interview with peggy
Deirdra: When did you first know you wanted to be an author?
Peggy: Believe it or not, a local newspaper published one of my poems when I was in the first grade. Even as a six year old, I loved seeing my work in print. That got me started writing for the elementary school’s literary magazine. But it was my eighth grade English teacher who first taught me characterization and plot development. She opened up a universe of writing possibilities. I entered the school’s creative writing contest that year and won. The day the principal announced my success over the loud speaker to the whole school, my jaw dropped to the floor and my passion to write ignited.
Deirdra: What is your writing and educational background?
Peggy: I learned the most about writing while I created my first novel. I won a couple of writing contests, started writing for local LDS newspapers, and flipped when one of my stories was published in another author’s book. Imagine my thrill when I received a contract for my first novel. But when the publisher plunged into financial difficulties, they released most of their contracts, mine included, so I sidetracked for awhile. I attended a computer school and graduated with a multimedia degree, which landed me a position as a graphic designer. Though I lay out graphics during the day, my literary education continues with each writing project I take on.
Deirdra: What makes you passionate about writing?
Peggy: Words and the way they fit together inflame my passion to write. Just the thought of reading a well-crafted sentence accelerates my pulse. I also love attending writer’s conferences. Hearing a day’s worth of authors’ writing techniques sends me home with the desire to plant my backside in the seat and write until I drop.
Deirdra: Besides writing what other talents do you have?
Peggy: I’ve dabbled in many different creative pursuits over the years. I spent time as a florist, crafter, dancer (ballet), and artist (watercolor and pastels). The problem is I want to do it all. I finally realized I had to choose what creative outlet thrilled me the most. Guess which talent came in first?
Deirdra: What is your writing schedule like?
Peggy: My writing schedule consists of snatching moments. Finding time to write hasn’t come easy while raising a special needs child, going through a divorce, taking care of my parents, and earning a living. I’d love nothing more than to have a huge block of time to practice my craft every day. Since I don’t, I write between five and six in the morning continue...