Meet Author Peggy Blann Phifer!

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Peggy Blann Phifer is an author and columnist, book reviewer, and author interviewer whose work has appeared on websites and writer periodicals both in print and online. When not writing, Peg enjoys handcrafts of all kinds and her home shows off some of her work. A retired executive assistant, Peg now makes her home in northern Wisconsin.
HC: Peg, tell us about your writing career. Tell us something unique about Peggy Blann Phifer.
PEG: First, Diane, thank you so much for this interview and the opportunity to share a bit of myself.
While I’ve always enjoyed writing for fun, for myself—I even had fun rewriting the end of some of the books I’d read—it never occurred to me I could make a career from using my imagination. To me, it was just fun. Until just past my 60th birthday. (That’s the unique part.) A friend told me about a Guidepost’s call for written prayers for a 2-Volume compilation called Prayers for Every Need. It was accepted and appeared in that 2-set publication in 2000, earning me $50.00. That whet my appetite and I started writing seriously. Many false starts, many manuscripts abandoned, some rejected, but I kept at it.
Finally, in January 2012, I self-published my first novel To See the Sun, Book 1 in the Desert Faith Series, and last year I was invited to be one of twelve authors in Kathi Macias’ 12 Days of Christmas project. I have never looked back.
HC: You are involved with the Summer in Sweetland project. Describe your piece.
PEG: My story, All Things Work Together, is about a 50-something childless widow who feels her life no longer has meaning. Here’s the synopsis:
After losing her only son to drowning in the Sweetwater River thirty years ago and her husband only fifteen months ago, Rozene Gentry feels her life has lost its purpose. Except for the Gentry Family Restaurant in Sweetland, her sole responsibility, she has little else to do with her time.
Until she meets a troubled teen from Youth Acres Group Home. Seventeen-year-old Misty Keys has been in and out of the foster care system since she was five and claims she “ain’t got nobody.” Even though the other girls in the Home have tried to befriend Misty, she wears a perpetual scowl and won’t let anyone inside her high, thick walls.
Rozene is drawn to Misty, but can she save Misty from herself?
HC: Describe your writing style, Peg. Have you tried any new techniques in this series?
Peg: I primarily write Romantic Suspense. My heroines are sassy, spunky, vulnerable, and stubborn. But the Summer in Sweetland story was very different than anything I’ve written. As a fairly new widow, I was drawn to write a story about widowhood and coping through the pain and loss. But I didn’t want it to be maudlin. I created Rozene, an American Indian character, but had no idea how to tell the story. I created several different plots and scenarios, until I read the first 3 installments—before they were published—and got some ideas on how to plot it. I am quite pleased with the results. Definitely not a Romantic Suspense!
HC: What is next for you?
Peg: I will continue to work on the next two books in the Desert Faith Series, but—I’ve just signed a contract for a full-length novel with Elk Lake Publishing and Hartline Literary Agency! I’m almost giddy! So that will be first on my writing agenda. I may even switch back and forth to the other books, but this is a short-term deadline:mid September. Yikes!

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