Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Peggy Jaeger. I write contemporary romance about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. I hail from New Hampshire by way of Brooklyn, NY.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I’ve been a life-long diarist, so I’ve always been a writer. I had a great deal of success with non-fiction in my 20’s-40’s, writing about nursing issues and then parenting concerns for magazines. I always wanted to write romantic fiction, though, and when I was 53 penned my very first romance novel during the hours that menopause-induced insomnia was ravaging me. I entered a contest, won my division, and Rhonda Penders, the owner of WILD ROSE PRESS emailed me, asking if I would submit to them. I did and that gave me my first 5 book contract for the MACQUIRE WOMEN series.
WOW! That's a great background. Something for me to think about when I can't sleep...as I'm having those lovely hot-flashes. Grrr.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
Currently, I’m working on a new series titled A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN about 3 sisters who run a wedding business in the fictional town of Heaven, NH. What’s that old saw: Write what you know? I like to think of it as 'Write about what you want to know' – so weddings and New Hampshire are near and dear to my heart. Book one, DEARLY BELOVED will be released sometime this fall. I also have a Christmas holiday release titled CHRISTMAS AND CANNOLIS that’s coming out this year, and I’m also working on the new series THE DEERBOURNE INN for the Wild Rose Press. I’m not certain, but I think my addition, HOPE’S DREAM will be released around Thankasgiving. Whew. I’ve also got a new audio version of THE VOICES OF ANGELS releasing sometime in the next few months. Can you spelled STRESSED? Heehee
Nope, you have nothing going on, do you, Peggy? Sheesh! But the readers appreciate all your hard work! ;-)
What/who do you like to read and do you have a favorite genre/author? I love to read Romantic fiction, my favorite genres being Contemporary, Rom/Suspense, RomCom and Regency. My all time favorite author is Nora Roberts and her writing doppelganger, J.D.Robb.
Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb is the undisputed queen of our world, that for sure!
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
The best piece of advice I can ever give to anyone, writers and everyone else, is to never, ever, give up on a dream. I had my first book published at the age of 55. I’m 58 now and let me tell you, there were many naysayers along my journey who kept telling me if it wasn’t happening in my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s it wasn’t going to happen. I ignored them all and kept dreaming of a day when I’d be a published author – a traditional one, at that, with a contract from a publishing house. I could have quit anytime and every time a rejection letter came in the mail. But I didn’t. I truly believe that if God puts a dream or a desire in your heart, it is your OBLIGATION to see it come to fruition. And I did. So, the shorthand version of that is: Never give up on a dream.
Love this advice!!!
Dark chocolate, light chocolate, or white chocolate? MILK CHOCOLATE
Alpha, beta, or both? BOTH
Boxers, briefs, or commando? BOXERS. Every. Friggin’. Time.
Cake, cookies, or crumpets? Cake. First. Last. Always.
Top, bottom, or against the wall? Yes, please. ( Heehee)
Biceps, abs, or buns? Buns ( but mostley because I like…cake.)
Any last words before we say goodbye?
Just thank you for being so supportive of writers and readers and everyone should try a new-to-them author at least twice a year. More, if you can.
Great idea, Peggy. Thank you so much for stopping by!!!
Cooking with Candy by Peggy Jaeger
Sugar and spice and everything sexy make the perfect recipe for romance in this brand-new series by Peggy Jaeger. Look for exclusive recipes in each book!
Kandy Laine built her wildly popular food empire the old-fashioned way—starting with the basic ingredients of her grandmother’s recipes and flavoring it all with her particular brand of sweet spice. From her cookbooks to her hit TV show, Kandy is a kitchen queen—and suddenly someone is determined to poison her cup. With odd accidents and threatening messages piling up, strong-willed Kandy can’t protest when her team hires someone to keep her safe—but she can’t deny that the man for the job looks delicious. . .
Josh Keane is a private investigator, not a bodyguard. But with one eyeful of Kandy’s ebony curls and dimpled smile, he’s signing on to uncover who’s cooking up trouble for the gorgeous chef. As the attraction between them starts to simmer, it’s not easy to keep his mind on the job, but when the strange distractions turn to true danger, he’ll stop at nothing to keep Kandy safe—and show her that a future together is on the menu. . .