**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Author, PEGGY HENDERSON
Before we start talking about her writing, I want to thank Peggy for joining us today and telling us a little about herself and her western historical romance and time travel romance releases! Welcome, Peggy!
Karen, thank you for hosting me today. I’m thrilled to get the chance to kick back and chat!
1. How did you get started writing?
I guess the short answer is I started writing because I couldn’t find the type of book I was looking for to read. My first novel, Yellowstone Heart Song, was born on a lone stretch of Interstate 5, heading home from a trip to Yellowstone National Park in 2009. Driving through the Utah desert every year on a thousand mile (one way) road trip to the park, the mind has a lot of time to wander. Although the published story has some changes in it, the original concept remains the same from when it first took shape in my mind. I’ve never thought about writing a book of any sort, but I had been reading romance, especially western and early American historical, for many years, and this story came as a complete surprise to me. I didn’t think much of it over the months, but it always stuck with me in the back of my mind. I kept searching for books, hoping to find something that had been published that was similar to what I had in my head, so I could read it. No luck.
The following year, on another trip to Wonderland, I took greater notice of all the places in the park that were part of that story in my head. The day after we got home, I sat down to write. It just wouldn’t let me go. I told no one what I was doing. The thought of letting anyone else see what I wrote was laughable. A year later, I had a finished story. Well okay, a story anyways. Now what? I checked around the internet. I wanted someone to read it, just to let me know what they thought, but never did I have publishing in mind. I found a critique partner, and, after many months of tweaks and rewrites, she talked me into publishing. The rest, they say, is history.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write western historical romance and time travel romance. I have always been fascinated with the old west. Not so much cowboys and Indians. Most of my stories are set in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains and during the fur trapper era. I’ve added time travel to some of my stories because I think it’s fun to explore what happens when two characters with completely different life experiences get together.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
I think I enjoy the editing process the most. It’s real easy to add, delete, and embellish on something that’s already written.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
The initial plotting stages. I usually start with a single idea for a story, and then that needs to be expanded into a full-length novel. Sometimes that can be agonizing.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Most of my ideas are sparked on location when I travel to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. It’s really easy to imagine a by-gone era from several hundred years ago when you’re in the middle of a wilderness area that shows very little human impact. I draw a lot of ideas from historical events, too. Reading about real-life trappers and fur traders, I’ve taken some of those true stories and weaved them through some of my books, putting my own spin on them. Many times, a particular country song will also spark an idea for a story.
6. What is your typical day like?
I work graveyards, so I usually get home around 8am. After some breakfast, I might take the dog for a walk or hike in the hills, then come home and sit down to write for several hours before I need to hit the pillow.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
The most difficult thing for me to write is dialogue between characters. I’m a very quiet and shy person, so writing good dialogue is really hard for me. If action sequences fall under conflict, then I would say that is right up there with dialogue. Writing emotions doesn’t pose a problem for me because, as my husband would say, I am an overly emotional person.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
The book I’m currently working on is the third book in the Teton Romance Trilogy, titled Teton Sunset. I’m hoping to have it published sometime this fall.
Links to PEGGY’s website, blog, books, etc.
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/peggylhenderson
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Peggy and two of her novels, TETON SUNRISE and TETON SPLENDOR, a *Double Feature* on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!! Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Peggy will give away an e-book copy (Kindle, Nook, or PDF) of her release, TETON SUNRISE, to one of her lucky readers who comments on either her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, August 5, 2013. Thanks, Peggy, for sharing your stories with us!