Welcome to the Spotlight:
Author of the Series: A Pride of Brothers
Release date: January 13, 2020 – Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Editor: Eilidh Mackenzie – Cover Artist: Kristian Norris
“Right there.” She aimed her fork at him as if it were a spear. “Perfect example. You know I hate being called Abigail. I’ve lost count of the hundreds of times I’ve told you and you still do it, knowing it pisses me off. And”—she cut him off before he could speak— “your usual response is to lift your hands and say ‘and still’ when you’re called on it. Who does that? What kind of person persistently and purposefully annoys people?”
“So you’re saying I’m intentionally annoying?”
“Persistently, so. Yes. Makes the lawyer in me wonder why.”
Just the lawyer? “Any answers come to mind?”
“Care to share?”
She placed her fork down next to her plate and regarded him across the table. “You really want to hear this? Because if you know anything about me, you know I’m truthful. I don’t hold back.”
Oh, he was sure she didn’t. And wouldn’t. Her tenacity was one of the things he’d first been drawn to.
That and her fabulous ass.
“I’m a big boy,” he said with a grin. “I can take it.
She took a sip of water first, her eyes trained on him the entire time. “Okay. If you really want to hear this.”
He waved his hand for her to continue.
“I think you use your cocky, aren’t-I-simply-too- witty attitude to keep people at a distance.”
Hello Peggy! I’m so glad you’ve joined us on the Spotlight!
How long does it take you to write a book? Since I retired in 2015 to write fulltime, it usually takes me 90 days to pound out a first draft, then another month of editing before I finally send it to my editor. I’ve been able to have between 3 and 4 books a year since 2015 published because I stick to that schedule.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I use text-to-speech when I am writing intense dialogue – the kind where the subtext has to shine through. Hearing it repeated back to me gives me a sense that what I am saying(writing) rings true to the character and “sounds” right to the reader.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? That it’s really not as easy as you’d think! Seriously, it’s hard work and when I meet a random person who says, “I should write a book,” flippantly, I will say to them, “Go ahead,” while I am thinking, “you think it’s so easy, give it a try!” A little mean,yes, but….
How many books have you written? 20 to date that have been published. 5 currently in production. Which is your favorite? That’s like asking which is your favorite child!!! Hahah. I love them all for different reasons, and equally.
What do you think makes a good story? Like I say in my biography, if you can cry on one page and be brought out of that sadness with laughter on the next, the author has done a good job of writing. Personally, I think well rounded characters you can find yourself rooting for, or who make you feel as if they could be your friends, are always going to make me what to read their stories.
Describe a typical writing day. Since I have chronic menopause induced insomnia ( and yes, that is a thing!) I am typically up between 1 am & 2am. Because hubby is still sleeping, I go up to my office and do all my social media scheduling for the day. That can take anywhere between an hour an 90 minutes. Since I plot, I then review what I want to accomplish, scene-wise, for the day, reread what I wrote the previous day and then write a minimum of 1000 words before I do anything else. Once that it accomplished I do the adulting things like go to the gym, clean the house, laundry and grocery shop. When the adult stuff is done I go back and write at least 500 words more – sometimes more, then work on blogs I need to pen for my website, or the three other blogs I routinely write a column for once a month. By now it’s afternoon and I get dinner started. I typically write anywhere, total, 8-10 hours a day. Since I am retired and hubby still works, this works well for me. I keep this schedule religiously 5 days a week and then on the weekends I typically just refine the blog posts and do my social media.
How do you deal with emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story? This is a great question!! I once wrote a scene about a pet dying in one of my earlier books ( FIRST IMPRESSIONS) and it took me 4 days to write 500 words. My own aged cat had recently passed away and the wound was still so raw I had difficulty actually writing the words. It became too much for me and I let it go, writing about a sentence a day before I dissolved in tears. After a week I was able to complete the scene and when I read it back I felt I had done the emotions revealed in the words justice. I described exactly what I was feeling and it resonated with the heroine’s grief. Since then I’ve written a few other “death” scenes and have tried to incorporate some kind of humanity and humor into them so they “feel” like the true emotions of grief and loss.
