Friday, March 23, 2012

Welcome, Peg Phifer

It's so good to have Peg visit here today!


Your book cover is gorgeous, Peg. I know you've waited a long time to hold your book, and I'm thrilled for you. Let’s start with some fun questions:


Tell us a bit about your childhood: a favorite memory or moment that’s stood out to you through the years.

That would have to be the time I rode by train across the country from New York City to San Francisco with my mother, just the two of us. My dad had been in California on business (he was a chemist working in the sugar refinery business) and the whole family was supposed to join him there and then drive back home as a vacation. I had just recovered from the Chicken Pox, and by the time our departure time drew near, both my sister and brother had come down with it. So they had to stay behind with my grandmother while I, alone, got to make that memorable trip. It was 1945, during the closing months of WWII. I was six. Mom and I were just about the only civilians on the train and I remember getting so much attention from the soldiers and sailors! At each stop along the way, some of the servicemen would leave and more would get on, so the attention I got was never-ending.

And the trip back to the east coast was just as memorable along the famous Route 66. That was, and still is, my favorite childhood memory.

What career did you have before writing?

I spent twenty-one years in Corporate America for a Fortune 500 company. I worked in data entry, inventory control, customer service, administration, purchasing and finally executive assistant. But I was writing during this time. When I retired, in 2001, is when I began to take my writing more seriously.

Now, some serious ones:

Do you have favorite spiritual themes you like to write about?

That’s a difficult question to answer, mostly because I’m a SOTP writer. I tell the story that comes to me. And I’m not exactly a “spiritual” writer. By that I mean I don’t consciously work toward a spiritual theme. If it’s there, it’s totally by God’s hand, not mine. To See the Sun’s “theme” turned out to be ‘second chances’ and ‘forgiveness’ but it didn’t start out that way.

If one of your characters showed up at your house, which one would be the most feared/least wanted? Why?

That one’s easy. Astrid Macintyre, my heroine’s mother-in-law, a condescending, social-climbing snoot, who managed to make everyone’s life miserable. I’ve known several women like that over the years, so writing Astrid was both easy and fun. Call it writer’s revenge.


Tell us where readers can learn more about you and where they can get your book.

I can be found on my website at http://peggyblannphifer.com where you can read about me and my testimony.

You can read the first chapter and back cover blurb at
http://peggyblannphifer.com/my_books.htm

Or on my blog, Whispers in Purple, at http://whispersinpurple.com

And To See the Sun can be purchased at the following:



Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/See-Sun-Desert-Faith-Book/dp/1468121081/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327193258&sr=1-3

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/See-Sun-Desert-Faith-ebook/dp/B006US56MI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327193258&sr=1-1

B&NNook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/to-see-the-sun-peggy-blann-phifer/1108167699?ean=2940013729612&itm=1&usri=peggy+blann+phifer

Peg is giving away a copy of To See the Sun. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Carole

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi -- Just read your interview on Barn Loft and am anxious to read your book. Please enter my name in the drawing. Pat Hines - pshines@frontiernet.net

Diana Flowers said...

I would love an opportunity to read this book! The cover is awesome! Thank you for the interview and a chance to get to know a new to me author.

dianalflowers[at]aol[dot]com

Patsy said...

Would love to read To See The Sun. Sounds great!

plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

cjajsmommy said...

I read the first chapter on Peg's website and I'm hooked. And I love the bio she shared also -- she didn't try to hide the results of wrong choices in her past and my heart went out to her. I found myself asking the Lord to mend those fences, even the one that seems to be demolished. Please enter me for a copy of the book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Nancee said...

I'd love an opportunity to win a copy of this book. Thank you for the offer.
Nancee
quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

Judy said...

The cover of this book is a real eye catcher. I love it. Very interesting interview. Sounds like your trip across country with your Mother was so much fun. Seeing that you got all the attention from the soldiers and sailors must have made you feel mighty important!

to See the Sun sounds like a real page turner. I'd love to win a copy.

Blessings!
Judy
judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a good book and for me a new author. Please enter me in the contest. Hoping to win. Maxie ( mac2262@me.com )

Pam K. said...

I've been reading Peg's blog for awhile so am very interested in reading her book. It would be wonderful to win a copy.
Thanks.

pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

Cass Wessel said...

Patty and Peg, Thanks for this interview... I learned something new about you today, Peggy. I too have fond memories of train travel during WWII. I too remember having either measles or chicken pox, but shortly after one such trip. I also have many other memories of that time. Your book has begun to capture my reluctance to read romantic suspense. Should I win this book, I will post a review at my website, Words About The Word. Good job, Peg. Blessings, Cass

Peggy said...

Thanks, all! I hope it's okay to do a "blanket" comment.
CJAJSMOMMY: Thank you for visiting my website and reading the first chapter and my bio/testimony. There may be a "Phoenix" rising from the ashes of that demolished fence. It's in God's hands.

JUDY: That train ride was so special. We did get lots of attention. First, my mom was a true redhead complete with freckles and lovely blue eyes. I was a towhead, and, at 6 years old, missing my two front teeth. Yeah, lots of attention! LOL

Many thanks for the comments on the cover. I fool around with graphics and decided to see what I could come up with for TSTS. My editor loved it and ran with it. What you see is almost exactly as I designed it. She just did some tweaking with the sun rays.

Best wishes to all in the drawing.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Teela said...

Peg, you grabbed my attention when you were said what you did about Astrid. There are too many people like that ... men and women....that need to realize who they are before Christ.
I would love to win your book. Teelayoungathotmaildotcom

Nancee said...

Thank you for offering this contest. I would love to win one of your books.
Nancee
quiltcat26@sbcglobal.net

lgm52 said...

I love the cover...and the book sounds great! Please enter me in to the giveaway...thanks for the chance!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

what a gorgeous cover! definitely captured my attention along with the interview ~ TY!

Aizess said...

Oh, please enter me! This book seems really interesting and I'm 99.9% that I'll enjoy reading it:-)

yecenia@optonline.net

Amy R.S. said...

Thanks for introducing a new author. Going on my wishlist. Please enter me.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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