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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.
Hello. Thank you for having me on Book Bench! I am Paty Jager, I write western romance and murder mystery starring Cowboys and Indians. Today, I’m wearing my western romance hat. I grew up on a farm, riding my horse all over the mountain behind our house. We raised hogs, cattle, and sheep along with hay and grain crops. I’ve lived a western lifestyle since I can remember. Currently, my hubby of 39 years and I raise alfalfa for hay in SE Oregon. We are down to only having to be home during irrigation and hay season. Which gives us time to go on trips. Looking forward to visiting our daughter and her family in Maine this Fall. Besides writing and helping with the hay, I like to ride horses and sew.
1. How did you get started writing?
Like most writers, I was an avid reader growing up. I had an aha moment in high school when the teacher read my story to the class and there wasn’t a sound when she finished. That’s when I realized I could put words on paper that moved people. I took writing classes when my children entered grade school and landed a freelance reporter job with the local paper. While doing that I was working on my first novel. This was in the 80’s. I didn’t really start taking my novel writing seriously until the oldest were out of school. Then I sought writing groups and information and started actively sending out queries. I landed a publishing contract in 2006.
2. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
I love writing about the raw and wild west in my historical western romance because of the code of the cowboy back then, the freedom women had in the west. They weren’t as restricted as in the east because more times than not they worked alongside their fathers, brothers, and husbands to make sure there was enough food on the table and children were clothed. I like writing about contemporary westerns because I don’t have to do as much research and living in a rural area you see the respect the cowboys here have for women, children, and animals.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
I like coming up the characters and the premise of the book. Which is kind of like research and that is my favorite thing about all the genres I write- Research.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
I can’t give up writing. It is something I have to do. My husband learned early on in our marriage that if I didn’t write for a while, I became grumpy. So when I became grumpy, he’d say, “Go write.” I need the outlet of writing. I also found I had less scary scenarios playing out in my head when I write. Like: If my husband told me he’d be home by 2 and I don’t hear from him by 4 my mind starts conjuring up all kinds of bad things that could have happened to him. I had this a lot early in our marriage before I started writing consistently. Now I put all those bad things into my books and I don’t worry about him or any other member of the family if they are a late or haven’t called.
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
I would say breakfast- but I eat yogurt, frozen blueberries and granola. I don’t like the traditional breakfast food. Never have.
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? The heroes and heroines, or the villains?
This is tough! I like writing both female and male characters. They all challenge me to make them unique and true to themselves. I actually like to write the fun secondary characters- the sidekicks.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I would have to say I am an avid reader. I read signs, cereal boxes, if there are letters I’m making them into words and reading. But these days I read mostly manuscripts from critique partners and books for research. About once a month I get to read a book for fun. But being on a computer and writing or marketing from 9am to 4pm, the last thing I want to do is read. I read the research books while I eat lunch and sometimes at night if hubby is watching a show I don’t like. My 2 hours of TV time at night is my wind down time. My favorite genre to read is mystery. It has been since I read Nancy Drew as a 6th grader.
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
Right here. I love the area where we live. It’s remote and rural. Rarely does anyone show up during the day and disturb me. Other than my hubby. I love that we have landed here. I do love the Oregon Coast and wouldn’t mind spending time there, but I don’t like all the gloom and rain.
9. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?
I’d be the colors in a sunset. The muted shades match my reserve and are calming. Yet, you know by the wonderful colors that though the day is done, there will be a fantastic day tomorrow.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
The next book in the Tumbling Creek Ranch series, Love Me Anyway, is currently in the box set, Cowboy Charmed. Fall in love with six incredible tales of men who know how to treat a woman… https://www.amazon.com/Cowboy-Charmed-Stephanie-Berget-ebook/dp/B07811QZFJ
This book will be available as a single in July.
Paty Jager – Love Me Anyway
Melanie Trask is hiding at a remote dude ranch. When she and the ranch owner can no longer deny their feelings, he offers to help her divorce her abusive husband. But she has one more secret she hasn’t revealed…
Be sure to come back to learn more about Paty Jager’s novel, 8 SECONDS TO LOVE, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog!
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**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY: Paty is giving away an ebook copy of the second book in the series, Love Me Anyway, to one person who comments on her **Author Peek** Interview or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs.
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