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What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you?
Recently, an author friend of mine recommended me to her literary agent. The agent reached out based on my friend's recommendation and asked to see my work.
How would you spend ten thousand bucks?
I wouldn’t spend it, I’d donate it to The St Vincent DePaul Society. When I was a child, the SVdP Society was instrumental in helping my family and I’d consider it an honor to pay that back and pay it forward.
Where do you get your best ideas?
From people-watching. I’m wicked nosey. In a good way, though. And I love watching people I don’t know interact together in places like restaurants, on line at the bank, in shopping malls. You can tell an awful lot about a person from how they treat wait staff in a restaurant. Usually, I’ll see an interesting person, man or woman, and start to build a back story for them in my mind while I’m watching them. People act like their authentic selves when they think no one is watching. It’s great fodder for story ideas and character arcs.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
Character, first, last, and always. After I find my hero and heroine, I devise their backstories, and then think of situations that would put them in conflict with one another.
What does your main character do that makes him/her special.
I don’t necessarily know that it’s something my heroine does that makes her special, but more the kind of woman she is. All my heroines are strong women. I don’t mean only physically. They each have very strong internal wills, backbones of titanium, and are willing to stick their necks out for someone they love or an ideal they are passionate about, despite the possibility they might suffer because of it.
Dominic Stamp—Nikko to his very few friends—has had enough interference from TV newbies. And when Stacy climbs out of the car in Montana, he’s not convinced she’s even old enough to drive, much less produce his show. But he can’t deny that the long-legged blonde with the stubborn will and the dazzling smile whets his appetite. And as Stacy proves her talent with the crew and the budget alike, Nikko vows to prove to her that love is on the menu for both of them . . .
Enjoy an Excerpt:
This couldn’t be the new executive producer.
She looked like an intern, barely out of college, not the seasoned television producer Teddy Davis had emailed him about.
The one he’d emailed back saying he neither wanted nor needed.
Hair the color of champagne fell just below her shoulders in a soft cascade of waves and ripples. Even in the heat and humidity engulfing them it looked fresh. Her face was a perfect heart, a tiny dip in the center of the hairline bifurcating her brow into two perfectly aligned sections, her flawless chin falling into a delicate point. She had one hand out to shake his, the other shading her eyes from the strong and harsh afternoon sun, but underneath her fingers he was able to make out a pair of sloe-shaped eyes in a deep, forest green.
Taller than average but small boned, her legs took up most of the lissome body. With her lips held together in a tight line, she reached him.
“I’m Stacy Peters, Mr. Stamp.”
He stopped and planted his feet, his gaze shifting to her outstretched hand and then back up to her face without taking it. Her eyes narrowed into a determined glare and it looked as if she wasn’t going to back down until he shook it. With reluctance, he did.
Like the rest of her, her fingers were narrow and thin as they coiled around his.
A blast of heat instantly warmed and calmed his entire body like a few shots of his favorite Irish whiskey did after a rough and painful day. The subtle aroma of vanilla floated to him, filling his senses with the sweet fragrance. The persistent, throbbing ache in his left leg the liquor helped chase away was momentarily forgotten with his hand rooted in hers.
About the Author:
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 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 has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.
Tying into her love of families, her children's book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.
Peggy holds a master's degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer's Disease during her time running an Alzheimer's in-patient care unit during the 1990s.
In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.
In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader's Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and was a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.
A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.
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