Monday, August 19, 2013

Author: Peggy L. Henderson

I would like to introduce Historical, Time-Travel, Western Romance author, and my great friend, Peggy L. Henderson.

Welcome, Peggy.  I'm so excited for you to share information about your latest book.

Thank you, Carol, for hosting me on your blog today. I am offering a giveaway of one signed paperback copy of my first novel, Yellowstone Heart Song, to one commenter. Please leave your email contact in your comment so I can get in touch with the winner.

That's fantastic!  Please tell us a little about yourself.
I never thought I'd be a writer, much less publish a book some day. I always wanted to be a veterinarian. I guess life just had other plans for me. When my husband and I decided to start a family, vet school pretty much went out the window. I used to work with a vet who had three children while going through vet school. To this day, she is my hero. 

I live with my husband and two teenage sons in southern California. I have a Welsh pony and a miniature horse (down-sized from a barn of six horses). A crazy Labrador retriever who is a food vacuum, three cats, two parakeets, four bearded dragons (my compromise with my sons when they wanted a snake), and a small flock of chickens complete our menagerie of critters. I can’t imagine my life without my animals. My dream is to live in Montana some day.

Four years ago, I began writing a story that, for whatever reason, was stuck in my head for almost a year. I have been an avid romance reader for a long time, and the idea took hold to - why not? - write my own! What a simple idea, right?

It has been a long and difficult journey from my first sentence to a completed, and hopefully polished, manuscript. Today, I have a completed series of 5 books and a novella in what I called The Yellowstone Romance Series, a first book in my new Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series, and I am currently working on the final book in a trilogy set in the Grand Tetons.

You are a busy lady.  For new readers—what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
I write love stories. You can expect to get swept away in a sweet romance that is filled with adventure, twists, and turns, as you follow along with two people falling in love.

That sounds good to me.  How do you balance writing with the rest of your life?

Well, it’s a real juggling act. I work fulltime, at something that has absolutely nothing to do with writing. I am a laboratoy technologist by night, and a wife, mother, and writer during the day. Not all these things fit on my plate every day.

I can imagine.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

A typical day would usually start around 10am, and I usually stare at the computer (with a blank mind and a blank screen) for a while. Some days are easier than others to get words and thoughts in my head down on screen.

Can you describe your writing space? Do you have a picture?

Sorry, no picture. My writing space is either the couch in my living room or on my bed.

What are you most passionate about outside of writing?

My husband and family, and my animals. I enjoy nature – going camping and hiking. I’ve always been a passionate equestrian. I used to ride a lot when I had dressage horses, but we’ve had to move from our large home with horse property back to the city, and I’ve had to “down size” to just my Welsh pony and miniaure horse.

What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?
I write historical, time travel, and western romance. I’ve always been intrigued by the American west, and I’m a romantic at heart, so the two mesh quite nicely for me.

I'll say they do.  Do your characters come to you first, or the plot, or the world of the story?
The characters come to me first. Usually, I have just a blip of an idea for a story, then the characters take shape in my head. I’m a seat-of-my-pants writer. I rarely plot anything.

What sets your books apart from other authors?
I’m not going to compare myself to other authors. Each author brings something special, something uniquely their own to their writing, and how can I compare myself to that?

How do you go about developing your characters?

My characters usually come to me as I write. As the story develops, I get to know them better. I have a basic idea for who a certain character will be and what makes them tick, but they really start to develop when I simply give them full rein at the keyboard.

That sounds exciting.  Out of all the characters that you've written, who is your favorite and why?

Chase Russell from Yellowstone Redemption is my favorite character to date. When I first came up with the concept for the book, I knew I wanted to send a man to the past, something that isn’t done too often in time travels. It’s usually the heroine who gets sent back. I knew right away that, in order for Chase to even have a small chance to survive in the time and location the book is set in, he’d have to be athletic, and have that something special in him in order to succeed. He was such a flawed character at the beginning of the book, but that’s great, because those characters are the most fun to develop. I’ve had reviewers absolutely loathe him to the point that they wouldn’t give the book a chance and finish it. I do think that those readers stopped reading before Chase started his transformation, and he turned out to be a really great guy. He was also just a really fun character to write.

