Today we welcome Peggy Chambers.
Book ‘Em: Tell us about you and your life outside of writing.
Peggy Chambers: I am a retired office worker and now and have lots of time to write. I live with my husband and dog in my home town of Enid, OK in middle America (not Middle Earth).
Book ‘Em: Which books have you written? What are they about and why did you choose to write them? Do your books have a message? Are they fiction or nonfiction?
Peggy Chambers: All my books are fiction and I chose to write them because an idea came to me and would not go away. My first book was pulp fiction – The Apocalypse Sucks, published by Airship 27. It is a dark comedy about two women who are left to try to live their lives after a virus takes out most of the world. And they do it in style. The message in this book is that people will always be people no matter the circumstance. They are afraid of what they don’t know and can be kind and giving when tragedy strikes. Book two – Glome’s Valley, published by Lee Press, an imprint of Oghma Creative Media, is a YA Peter Pan type romp through the forests of southeast Oklahoma. It is set at the Heavener Runestone in southern Oklahoma and the message is that we may not know all there is about history in the United States. Some school of thought on the runestone is that it was carved by Vikings long before Columbus discovered what is now America. Book three – Secrets of Sandhill Island, published by The Wild Rose Press, is a romantic suspense novel sometimes called a murder mystery because a brutal murder takes place at the beginning. The main character believed the death was an accident for twenty years. She finds it was not and she is now at the center of a secret that could get her, and her loved ones, killed. The message is you can’t run away from your past and you must face what you have become. Book four – Return to Glome’s Valley, self-published, is the second in the Glome’s Valley series. Ethan has returned to the area an adult, but the ancient forest has not changed. He is pulled back into the world he knew as a child and learns some new things about the forests and its inhabitants. The message is that some mysteries should not be solved.
Book ‘Em: Do you have a work in progress?
Peggy Chambers: The second in the Sandhill Island series will be out soon. Stones of Sandhill Island takes place on the same island as the original, has some of the same characters, and is once again a suspense novel. I am also working on another pulp fiction.
Book ‘Em: What was the most difficult section/piece you ever wrote? What made it difficult?
Peggy Chambers: I inherited my parent’s letters they wrote back and forth when my father was in WWII. I am putting together a love story based on these letters. It is an eye-opening experience seeing the world of the 1940s through their eyes.
Book ‘Em: What sort of research do you do for your work?
Peggy Chambers: I normally research on the internet and I try to visit places I write about.
Book ‘Em: Which books and authors do you read for pleasure? Is there an author that inspires you?
Peggy Chambers: I love Ernest Hemmingway. I’m a big Stephen King fan and Anita Shreve. As you can see, my reading is varied, and I think that is why I write so many different genres.
Book ‘Em: Was there a person who encouraged you to write?
Peggy Chambers: Dorothy Cozart – an English teacher in high school taught me to love great books.
Book ‘Em: What would you say are your strengths as an author?
Peggy Chambers: I love to write dialogue, but I think I do well with descriptions. I hope to make the reader see what I am seeing in my mind.
Book ‘Em: How often do you write, and do you write using a strict routine?
Peggy Chambers: I write every day and I have no routine (like morning or afternoon). But my best writing is done when I can get away and curl up in the recliner in the guest bedroom I use as my writing room. No distractions and a comfortable feel.
Book ‘Em: Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a writer?
Peggy Chambers: I hope to be able to write for a larger publishing house, but mostly I just hope to improve my writing skills, so I am happy with them.
Book ‘Em: If you could offer one piece of advice to a novice writer, what would it be?
Peggy Chambers: Read lot of other authors.
Book ‘Em: What would you consider the best compliment a reader could give your book?
Peggy Chambers: I would consider it a complement if the reader said they felt they were there when they read my scene.
Book ‘Em: Provide an excerpt of your writing that you would like to share with our members.
Peggy Chambers: From Return to Glome’s Valley:
The dragon’s scaly head broke the surface of the pond and burst into the ebony sky like a missile, sending cattails and sleepy dragonflies spewing from both sides of the pond. Her long neck was quickly followed by a massive body that glowed a blood red on the underside. Free from the confines of the pond and finally airborne, the front legs unfolded releasing her magnificent crimson wings edged in shining gold. She flapped once, sending the trees bending to her glory and flames belched from her mighty jaws illuminating the moonlit night. Then, pointing her nose toward the cave the draugrs guarded, she flapped once again and rocketed through the night sky like a giant ruby ready to explode.
Fafnir sat on his bat watching the spectacle, then followed at a safe distance to avoid the prop wash created by her wings and magnificent tail. The cave, a half-day’s hike from the cottage on foot, was a mere three flaps of the monstrous wings – and all eyes looked up – marveling at her arrival.
You can find Peggy at http://peggylchambers.wordpress.com/ where she writes a weekly blog, like her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BraWars, connect with her on Twitter at @ChambersPeggy, or on Instagram at champeggy.
The Apocalypse Sucks http://tinyurl.com/ya6w4sg7
Secrets of Sandhill Island http://tinyurl.com/gnjp94b
Glome’s Valley http://tinyurl.com/zzwpbzh
Return to Glome’s Valley http://tinyurl.com/ybdsqr6w