Today I’m pleased to welcome author Peg Phifer to Sowing Seeds of Hope. She has an interesting writing journey to share along with a PRINT (US ONLY) or E-BOOK GIVEAWAY (winner’s choice) of her newest release, Whispering Hope. Be sure to stick around to the end of the blog to enter!
It’s great to have you here, Peg. How long have you been writing?
I’m a late bloomer. I didn’t start writing until age 50. Many ideas floated around in my head and I had many starts and stops, discarding one after the other, yet never giving up … though I wanted to, too many times to count. Yet I persisted. I could not not write, if that makes any sense. But it took me over 20 years before I got my first novel published.
As an author myself, I completely understand that. What is your favorite part of the writing process?
There’s no greater feeling of accomplishment than writing THE END. But to be honest, my favorite part is re-writing. I’ve heard that’s the part of the process that many writers hate. It may sound crazy, but I really enjoy it.
Very interesting that you enjoy editing. You’re right. Many dislike that part. How similar are you to your heroines?
Not at all. According to the Briggs-Myers test I took a while ago, I’m over 80% introvert. I always knew I was but was surprised to see that high of a percentage. Who wants to read about introverted heroines? On the other hand, maybe I should. Who could write one better? Anyway, my heroines are fun and funny, strong without being aggressive, yet vulnerable.
I’m an introvert as well. I think writing is a way for us introverts to release our inner lion. LOL! If you could travel to any time or place, where/when would it be? Why?
I love this question. Each time I’m asked I come up with something different. A dream getaway would be a Mediterranean cruise stopping at all ports of call, seeing all the sites to be seen, including Israel. I’d love to walk where Jesus walked. Other than that, I’d love to visit England, where my ancestors came from. Scotland and Ireland, mainly. I’d love to write a book in that setting … maybe historical.
That sounds wonderful! Do you have a favorite character in your novels? If so, why?
For Whispering Hope, my recent release, I have to say my favorite character would be Ginny. She’s a simple country girl caught up in a world she never knew existed. Yet she faces everything that’s thrown at her with strength she wasn’t aware she had. My second favorite in this same story, would be Rance. For some reason I really like writing male characters, and Rance was no exception.
I enjoy writing the male perspective as well. Is research something you enjoy? To how much of an extent to you go to find answers?
I love research. Whispering Hope was great fun to search out the details of 1930 during Prohibition, a time in our history that has fascinated me. I bought a large number of books about the era. Also a DVE PBS Ken Burns show about everything from the Volstead Act, bootlegging, Al Capone, and all that. And I burned up hours of Google search, printing out articles, old pictures and maps to guide me … you name it.
That’s awesome. Thanks for joining us, Peg!
Author Peggy Blann Phifer, a retired executive assistant after twenty-one years in the Electrical Wholesale Industry, lives in the ‘boonies’ of NW Wisconsin. A late bloomer, Peg didn’t start taking writing seriously until age fifty.
Her debut novel, To See the Sun, a contemporary romantic suspense, released in January 2012. A second novel, Somehow, Christmas Will Come, contemporary women’s fiction with a touch of romance and mystery, released in November 2014, revised and re-released in late 2015. A new work titled Whispering Hope, an historical romantic suspense, set during the years of Prohibition, released in early May, 2018. Her work has also appeared in numerous anthologies over the past five years.
Peg is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not writing, Peg enjoys reading, blogging, and sharing her home with her daughter, son-in-law, and a Border Collie mix dog named Rocky.
Back cover blurb:
1930 Chicago is no place for a Wisconsin country girl.
Virginia Hopewell visits her cousin in Chicago and gets caught up in a deadly gangster shooting at a speakeasy, barely escaping with her life. After learning of the tragic death of her father, brother, and sister-in-law, Ginny returns to Wisconsin and convinces her mother to reopen the resort her father had closed after losing everything in the stock market crash in 1929.
Ransom Blake, an agent with the Chicago Bureau of Prohibition, had been at the same speakeasy acting on a tip about the shooting. Rance is charged with finding the gangster responsible. He and his team are sent to Wisconsin where the man was reported being seen, and to investigate how illegal liquor from Canada is making its way to Chicago. With the opening of Whispering Hope Resort, Rance registers as a guest and comes face to face with the lovely redhead he’d briefly encountered at the speakeasy during the shooting.
**Read how God works in the lives of Cynthia’s characters in her Inspirational, Historical Romance (Prairie Sky) Series.
UNDER THIS SAME SKY ~ BOOK ONE
UNDER PRAIRIE SKIES ~ BOOK TWO
~ Beyond shattered dreams lies a realm of possibilities ~
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