Interview with romance author Peggy Jaeger

Romance
author Peggy Jaeger is here today to talk
a bit about her new novel, First
Impressions.
As
she does her virtual book tour, Peggy will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes
and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be
entered for a chance to win, use the
form below.
To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit
her other tour stops
and enter there, too!

Bio:
Peggy
Jaeger is a contemporary romance author who writes about strong women, the
families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. 

Peggy holds a master’s degree in Nursing
Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored
on Alzheimer’s Disease during her time running an Alzheimer’s in-patient care
unit during the 1990s.

In 2013, she placed first in two categories in
the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long
Contemporary Romance.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer,
she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.


Welcome, Peggy. Please tell us about
your current release
.
Family
Practice Doctor Clarissa Rogers’ first
impression
of Padric Cleary is biased and based on gossip. The handsome,
charming veterinarian is considered a serial dater and commitment-phobic by his
family and most of the town. Relationship shy, Clarissa refuses to lose her
heart to a man who can’t pledge himself to her forever. 


Pat Cleary, despite his reputation, is actually
looking for The One. When he does
give his heart away, he wants it to be for life. With his parent’s marriage as
his guidebook, he wants a woman who will be his equal and soul mate in every
way.


Can Pat convince everyone – including Clarissa – she’s the only woman for him?

What inspired you to
write this book?

This
is the 3rd book in my MacQuire Women Series. In book 2, There’s No Place Like Home, I told the
story of Moira Cleary. Moira has a twin brother, Padric ( Pat) and I fell in
love with him when I was writing, so I wanted to give him his own happily ever
after ending. First Impressions is
his love story.

Excerpt from First Impressions:

“Have you ever been friends with a girl before?” she finally asked.
“Friends?”
“Yes.
Friends.”
“Have
a beer and shoot some pool friends? Or the kind with benefits?”
She
laughed out loud, shook her head and grinned. “Have you ever been friends with
a girl without having sex mixed into the equation?”
“Not
since I was sixteen,” he admitted and then felt his neck heat. “Why?”
She
cocked her head again. “It’s no secret I’m attracted to you, too. I think my
reaction to the way you kissed me proves it.”
“Why
am I hearing a ‘but’?”
Her
lips twitched at the corners. “But I don’t jump into bed with a man
because I’m attracted to him.”
“I
never thought you did.”
“Good
to know.”
He cocked his head. “So, what’s being friends
got to do with anything?”
Clarissa
sighed and settled back against the doorframe. “Can I be honest?”
“I
would hope so.”
“I’ve
been hearing about your reputation with women since I moved here, and I’m not
looking to be the flavor of the week.”
He
stared at her for a second as hurt washed through him. “When you say honest,
you don’t pull any punches.”

What exciting story are you working on
next?
At
this moment I am editing the 4th book in the series, The Voices of Angels and writing the 5th.
I also have another series I’m working on titled the Will Cook for Love series about 7 sisters. I am actively seeking an
agent to represent that work, so if there are any out there reading this and
are in the market for something new….give me a jingle. I know that was a
shameless beg and I know I should be contrite about it. This is me, being
contrite.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

Wow,
every day I still feel like a fraud! I wake up and can’t believe I’ve actually
been published in book-length fiction.
Years before I started writing fiction I wrote newsmagazine and trade magazine
articles on topics ranging from motherhood to Nursing profession topics. Back
then I did consider myself a writer.
I was prolific, published and paid for my work. That writing was all straight
forward topical work, though. Writing using my creativity, actually making up stories, for some reason, is
different to me and has made it harder for me to consider myself a full fledged
writer yet. Don’t get me wrong – I know what I do is considered good ( it
wouldn’t have found a reputable publisher is it weren’t) but I’m still
struggling with being judged for my imagination. You’d think I was a
unconfident teenager reading this!

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

I
actually retired from my day job this past April and am now allowed the
privilege and joy of writing fulltime. It used to be I got a few pages in
catch-as-catch can. Now, I am at my laptop 8-10 hours daily and then 3-5
hours/day on the weekends updating my blogs (I have 2). I write every day.
Every. Day. To me, writing is like breathing – I couldn’t survive if I didn’t
do it. My website’s tagline is Writing is my Oxygen, so that tells
you something.
I
usually get up, get hubby off to work, go to the gym for an hour or so to keep
my chair-ass from growing, and then sit down at the laptop. Life does intervene; I am still a wife,
mother, housekeeper, bill-payer, grocery shopper and cook. I don’t sit solidly
for 8-10 hours. My butt really would be the size of Montana, not to mention,
numb. But when you add the hours I do spend each day (I have chronic insomnia
so my days start sometimes at 2 am and goes until 9 pm) writing, it adds up to
a typical 8-10 hour workday.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

I
use speech-to-text when I’m writing dialogue, then I play it back so I can get
the feel for what the dialogue actually sounds like. Rhythm, cadence, tone are
all important to me to get just so, and using this helps with that. I use
different voices for the characters when they are speaking as well. Anyone
walking by my house might either think I’ve got a houseful of people inside, or
else I’m a total multiple personality sufferer.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

Exactly
what I am: wife, mother and writer! Yeah, I know…I’m livin’ my dream.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

Just
this: I had my first novel published when I was 54. Don’t ever let someone tell
you that you are too old, not talented enough, or wasting your time if you have
a dream in your heart. Keep it strong and work toward it. Take chances and
risks if it will bring you closer to seeing your dream fulfilled. I don’t
believe in luck. The definition of luck to me is when preparedness meets
opportunity. I got a publishing contract based on a contest I entered that the
publisher of Wild Rose Press was judging (opportunity). She liked what I wrote,
asked me to send the manuscript (preparedness) and a year later I had a book in
my hands and contracts for a series. Don’t ever give up on a dream…no matter
what. God wouldn’t have put the dream in your heart if he didn’t plan on seeing
it fulfilled. Remember that. ‘Nuff said.

Links:

Thanks, Peggy! Happy
writing.


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20 thoughts on “Interview with romance author Peggy Jaeger

  1. Karen H says:

    Well, it's the last day of your tour and I must say I've enjoyed meeting you and getting to know you and your book. Hope to see you on tour again soon.

  2. peggy jaeger says:

    Karen – thanks. I will have another tour coming up around valentines's day with my newest release 3 Wishes. Hope to "see" you again. If you've gotten any of my books, hope you enjoyed them. CHeers. PJ

  3. Joanne Guidoccio says:

    Hi Peggy, Thanks sharing your inspiring journey. I love reading your books and am curious about your upcoming series. It sounds intriguing! Joanne 🙂

  4. Stormy Vixen says:

    Great post, sounds like a terrific read thanks for sharing and I enjoyed following the tour and learning about First Impressions, Good Luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. peggy jaeger says:

    JOanne – you're such a sweetie. My addition to the new Candy Hearts series is about a big, loud, loving Italia family on Valentine's day. I can't wait to introduce them to everyone! Thanks for stopping by.

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