Today I welcome Peggy Blann Phifer to Jubilee Writer. This is the kind of guest blog I look forward too. I started writing novels when I was fifty thus the blog name Jubilee Writer. Peggy is a great model for my theme. Hello, Peggy, let me give you a cyber hug and offer you a seat at my kitchen table. Let’s get started.
Tell my readers a little about your writing journey.
I was a late bloomer as far as this writing thing goes. Unlike many others, I didn’t always want to write or be a writer. I didn’t start this journey until age 50. That happened when, while on a lunch break at work, I finished a book I didn’t particularly like, put it down and commented to my friend, “I can write better than that.” And she said, “Then why don’t you?” So, I did. But it wasn’t quite as easy as I thought. Ha! Many false starts, giving up, starting again, but I found that once bitten, I couldn’t NOT write.
What is your latest published project.
“Whispering Hope” is my third published book, released in early May of this year. It’s a historical romantic suspense set in 1930 during the Prohibition years. It’s a story that formed in my mind many years ago, but I was hesitant to start it. I knew it would take a lot of work and a ton of research. But it kept bugging me. I’d work on it, set it aside, pick it up again, and so on. Then, about a year ago, after learning there weren’t many novels out there set during this time in American history, I determined to dust it off and finish it.
How do you research for your book?
It took a ton of research. I bought books dealing with bootlegging, illegal liquor coming into Wisconsin from Canada and smuggled down to Chicago. Books about Al Capone and the others making a fortune from it, and the efforts of Federal Agents attempts to shut them down. I even bought a used copy of the book “The Untouchables” written by Eliot Ness from which the TV show of the same name was based on. It was a fascinating search through this era leading up to the Great Depression.
If you could go back in time and give one piece of advice for your younger self about writing what would that be?
What is your favorite genre to read for fun?
My reading tastes are rather eclectic, but I generally like to read what I write, which is romantic suspense. But I also like political thrillers.
Peg is giving away an e-book version of Whispering Hope to a lucky commenter. Ask Peggy any questions you may have about her writing. Please comment on this blog, not on other social media where this will appear if you wish to be part of the give-away drawing.
Other books by Peg:
“To See the Sun” – contemporary romantic suspense set in Las Vegas.
“Somehow, Christmas Will Come” – women’s fiction with a touch of romance.
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.
Social media and buying links
Twitter: www.twitter.com/pegphifer @pegphifer
Purchase link for Whispering Hope: https://amzn.to/2KURU8x
Purchase link for To See the Sun: http://amzn.to/1ikiBEc
Purchase link for Somehow, Christmas Will Come: http://amzn.to/1MeSpok
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