This week I have the pleasure of interviewing author Peggy Bird. Welcome to Scribbles, Peggy.
1. What/Who influenced you to become an author?
Maybe it was simply that I wanted to be part of the world of books. Books have always been important to me, sometimes as escape, often as entertainment, always as a way to see the world from another’s perspective.
2.How long have you been writing?
As long as I can remember I’ve been scribbling stories.
3. Who/what inspires you the most while writing?
The characters who appear in my dreams, my head, my heart. They drive what I write.
4. What is your food/drink of choice while writing? Music?
Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Oh, and chocolate. Music is more varied. I keep playlists for each book depending on the taste of the characters—so in the four romances I’ve been writing over the past couple of years, it’s been a wild swing from Jimmy Buffett to jazz, from classical to Latin, from Nora Jones and Alicia Keys to Pink Martini and Storm Large. One thing is consistent—all my characters love music, as I do.
5. Do you have a pet as a mascot? If so, what kind?
Only a husband. Does that count?
6. Authors are rather mysterious. What would you like to share that most people don’t know about you? I love quirky!
I hide a past that is littered with old lovers, bad decisions and consequences I should have paid but didn’t. Great material for writing novels but not blog posts.
7. What have you written?
I’ve had a children’s play produced locally, two puppet plays used by Kids on the Block, and several children’s stories published. Memoir-type pieces have been included in a dozen or so anthologies including the Cup of Comfort, Chicken Soup and Thin Threads series. Travel and art-related articles have appeared in magazines. And three of my romance novels are under contract with Crimson Romance. “Beginning Again” was released in June, “Loving Again” will be released in November and “Together Again” will be out next year.
8. Tell me about your latest novel and why you felt compelled to write this particular story.
“Loving Again,” released as an ebook on November 12th, is the story of Amanda St. Claire, a talented glass artist with a past. Accused of murdering her boyfriend, she was facing life in prison until Portland police detective Sam Richardson cleared her name. He got justice; now he wants Amanda. However, the past, as Faulkner famously said, is never dead. It isn’t even past. And when her past comes back to haunt her, more than her life is at stake. She has to save Sam this time—and the only way she can do it is by walking away from the man she loves.
What started me on the path to writing this book is my love for art glass. And although I am not the talented artist Amanda is, my experience working with the material and the artists I’ve been lucky enough to hang out with for the past decade inspired me. When a dead body appeared (in my head, I hasten to add) next to a large kiln one day while I was working on the torch at the Bullseye Resource Center, I saw what turned out to be the central mystery of the story.
9. Is there anything else that you’d like people to know?
Keep an eye out for “Together Again” in 2013, the story of Margo Keyes and Tony Alessandro. Childhood friends and high school classmates in Philly, they have skirted around the attraction between them for years. Easy enough to do when Margo is in Portland and Tony’s in Philly. But a class reunion brings them together. This time maybe they can make it work out.
10. Where can people buy your books and learn more about you?
My website is: http://www.peggybirdwrites.com
The Amazon link for “Loving Again” is: http://www.amazon.com/Loving-Again-Second-Chance-ebook/dp/B009VLZLXU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352753569&sr=8-1&keywords=peggy+bird%2C+loving+again
The Crimson Romance link is: http://www.crimsonromance.com