Anne: I just love the lady we're interviewing today. Peggy Blann Phifer is a cyber friend of a few years now, and we have written in two series together, Kathi Macias' 12 Days of Christmas (her story there was called Best Laid Plans and you can read the review HERE) and the Summer in Sweetland series (That story is All Things Work Together and you can read the review HERE). She is a talented author and a beautiful friend!
By the way, if you will go to yesterday's review (the second review mentioned above) AND Peggy's website, you will see a chance to win her latest story!
So, Peggy, what inspired All Things Work Together?
Peggy: Because I was a grieving widow and struggling with the idea of moving on, someone suggested I write a story about that, perhaps incorporating that idea in my next book in the Desert Faith Series, of which To See the Sun was Book 1. I toyed with the idea but somehow it didn't work.
So when the Sweetland project came my way I saw the opportunity to write that story. Then, when I read the first three segments by you, Diane Huff Pitts, and Sue Badeau I got the inspiration. I loved the characters in all three and "borrowed" some of them. I'm not quite sure what made me create my main character as an American Indian, but it felt right.
Then, in Sue's book I met Misty and made her an American Indian, too. The rest just fell into place.
Anne: Why do you write?
Peggy: There's no easy way to explain that. I'd love to say, like so many others, that I can't not write. While that's true in a way, it's not exactly the right answer. I love creating things with my own hands. I've done ceramics, embroidery, knitting, crochet. sewing, drawing . . . so writing seemed a natural new way to create.
Anne: What about you might your readers consider surprising?
Peggy: Ha! I once shot and killed a raiding fox who had taken several of our barn cats and some chickens. But when it caught and killed our pet duck, Peter, that was the last straw. I saw the wily critter leaping around in our back hayfield and I took my husband's 30.03 rifle (I was a good shot) and waited for the wily critter to jump up again and pulled the trigger. Got him at 100 yards…the length of a football field. To this day my family marvels at that.
Anne: Who is your favorite character in the story?
Peggy: Rozene, without a doubt. I like my female characters to be sassy, spunky, and vulnerable.
Anne: What is your favorite scene?
Peggy: The scene at the hospital. 'Nuf said J
Anne: Yeah, we don't want any spoilers! What do you want your readers to take with them from the story?
Peggy: That moving on will always bring something better.
Anne: How true. Thank you so much for your visit today, Peggy. You are an inspiration!