Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Interview and book giveaway with our own Peggy Trotter!!

Everything dissolved beneath Jules’ feet . . .
Can Jules trust God and step into a new life?
Can God's hope renew her?

Today we welcome our own fellow Miner, Peggy Trotter, to introduce her second book published with Prism Book Group: Reviving Jules.
At the end of the interview, please leave a comment with your email address to be entered into the drawing for a free copy of this sweet, touching romance.

And now, on to the interview!

Hi Peggy! How does it feel to have another book published?

Great, but I wonder if my fans will be confused.  The last one was a historical whereas this is a contemporary. But I can’t seem to stop doing both. I’m a two-fer-one type of author! LOL 

I like to write both, too! I'm sure your fans will want to read whatever era you write a story in. So, where did you get the idea for this story?

I love to start with women who are literary holding the shredded fiber of the end of their rope. This was no different. I started thinking how hard it is to make a living alone in today’s world and wondering what it would be like to share a household in the form of a marriage. And this is what the Lord bestowed upon me!

That's cool! Do any of the qualities or experiences in your main characters mirror you or someone in your life?

Jules reminds me a lot of me, but then all my characters are a small part of me. She’s quirky, vocal, and often sarcastic. Probably not good to admit that!

It makes you more interesting, don't you think? So, what do you like best about the relationship between Rhett and Jules?

I love how they vocally spar with one another. She starts with a smart aleck remark and he finishes with an outrageous one, which leaves Jules with her mouth hanging open in amused shock.  A fun relationship.

And fun to read! Are you a speedy writer, or does it take you a lot of time to fashion your scenes?

I’m a fairly speedy writer, but the scenes are already formed in my head. But I take a lot of time to fashion the entire project just because I’m short on time given I have a full time day job most of the year. One that often goes into 50-60 hours a week.

Ouch! You're a busy lady. When you begin a book, do you have a detailed idea of how it will develop, or do the characters kind of take over?

Usually I know the whole book. I’ve already daydreamed it numerous times.  But sometimes I add new scenes, which usually start with prayer, and God just opens up the whole scenario.  That is always a cool moment.  I’m always like, “Wow, that’s perfect! Thanks, God!”

I love those moments! What else do you like best about being an author? 

Pure unadulterated writing. The house is empty and quiet. T.V. is off, music off. Me and the computer. It feeds my soul.

What do you like least? 

Not being able to spend more time on it. But the naysayers are pretty hard to take at times.

Well, ignore the naysayers, and keep on telling what's in your heart. 
Is there a favorite theme in your writing that you want to convey to your readers? 

Yeah, I think cheering for the downtrodden, letting the reader know that its never too late for God to bring you an amazing blessing. Hope never dies with Jesus.

Well said! What are you working on now?

I’m working on a contemporary in which the heroine woman has made some serious bad decisions. She’s altered herself in many ways, and when she comes to Christ, she realizes she doesn’t need these extra adornments. But, changing the outside doesn’t always guarantee and complete change on the inside. I absolutely love the hero in the story. A big gentle, illiterate giant who accepts her the way she is.
But of course, I also have two historicals going, one which could be a continuation of Year of Jubilee, my debut. Wink.  We’ll see.

I love your books, so I'll be waiting to read your new stuff!  Thanks for sharing your time with us today, and keep on writing, Peggy!!

Here's a description about Reviving Jules:

Jules Summers, a proverbial Jonah, runs from family, career, and neighborhood. Where’s she going? To find a place of healing for wounds so deep, she shuts the door against the very One who restores. But God never abandons and a kindergarten angel arrives, towing her father, Rhett Carsen.

Rhett Carsen vows never to marry again. He redoubles his efforts to raise his motherless daughter alone, but runs into trouble when work sends him traveling. His daughter instantly bonds with the newcomer, Jules Summers, who in turn, assists him in caring for his daughter. She seems like the answer to his prayers—an instant live-in nanny. Yet, why does she captivate his every thought?

They work together as a team to care for Rhett’s child. But is, “practicality” the only thing God has planned for these two? Or could there be a whole lot more?

Don't forget to leave a comment with your email address, in order to be entered in the drawing for Peggy's book! Now here's some more about Peggy:

Peggy Trotter has been writing something for over 30 years. The empty-nest syndrome set her to groping for a new direction, and wow, did God answer! Year of Jubilee, a Christian Historical Romance set in southern Indiana, debuted in April of 2015 through Prism Book Group. A second, a Contemporary Romance entitled, Reviving Jules, just released on Oct. 9th, 2015 as well. She loves to reveal God’s miracles through the world’s underdogs and mix in a little love, a dash of romantic heat, and of course, a happy ending.

She took third place in the Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest in 2013 in the Inspirational Category, and won the coveted Genesis Award in 2014 from the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) in the Novella Category with her entry, Spun, a Historical Romance.

God blessed her with a wonderful husband who cooks and helps clean while supporting her crazy dreams. She has two incredible grown kids plus two fabulous in-law kids, and two rays of sunshine, commonly called grandchildren. Seldom does she stand still, but when she does, it’s to praise her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Creator of all gifts and Bestower of all blessings!

Connect with Peggy on Facebook:

Purchase links for her newest book: 


Misty Russon said...

Loved the interview! Keep up the good work Peggy. You're a true inspiration to me!!

Renee Blare said...

Woohoo! Congrats, girl. Proud of you. :)

Rebekah Millet said...

Awesome interview! So great to learn new things about Peggy (and similarities). Can't wait to read this one.

Ann Ellison said...

Love the interview. I have read and loved Peggy's books. I have read Reviving Jules in e-book form but would love to win a copy for my library.

Linda Rainey said...

I loved the interview by an author and group I am not familiar with.
I look forward to finding new authors.
Thanks to my friend Ann Ellison for turning me on to this blog.

Lucy said...

I enjoyed the interview. I have never read your books, but would love to. Thank you for the chance to win.

Peggy Trotter said...

Thanks for stopping by, Linda! Yes, Ann is the best! Good luck in the giveaway!

Peggy Trotter said...

Oh, Lucy I hope you get a chance to read one or two! LOL Thanks for stopping by!!!

KayM said...

I think alot of readers like both historical and contemporary, so hopefully your fans will love both from you. One of my favorite authors is Angela Hunt and she's written excellent books from Biblical to contemporary. Hope it works for you, also!

Peggy Trotter said...

Thanks, Misty, Renee and Rebekah! You're part of such a great support system for me! I appreciate you girls!!!!

Peggy Trotter said...

KayM I hope you are write because God truly leads me to write both. Thanks for stopping by!!!

janice sisemore said...

Great interview

Jeanne Lee said...

I loved your first book and would love to win the second one.