Can you share a little of your current work?
My current works in progress are Teton Sunset, the final book in the Teton Romance Trilogy, and Ain’t No Angel, the second book in the Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series.

Here’s an exclusive short teaser from Teton Sunrise.

“Dammit,” she whispered, and swiped the back of her hand across her eyes. He’d be back any moment, and she couldn’t allow him to see her weak. She shoved the knife under her pillow, and waited. The door creaked open not a moment later, and Lucas tossed her britches into the cabin. They landed on the ground in front of her, and without so much as a glance her way, he pulled the door shut again.
Tori grabbed for her clothes. She instantly regretted her quick move as pain ripped through her chest. She ignored it, and pushed her legs into the pants. The leather was stiff and frozen, and she hastily pulled the britches off again.
“Damn him,” she mumbled under her breath and glared at the door, as if he could see her angry face. Tori stood, and moved to the hearth. She laid the britches out in front of the fire, and hoped they would dry fast, then darted a quick glance over her shoulder. If she hurried, she could find something to wear before Walker returned.

That sounds great!  I can't wait to read more.  Where can readers find more information on you?


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Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

Teton Romance Trilogy:
Teton Sunrise
Teton Splendor
Teton Sunset (Fall/Winter 2013)

Yellowstone Romance Series:
Yellowstone Heart Song
Yellowstone Redemption
Yellowstone Awakening
Yellowstone Dawn
Yellowstone Deception
A Yellowstone Christmas (novella)

Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series
Come Home to Me
Ain’t No Angel (Fall 2013)

Peggy, thank you so much for being with us today, and for sharing your love of Montana with us in your books.  For those who have been to Yellowstone, you remind them of the beauty of the area.  For those who have yet to go, you make them anxious to see an area of the country you write so passionately about.

And don't forget Peggy's giveaway of one signed paperback copy of her first novel, Yellowstone Heart Song to one commenter.  Leave your email contact in your comment so she can get in touch with the winner.  You don't want to miss this book!


Lyn Horner said...

Wonderful interview, Peggy and Carole! I enjoyed learning more about you, Peggy, and I love the excerpt. Your books are so well written!

Anonymous said...

Good interview, Peggy. So fun to learn more about you. Did you grow up in So Cal? BTW, just learned a friend of mine is one of your best fans. Her name is Peggy too and I'm always clicking on her name when I mean to be writing to you. Finally she asked me who this other Peggy was. Life is funny.

Peggy Henderson said...

Hey Lyn, So glad you stopped by.

Char, that is so funny. Say hi to Peggy for me!

Dannielle Scheuer said...

You write some of my favorite books! I would love to have one signed by you. Thanks for taking the time to do this interview and tell us about your upcoming release. Cant wait!

Susan Horsnell said...

Loved the interview, Peggy.
I have all your books on my Kindle waiting to be read. Very much looking forward to them.

Susan Horsnell said...

Great interview, Peggy.
I have all your books on my Kindle.
Can't wait to read them.

pianokam said...

Great Interview! Love reading your books. Am looking forward to reading more books by you so keep on writing :) My email address is - so enter my name in the signed book contest! Thanks.

srussell said...

I just have to say I just loved Chase. That was one great book!! I can't wait for the upcoming books. thanks for the interview. I enjoyed it.

srussell said...

I just loved Chase--Thanks for the great interview. I can't wait for the upcoming books. I'm hooked!

Peggy Henderson said...

Thank you all who entered, and for everyone's nice comments. The winner of the giveaway is Dannielle Mastello Scheuer. Congrats, Dannielle! Your book is on its way