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Right Brain: Margaret Bailey

Special to the Daily Margaret Bailey, author

When the country switched from the silver standard to gold in 1893, a once prosperous Leadville was no more. In order to boost business, an annual winter carnival including the enormous Ice Palace was set up. This is the setting of Margaret Bailey’s historical romance, “Diamond in the Sky.”

A Frisco resident at heart (and technically too, as she still owns a condo here), Bailey is currently spending most of her time in Texas. But during her nearly 15 years in the county, she was always fascinated by the idea of the grand ice centerpiece that didn’t work out quite as planned in the early days of Leadville’s history.She said this novel (the first to be published) was written differently than most of her others, in that she investigated an idea instead of simply writing with a philosophy in mind.

“All the other stories start with the idea that everybody is trying to love and be loved …”After teaching German at Denver public schools for 28 years, Bailey finally followed her passion of writing, of which she believes she’d been doing all her life, if only in her head.

“Writing is something that I cannot not do,” Bailey said. “I write because I have something I want to leave in the world.”She’s currently working on a series involving a large Vietnamese family which in waves escapes from its country of origin. She’s also got a story about a woman who spends most of her life in the wilderness before a meaningful encounter with a modern person.

With her works each varying greatly in their subject, Bailey said she finds marketing to be a challenge.”It’s the area of writing I’m the weakest – self-promotion,” she said. “I really just want to be writing the story.”Bailey will sign copies of her “Diamond in the Sky” on Sept. 1 at Frisco’s The Open Book.

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