How do you handle literary criticism? I would really like to be mature and say it rolls off my like water off a duck’s back but that would be a blatant lie! I usually stuff myself with some Peppermint Patties when I read a horrible review – and I’ve had a few!!! The positive ones outweigh the negative ones 100 to 1, but you always remember the bad one first! A bag of PP usually helps! Hee hee. Ergo – the reason I need to go the gym everyday.
Have any of your books been made into audiobooks? If not is that in your future? Six so far.
What do you hope your readers take away from this book? My core belief when I write a romance book is that everyone deserves their own HEA even if they don’t think they do, or if it’s something that’s just not in cards for them. Abby and Rick both believe they are destined to being alone, both for different reasons. What was fun for me was making them see and realize that each of them was the other’s soul mate! So what I hope the readers take away is that no matter what, YOU deserve your own happily ever after!
If you could cure a disease, what would it be? ( I know this is the 11th question and you said 5-10 but it is such a great question I wanted to answer it!) If I could, I would cure loneliness. Most people won’t consider this a disease but it’s a contributing factor in so many things like depressions, drug use, suicide, that being able to CURE it would be, in my mind, a real service to humanity.
Let’s Have Another Read!!
“You’re really going to spend the night? Here?” she finally asked.
“And every other night until Genocardi is caught.”
She went stone still. “He doesn’t know where I live.”
“You can’t be sure of that. Neither can I, so…” He lifted his hands, palms up.
It was a wonder blood wasn’t seeping through her lips from the intense way she was biting down on her cheek.
“Look.” He leaned a hip against the sink, folded his arms across his chest. “I know you think there’s no worry or danger to you from this guy. But in my professional opinion—and please remember what I do for a living—you can never underestimate someone who’s gone off the deep end like this guy has. He may not be targeting you, may have forgotten all about you, but I seriously doubt it.”
She sighed, snuggled the cat closer, and buried her face in its fur.
“Josh can assign someone who’ll keep you as safe as I can. But do you really want someone you don’t know following you around all day? Possibly for several days?”
“God, no. I’d hate that.”
“Then isn’t it better I’m the one? You know me. You can trust me. You do trust me, right?”
Without hesitating, she replied, “Of course I do.”
He nodded again, relieved by her answer. He pushed off the counter, took a few steps toward her, and then reached out a hand to rub the cat’s neck as she was doing.
“I know this is hard for you,” he said, hiking his voice to be heard over Moonlight’s thunderous vocal vibrations. “Being invaded, having your privacy and your quiet life infringed upon. I’d be mad, too.”
“I’m not mad,” she said. “Just…inconvenienced.”
“Yeah, I get that. It won’t be for long, though, I’m sure. Your cop buddy will find Genocardi. As soon as the threat is gone, I’ll be out of your hair.”
She stared at him for a moment over the cat’s head. “You might want to grab my law book again, Bannerman.”
“Your argument’s pretty solid on all levels. Almost lawyer-worthy.”
“Now, there’s no need to be insulting, Abigail.” He pulled himself up to his full height and glared down his nose at her.
He was pleased when she laughed, since it had been his intent. “Go on and do whatever you need to do. I’ve got stuff to do as well,” he told her.
With one final glance at him, she moved from the kitchen, the cat still in her arms.
FANTASTIC!!! I can’t wait to read it! Where can we purchase it at?
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SPEED DATING WITH PEGGY!
Room full of snakes or a room full of spiders?
I’d rather be dead that to be in either!
An endless summer or an endless winter?
Constant nagging pain or a constant itch?
Nagging. You can tune it out. Not so much with an itch!
Always be an hour early or be constantly twenty minutes late?
Live in a haunted mansion or live in a un-haunted cottage?
Tea or coffee
Neither. I’m a diet mountain dew or water girl
Hot or cold
Movie or book
Coke or Pepsi
Toilet paper – over or under:
Morning person or Night owl:
Both since hence, insomnia!
Shower or bath
City or country
Social Media or book
Paperback or e-book
You’re Awesome Peggy! Where Can We Find You?
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Peggy Jaeger writes contemporary romances and rom coms about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.
Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all aspects of life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness, and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.
As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go “What??!”