22 March 2012

Getting to know you Thursdays with Peggy Blann Phifer with giveaway

Today please welcome Peggy Blann Phifer to my blog today. Peggy is also offering one reader an ebook read before for info. 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was blessed to have been born into a Christian home with Godly parents. I was the oldest of three, with one sister and one brother. My sister Martha was truly a “Martha” to my “Mary.” I loved helping my dad with anything he did, while Marty was a little homebody from the beginning . . . Mom’s happy little helper. And that was fine with me. I hated anything to do with housework. Still do. My brother was a natural-born clown with a bizarre sense of humor, which I shared with him.

When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?
I loved books and reading from early on. Mom would read aloud to us often, and I had a great time imagining the faces and scenes as she read. “Little Women” was one of the first I remember reading myself. The one that stands out vividly even now was “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan. That was one Mom read to us aloud one summer as we’d sit out on the front lawn after Church. Good memories. (Jenny here, I liked Little Women, I remember getting junior clubhouse a magazine for children with readings, contests etc and they had Pilgrim's Progress in it each month and reading it that way.)

Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and write?
As a writer of romantic suspense, that’s what I read the most of. But when I need a break, both from the writing and reading of that particular genre, I really enjoy disappearing into the past. Particularly period historical fiction like Victorian, Regency, Edwardian, and Medieval. As you can see, my reading journeys take me to the British Isles. That’s my heritage, so it’s what I like to read.

How did you go about becoming a writer?
I’ve always loved to write. I used to make up stories of my own, silly, fanciful stuff that, fortunately, have not survived the passage of time. Then I started re-writing some of the books I read, sometimes changing the ending, or adding a mischievous character. That was fun. After that, I began creating real stories and over time, I knew I loved the process.

If you were not a writer what would you like to be?
A designer. I love creating things. I used to design my own clothing for my paper dolls. Not the Betsy McCall doll. I’d cut out models from catalogs, mostly those modeling swimsuits or underwear, and mount them on cardboard. Then I’d outline their figure on plain paper and design gorgeous gowns. But now, I think I’d probably be an interior designer, or one of those people who “stage” homes for sale, or model homes in a new development. That would be so fun.

Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?
I think my answer above would fit here, too. J

Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
I’d love to go back to the places of my heritage on both sides of my family: England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. I’d really like to take what they used to call “The Grand Tour” – an extended jaunt through Europe across the sea on a big ship with a steamer trunk full of lovely clothes.

If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
Barbara Bush. I have always admired her unpretentious attitude. She’s real people. Sheila Walsh (Women of Faith) because of her quick wit, gracious personality, and . . . she’s Scottish! Queen Elizabeth II. Do I have to explain? LOL

Finally can you tell us about your current books and/or any that will be coming out soon?
My current release, To See the Sun was released in January 2012, and is the first book in a 3-book series called Desert Faith Series. You can read the back cover blurb and the first chapter at: http://peggyblannphifer.com/my_books.htm  
Book 2, To Hear the Wind, is in the works but there is no projected release date yet.
You can find my book at the following:

Peggy Blann Phifer is an author and columnist, book reviewer and author interviewer, whose work has appeared on various Web sites and writer periodicals both in print and online. She is also an avid reader who loves to escape by diving between the covers of a good book. Peg enjoys handcrafts of all kinds and her home shows off some of her work, though most end up as gifts for friends and family. A retired executive assistant, Peg now makes her home in southern Nevada with husband of 25 years, Jim. TO SEE THE SUN is her debut novel, released January 2012

Contact her at her website at: http://peggyblannphifer.com
Visit her blog “Whispers in Purple" at http://www.whispersinpurple.com

For a chance to win a copy of To See The Sun in ebook format. Peggy would like you to leave a comment addressing some part of the interview. Please leave a way to contact you by putting your email in a form like myemail at myemail dot com. The winner will receive a voucher from either Amazon or Barnes and Nobel for a ebook. Remember you must follow the instructions any comments just saying enter me will not count.
you have till Friday 30 March 6pm Australian time to enter.


Peggy said...

Thank you, Jenny, for hosting me this week. It's a pleasure and honor to be featured on your blog.

Sharon said...

What a blessing to have been raised in a Christian home. I think it's the most valuable thing we can give to our children.

Sharon Srock

Diana Flowers said...

I just loved the book Little Women, and I still have it in a box somewhere. Probably worth some money after all of these years. :) I don't read books more than once, but as a young girl I read that one over and over again. Every version that is made into a movie I watch!

My heritage on my dad's side was English, Irish, and Scottish, too, so we have something in common, but on my mom's side all Dutch. So I am a mutt to be sure! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!


beemama said...

Jenny - it is great to find your blog after crossing your path on other sites.
Peggy - I too am the oldest of 3 with a younger brother and sister. he memories of our childhood are so very special viewed from where I am now. They are real treasures since my brother went to be with the Lord 10 yrs ago.

Cass Wessel said...

Thanks you Jenny for this interesting interview. Like Peg, one great joy for me is to "dive between the covers" of a good book. All the buzz states To See The Sun is a hit! Although Romantic Suspense isn't my primary genre of choice, this book sounds like one I'd like to read. Way to go with this book, Peg. Blessings, Cass

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story....

sheila walsh...i, too, love her 'quick wit'...i have heard her speak several times w/ 'women of faith.'

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Pam K. said...

I used to design clothes for my paper dolls too! I spent many happy hours with those dolls as a child. I even spent one semester as a costume design major until I wised up that I have no art talent! It's fun to learn of someone else who designed clothes for their paper dolls.


lorlyn63 said...

I enjoy a good romantic suspense novel and this one sounds good. I also love to dive into a good book and get lost in its pages! Thank you for the opportunity to win this book and wish you the best in your writing career! Someday I hope to write as well.



Peggy said...

I want to thank everyone for your comments on my interview and book. And to thank Jenny for hosting me.

Maybe we can do this again when the next book comes out!

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