Peggy Jaeger (Author Interview)
Please tell us something unique about you we can’t learn from your bio.
I don’t tell too many people this because they get a little leery, but I am an incredible mimic. I can be with a person for an hour and have their speech cadence, verbal intonations, physical habits, and dialect pretty much nailed by the end of that time. I was an only child, quiet and shy, and I spent a great deal of my childhood watching people interact. It was a little voyeuristic and a whole lot educating. If I hadn’t gone into writing, I probably would have tried acting or a career in voice-overs in commercials and for cartoons.
What’s your writing routine like?
I work on my current work in progress 5 days per week anywhere from 8-10 hours daily. I write a minimum of 2500 words a day and I don’t do anything else until that word count is completed. Once it is I do all the necessary stuff like laundry, grocery shopping, exercise. Then, if I have anytime left over before I need to start supper, I write more. I consider writing my full time job, so I devote the time necessary to it. On weekends I write blog posts for my website, synopses of books I’m planning, and character profiles.
Do you make up settings or use real places and why?
All my books are placed in well known states along the East Coast: New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut. Then I invent a town you could really picture in one of those places. Since I write about families living in small towns, I want to give the reader a sense that this place is real. I’m working on a new series set in New Hampshire and I’ve actually drawn a map of the town with all the street names. My town may be fictional, but when the reader reads about it, she gets a sense she knows exactly where it’s located.
How much are your characters like you and in what way?
My heroines are a little like me because they are all strong women. It’s important for me to like my heroine so I could never write someone clingy, small minded, intolerant or needy because I wouldn’t like her. I’m going to be spending 300+ pages in her head. I need to know our relationship can last and, like a good friendship, grow and mature along the way.
My heroes all have a little element of the perfect man. I’m going on a journey with this guy for a while, so I’d better admire and want to be like him!
What stories do you have in the works right now?
Currently I’m working on two series. One, WILL COOK FOR LOVE, is for Kensington/Lyrical, about a family of women who are either professional chefs, and/or great cooks. The first, COOKING WITH KANDY releases on 4/8/17. The second in October 2017 and the third in spring 2018. The second series is one I’m still in the planning stages of. It’s a 3 book arc dealing with sisters who live in a (fictional) town in New Hampshire. These heroines are a little older than I usually write, from 33-40, and I’m still getting to know them right now, so enough said!
About A Kiss under the Christmas Lights
With Christmas just a few weeks away, Gia San Valentino, the baby in her large, loud, and loving Italian family, yearns for a life and home of her own with a husband and bambini she can love and spoil. The single scene doesn’t interest her, and the men her well-meaning family introduce her to aren’t exactly the happily-ever-after kind.
Tim Santini believes he’s finally found the woman for him, but Gia will take some convincing she’s that girl. A misunderstanding has her thinking he’s something he’s not.
Can a kiss stolen under the Christmas lights persuade her to spend the rest of her life with him?