What genre do your books fall into or is it a genre blended? I write mainly contemporary romance. The books focus on strong-willed, talented women who for some reason or other have problems in the romance department. We’ve all met these women: the girl who looks like she has everything, but who really just wants everlasting love.
What inspires you to write? The tagline for my website Peggyjaeger.com is “Writing is my oxygen.” That about sums it up. If I don’t write something everyday, I feel as if I can’t breath. You know that old question “if you were stranded on a desert island, what’s the one item you would need before all others?” To me it would be my laptop. A close second would be the charger!
Do you listen to music or set the mood somehow to get writing? I live in the woods in New Hampshire so it’s always quiet when I write – no cars bustling, no kids yelling. Just quiet. Music tends to disrupt my mind and I find myself singing along with a favorite song instead of writing. Most of the authors I know do have music playing while they create. I wish I could, but it’s really just too, too distracting.
Do you come up with the plot or characters first? For me, characters are always first. I’ll be in a coffee shop and see a waitress. She’ll be looking around furtively at every new customer who comes in and I’ll think – is she running from an abusive ex? Is she the daughter of a mob boss and ran away from the life? Or I’ll see a guy in a business suit on the train and notice that the cuffs on his pants are a little frayed. Scenarios about why that would be will jump into my head. From there I develop a character name – names are very important to me , as is birth order – and go from there.
Do you have a favorite book of yours? It’s silly because I’m an adult, but my favorite book of all time is The Little Engine That Could. Best book about self-actualization ever penned.
Who would you consider an influence on your writing? Nora Roberts first and foremost. Then a writer who doesn’t do romance by the name of Carol O’Connell. Both of these women weave stories like nobody’s business and to me, the ability to be an effective storyteller is what it’s all about .
Tell me something quirky about yourself. My left eye is dramatically smaller than my right and my face is ridiculously crooked. In photographs I look like a caricature drawing.
What do you aim to make people feel when they read your books? The gamut of emotions. When I read I want to feel what the character is feeling. Loss, sadness, glee, giddiness. All facets of the emotional spectrum. In the book I’m currently in final edits for, the heroine’s cat dies. When I was writing it I was crying. My editor actually tagged the portion of the book and said, “this is so emotional. My heart is breaking.” Those words were manna from heaven for me!
What’s next for you? Book 3 in the MacQuire Women series is in production, titled First Impressions. After that, books 4 and 5 and I’ve got a little something worming its way in the back of my mind for an unplanned book 6. I’ll be attending the national RWA conference this year.
Do you sing in the shower? Badly, but yes.
Symphony pianist Moira Cleary comes home after four years of touring, exhausted, sick, and spiritually broken. Emotional and psychological abuse at the hands of someone she trusted has left her gaunt, anxious, and at a crossroads both professionally and personally.
Moira’s best friend, veterinarian Quentin Stapleton, wants nothing more than to help Moira get well. Can his natural healing skills make it possible for her to open her heart again? And can he convince her she’s meant to stay home now with the family that loves her – and with him – forever?
“Remember when your cousin Tiffany got married in the backyard here?”
Confused, Moira nodded.
Quentin rubbed her bottom lip with the pad of his thumb. “When the Reverend told Cole ‘you can kiss your bride,’ and he swooped her off the ground, spun her around and kissed her silly? Remember what you said?”
“I think I said it was the most romantic thing I’d ever seen.”
He nodded. “The exact quote was, ‘I hope someone kisses me like that some day.’”
Her grin was quick at the memory. “Pat snorted and said I’d better be satisfied with licks from the horses and Rob Roy because no guy was ever gonna kiss me.”
“He wasn’t known for tact back then.” He rubbed a hand down her back as he held her. “Remember what happened later on behind the barn?”
Because she did, she couldn’t stop the heat from spreading up her face like wildfire. When she nodded again, he said, “You wanted to know what it felt like to be kissed like that and since I was your best friend, you thought I should be the one to do it, because you – quote – felt safe with me – unquote.”
“What was I? Eleven?”
“Thirteen. And I was more than willing. Almost broke my heart in two when you said afterward, ‘I don’t see what all the fuss is about.’”
“Hush.” He kissed her forehead. “Ever since that day, all I’ve wanted is a second chance. Now,” he pulled her body closer, wrapped both arms around her small waist, his hands resting just above the dent in her spine. “We’re both a little older, a little more mature. Some of us are much more experienced—”
“Experienced,” he said, the laugh in his voice quiet and seductive, “and things can be so much better.”
Peggy Jaeger’s love of writing began in the third grade when she won her first writing contest with a short story titled THE CLOWN. After that, there was no stopping her. Throughout college and after she became a Registered Nurse, she had several Nursing Journal articles published, in addition to many mystery short stories in Literary Magazines. When her daughter was born, Peggy had an article titled THE VOICES OF ANGELS published and reprinted in several parenting magazines, detailing the birth and the accident that almost turned this wonderful event into a tragedy. She had two children’s books published in 1995 titled THE KINDNESS TALES and EMILY AND THE EASTER EGGS, which were illustrated by her artist mother-in-law. While her daughter grew, Peggy would write age appropriate stories for her to read along with, and finally, to read on her own. Her YA stories are mysteries involving smart and funny 12-13 year old girls and an unusual collection of friends and relatives. They all take place in the 1980’s.
She has a Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration and had several articles published on Alzheimer’s Disease when she ran an Alzheimer’s In Patient care unit during the 1990’s
In 2005 she was thrilled to have an article on motherhood placed in the CHICKEN SOUP FOR EVERY MOTHER’S SOUL edition. She has won several awards in various Writer’s Digest short story and personal article categories over the years. Recently, she has placed first in the Dixie Kane 2013 Memorial Contest in the Short/Long Contemporary romance Category, and in the Single Title Contemporary Category, and third place in the ICO Romance Contest for 2013, and in 2014 she was a finalist in the Put Your heart in a Book contest.
A life-long and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.
Peggy has embraced the techno age and writes for three blogs, all detailing events in her life. One titled, 50 pounds for 50 years is a personal blog about weight loss, one about her life as an EMPTY NESTER and her most recent one MOMENTS FROM MENOPAUSE, a humorous and informative guide through this time in a woman’s life.
She also has her own website http://peggyjaeger.com where she writes about everyday life and how it relates to writing. Twitter is her current obsession, but she is never far from her Facebook pages.
In 2015 she will have her first three contemporary romance novels published by The Wild Rose Press: Skater’s Waltz, book 1 in the MaQuire Women Series, and There’s No Place Like Home, book 2. Book 3 is titled First Impression. Three more are in the works for this series, in addition to her Cooking with Kandy series.
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