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Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
I’m Paty Jager, I live in eastern Oregon in what they call the high desert. My husband and I grow alfalfa for hay. I help drive the farming equipment to cut, bale, and haul the hay. We are forty miles from the nearest town and I enjoy the solitude. I like to hike the hills around us, photograph nature, and work on sewing projects. We have 10 grandchildren who come visit often. I like when they come because I have horse riding partners. I’ve been writing most of my life but didn’t decide to try and make money by writing until the early 1990s. I first wrote human interest stories for the local newspapers before actively seeking to get my novels published.
1. What genre(s) do you write and why?
I write historical and contemporary western romance and murder mystery. My first love was mystery but I couldn’t find a mystery writing group that took newbies back when I first started writing, before computers. I did, however, find, RWA, Romance Writers of America and I ended up writing western romance. I was published with a small press and then the wave of Indie authors started and I was swept up in the wave and started writing murder mysteries and really, really love writing them..
2. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
Hmmm… A superpower. It would be to make everyone get along no matter their race, religion, political leanings. I have always hated conflict and the world would be so much better if we all learned to get along.
3. Do you ever get stuck when you’re writing a book? What do you do to get “unstuck”?
There are times I get stuck because I’ve usually not listened to the characters or tried to take the story in a direction that it wasn’t set up to go. When that happens, because at the time, I can’t think straight, I go for a walk, or take a whole day off from writing and do something fun. And usually when I’m not thinking about it, the reason for my being stuck will pop into my head.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
My least favorite part of not writing but being an author is the promotion. I don’t like spending time I could be writing, pushing my books. But I like getting paid, so I must push the books.
5. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
My signature company meal is homemade lasagna, garlic bread, green salad, and depending on the time of year, angel swirl roll (angel food cake with sherbet rolled up in it) or Deadly Chocolate cake- all homemade from scratch.
6. What is your typical day like?
I wake up between 6-7am. Drink a cup of hot chocolate and visit with my hubby. I make his breakfast, he goes outside and I hop on the computer to check emails, Facebook and do promoting for my book. About 8:30-9 I make the bed, get dressed, and have my granola and yogurt. Some days I go for a walk and some I do the Body Groove workout. Then I sit down and write until my hubby comes in for lunch. I give myself a full hour lunch even though it doesn’t take that long to eat. 😉 I’ll play a word game on my phone, or read, or mess with a sewing project if I have one out. 1pm I sit back down and I don’t quit writing until I’ve hit 3k words for the day or 4pm when I have to start thinking about dinner. While I’m thinking and preparing things, I also work on my sewing project. We have dinner at 6. Some nights I’ll go in and do more promo until 8pm and some nights I sew until 8 pm. After 8 I veg-out. I watch TV and go to bed most nights at 10. A few if I’m watching a British mystery, 10:30. That’s a typical day when I don’t have to go to town or go anywhere.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
I think emotions are the hardest for me. I’m not an emotional person. I grew up in a household with few compliments. My dad didn’t believe in them. You worked hard and got good grades or else. I remember my mom making me a skirt and vest for a band concert and her telling me I looked pretty in purple. I didn’t mess up on my clarinet solo that night. And I remember her telling me when I was a grownup, that I had pretty hands. Those stick with me. But now as an adult, I have trouble knowing what to say when I receive a compliment. To me Thank you, sounds conceited. But that is probably because that was ingrained in me as a child.
8. How likely are the people you meet going to end up in your next book?
Highly likely. 😉 All authors use their life experiences in their writing. Never as it really is but as a catalyst to make characters, I mish-mash physical features and characteristics of people I know into my make–believe characters. And if I don’t like you, you’ll be the murdered victim.
9. Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.
The main hero in my mystery series is a female half Native American potter. She owns a ranch on a mountain in Idaho and lives there with her dog, Sheba, her employee, Crazy Lil, and her horses. Though Detective Ryan Greer has been staying with her a lot lately. 😉 Her strength is becoming more accepting of her ancestors past and believing in the dreams her grandmother brings to her when she is sleeping. The dreams help her to solve the murders. Learning to trust her heart and her loyalty to her friends and family. Her weaknesses sometimes following a dream when she could be in danger. Or trying so hard to prove someone she knows is innocent that she doesn’t take into account she may become a target of the killer.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My current release is Artful Murder. It is book ten in the Shandra Higheagle Mystery series. And it released on March 1st. You can get it in ebook and print. In book nine Shandra used the ruse of volunteering at the Warner High School as a means to get information on a suspect. She decided to follow through and book 10 finds her volunteering. She only has two more weeks of the quarter and she’ll be finished. But the death of a disliked teacher and the fear an innocent boy may be Ryan’s suspect, she jumps feet first into finding the killer.
Be sure to come back to learn more about Paty Jager’s novel, ARTFUL MURDER, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog!
Links to Paty’s website, blog, books, etc.
Universal link https://www.books2read.com/u/bapvjq
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/PatyJagerAuthor/
**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY: Paty is giving away an ebook of Artful Murder to one person who comments on her **Author Peek** Interview or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs.
If you like audio books, Paty has free codes for Books one through four of this series. Double Duplicity, Tarnished Remains, Deadly Aim, and Murderous Secrets. If you would like a free code and will put up a review for the book at an audio vendor, put your email address and book you would like in the comments. Paty will contact you with the information.
Thanks, Paty, for sharing your book with us!
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