Author of the One Scoop or Two Series
Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes Romantic Comedies about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If she can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears rolling with laughter the next, she’s done her job as a writer!
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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, she brings all topics of daily 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’s created the families she wanted as that lonely child.
When she’s not writing Peggy is usually painting, crafting, scrapbooking or decoupaging old steamer trunks she finds at rummage stores and garage sales.
A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, Peggy is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.
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??!"
Hello Peggy! I’m so glad you’ve joined us on the Spotlight!
Okay lovely lady, what do you love that most people don’t like and wouldn't understand why you do?
I simply love, love, love scary movies. The creepier the better. And I’m not talking about slasher-porn like Texas Chainsaw crap or Saw 97,000,000. I mean real old fashioned, squirm in your seat, hide your eyes behind your fingers, quick breathing, heart pumping, you can’t look away from the screen scary movies. Most people don’t like those, or if they do, they like the bloody, gory kind not the psychological kinds that I do.
Yep, I officially think you’re crazy! LOL! What are two (or more) of your all-time favorite books in any genre?
For kids, I Iove THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD For pre-teens, all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books For adults, Naked in Death by JD Robb
I honestly couldn’t think of a better group! I’ve read all of those and they are fantastic. Laura’s escapades gave me a love for reading! Is there any advice for aspiring writers?
Listen to your heart. If you want to be a writer and everyone around you says you can’t or you don’t have enough talent or drive, ignore them and listen to yourself. There are more people who will nay-say then there are people who will lift you up when you have a dream they don’t believe in. You believe it and in yourself and your talent. Always.
Absolutely! Great advice! If writing is your first passion, what is your second?
Cooking and baking (and yes, I know they are two things, but to me they are one!) I grew up poor. Really poor. There were times dinner was 2 slices of white bread with mayo slathered over it and I was glad to get it. Once I could support myself I took every cookbook I could find in the library out (this was prior to the Internet & Google) and taught myself how to cook. Learned about flavor profiles. What herbs gave you what taste, and what vegetables went well with what dish. Baking fell from this love of cooking and since baking recipes are basically formulas at heart – and I am a devotee of the scientific method – baking came to me, naturally.
Wow, what a wonderful and inspiring story! Do you have a favorite quote?
From Maya Angelou: People will forget what you said; people will forget what you did; but people will never forget how you made them feel. I live by this thought every single day.
Lovely. What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
2019 was a banner year for me, award-wise. In those 12 months, I won: The OK_RWA IDA award for Christmas and Cannolis (1st place in Contemporary Novels) The 2019 Buyer’s Best Award (first Place) for Christmas and Cannolis (Mainstream Romance) The 2019 Book Buyers Best award (First Place_ Dearly Beloved (Contemporary romance) The 2019 Book Buyers Best award TOP PICK – Dearly Beloved. The 2019 NERFA award for Christmas and Cannolis (Contemporary Romance) Not a bad year, no? Hee hee!
Gadzooks lady! Congratulations!! I had heard of some but not all of them! No one is more deserving! What do you use to envision your characters? Do you have a storyboard, pictures, mental images, etc.?
Pinterest was invented for people like me who are very visual and need visual cues and stimulation. For each book, I do a story board filled with the characters who best resemble my H/H, the setting, and things about the story I want to include. Check out my Pinterest site here: Click Here
Do you need supreme quiet when you write or do you prefer music and/or background noise?
Total and complete quiet!! I can’t be one of the writers who can create in a coffee shop or somewhere public. I like my office. My quiet, has a door with a lock on it office! Hee-hee!
Me too, for the most part! What would you most like to say to your readers?
That without you, people like me wouldn’t have a purpose in life. It’s because you’ve invited us and our books into your lives and hearts that I can do what I love best in the world: tell stories. So, thank you for your support, love, and book buying habits.
About the Book
VANILLA WITH A TWIST
Release Date: May 20, 2020
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Cover Artist: Jennifer Greef
Genre/Sub-Genre: Sweet romance, small town romance, contemporary
For a few moments, she regarded him with a look his mother would have called insightful. The corners of her eyes narrowed, she dipped her chin a hair, and she pulled her mouth into another appealing pout he was tempted to kiss.
“I bet,” she said after a long, drawn-out sigh, “you were the kind of kid who took apart clocks and fans and vacuum cleaners to see how they worked.”
“It was more washing machines and lawn mowers and anything with a motor, but yeah. I was.”
She shook her head, her own lips forming a lopsided grin. “Your poor mother.”
Tandy rolled her eyes and shot her hands to her hips. “So it’s working again?” She thrust her chin at the ice cream machine.
“Okay, well, I can live with for now. And you think you know the real reason it’s been acting up?”
“I definitely do. But like I said, the water to the machine needs to be shut off to fix it.”
“Okay. Well, we close at nine.”
“I’ll come back a little before then. Get things ready. Is that okay with you?”
“I guess it’ll have to be.” She bit down on the inside of her cheek as her brows pulled together. “And you’re sure you want to do this?”
“If I weren’t, I wouldn’t offer, Tandy.”
Why her reluctance to have him help was such a turn-on was something he considered while he waited for his ice cream.
Let’s finish with everyone’s favorite… Speed Dating!
Favorite movie: Gone with the Wind
Best place you’ve visited: Ireland
Place you’d like to visit: Vatican City
Favorite food: Lobster mac and cheese. If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play you? Fran Drescher Oxford comma, yes or no? Yes
If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play you? Fran Drescher
Favorite drink: Water
Sports team: New Orleans Saints & LSU Tigers
Oxford comma, yes or no? Yes
Pen or pencil? Pencil
Favorite music? 80s rock
Coffee or tea? Tea
What does your desk look like? A bomb hit it
What is your writing vice or must-haves? Post-its
Plotter or pantser? Plotter
Mac or PC? MAC
Favorite dessert? Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting
Jamie Fraser (Outlander) or Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades)? Neither
What is your favorite thing to learn about in your free time? People’s lives. I love reading autobiographies and biographies
Are you earth, wind, fire or water? Wind – I’m full of hot air