Character Interview: Margaret McWhorter from Stopped Cold by Gail Pallotta
Margaret, welcome to Inner Source. Please tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do? What story did you bring to your author?
I’m a freshman in a private school in Mistville, North Carolina. I enjoy swimming and hanging out at The Grill with my friends. The first day of classes Jimmy Willmore caught my attention. I hoped he’d ask me out, but then my brother, Sean, took a steroid, had a stroke and ended up in the hospital. Now I’m hot on the trail of the drug dealers with my best friend, Emily, and Jimmy.
You’ve been through a tough few months, and you have watched someone you love suffer from steroid use. I’d like to know what you’d have to say to anyone contemplating taking these drugs to enhance their physical abilities.
If you had any idea what could happen, you wouldn’t do it. It’s not worth it. My brother is so smart he could have been anything he wanted. He could’ve grown up and found a cure for cancer, but now I’m afraid his life is ruined. We just want him to wake up and come live with us again.
Your father was a football player, a good one, and he exceled at what he did. You’re also an excellent athlete in your sport of choice. I get the feeling that even if your father didn’t push you to be the best, you’d still give it your all. What I’d like to know is that if you had the chance to have a heart-to-heart with your dad—because, after all, he is a nice guy, a loving father—what advice would you give him about his overzealousness to have his children compete?
LOL. My dad’s the most competitive guy in the world. If I could talk to him about it, I’d ask him to have a healthy competitive spirit. My Sunday school teacher says we all have a gift or gifts to use for God, and our purpose is to glorify Him. I want to develop my talent to the best of my ability, and yeah, it’d be nice if my best turned out to be “the best.” But I’d try to make Dad see that Sean and I don’t have to always be number one to be worthwhile.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” When God says, “all things” I believe He means even the bad things that happen to us. I got the distinct feeling that you understood this principle. What good do you believe came out of this traumatic time for you and for Sean?
The most important one was Dad accepting Sean for the person he was. Dad no longer had a choice about pushing Sean to be a great quarterback. It forced him to be proud of the things Sean had accomplished, and all of us were a lot happier.
Okay, inquiring minds want to know. How is Jimmy? Did you enjoy the Fall Festival?
Big grin. Jimmy’s fine. We had a great time at the Fall Festival. We’re dating now!
More about Stopped Cold:
Margaret McWhorter enjoys a laid-back Freshman year in high school flirting with Jimmy Willmore, swimming, and hanging out with friends—until that day. Her brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking a steroid. Now he’s lying unconscious in a hospital. Margaret’s angry at her dad for pushing Sean to be a great quarterback, but a fire of hatred burns inside her to make the criminals pay. Looking for justice, she takes Jimmy and her best friend, Emily, through a twisted, drug-filled sub-culture. A clue sends them deep into the woods behind the school where they overhear drug dealers discuss Sean.
Time and time again they walk a treacherous path and come face to face with danger. Even the cop on the case can’t stop them from investigating. All the while Margaret really wants to cure Sean, heal the hate inside, and open her heart to love.
Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. She’s been a Sunday school teacher, a swim-team coordinator and an after-school literary instructor. A former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she won Clash of the Titles in 2010. Her new teen book, Stopped Cold, is a best-seller on All Romance eBooks. She’s published short stories in “Splickety” magazine and Sweet Freedom with a Slice of Peach Cobbler. Some of her published articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Readers can find her on the internet on the staff of Clash of the Titles, at her blog, on her website, on Authors and More, which is on Facebook, and at Twitter.