Welcome to Wednesday! Today our guest is Peggy Trotter, an author who writes in multiple genres, historical, contemporary, and suspense, but always inspirational. Let’s get to know her better. Our first question, what do you love most about the writing process? The least?
Peggy: Writing has always sparked a happy breathlessness in my heart. Even as a young child. I was one of three chosen amongst my first grade class as having created the best books, aka, a folded coloring page with three sentences of a lame story. Mine was entitled The Puppy’s Surprize. Yes, error and all, LOL. But—I can remember, with acute clarity, standing outside the attorney’s office window, where it hung in honor, and something magical birthed inside my young soul. Writing…enchanted me.
And even today, I get that same giddy feeling, knee-deep in the plot, feeling the waves of emotion roll off my fingertips, my body leaned forward in anticipation of the sigh-worthy resolution. Yes! This is what I love the most. When time becomes a mythical thing, thrown aside for what awakens in that tight cycle of wooing creativity.
And what could possibly dent this wave-riding thrill of fabricating the perfect story? Rejection. Doubts. Reality. But perhaps rejection trumps the others. Or encourages the others to come along for a ride. Constantly being told by people that my writing, my story is not good enough, long enough, short enough, grabbing enough, clear enough, engaging enough, anchored enough, blah, blah, pick another negative slip from the hat of frustration. Yes, ugh. That is truly the part I like least. But I have learned, with a grit of my teeth, to carry on and let God bless. Stubbornness, in this instance, has served me well.
What passion you have for writing! I’m sure it comes through to your stories. Next question: what was the best money you ever spent as a writer concerning craft? How about marketing?
Peggy: The best money I ever spent was getting involved with a writing community. In my instance, ACFW. From the moment I sent in my first membership payment, I began my new education of writing better. The national conference, while feeding my inner love of bumping elbows with other writers and making connections, also fed my need to learn and to come face-to-face with people and pressure of the writing business. And as far as marketing goes, I am wrestling the beast continually. A slippery, resistant character it is.
Getting involved in a solid writing community is a great way to learn, connect and grow! Final question, Were you a young writer, late-bloomer, or somewhere in-between?
Peggy: As far as when I began writing, I was all three. A young writer, a late bloomer, and somewhere in-between. I wrote as an early teen, though here I only got my toes wet clomping away on an old manual typewriter. Somewhere in-between my feet got accustomed to the water, and I received my first rejection. But when my kids left the house, leaving a huge gaping hole not only in my schedule but my heart. I asked God to fill it with something worthwhile. Enter writing again, and it proved plenty stout enough to fill the gaping crater in my life. Only this time, with experience in my back pocket, I knew I would have to set my nose into the wind and push. And here I am, sailing into the brisk wind, straight line at worst, gentle wafts at best, my hands to the keyboard, trusting God to sort it out. Writing on, with hope in my heart and time thrust aside. And the people’s lives I touch make the journey so worth battling the naysayers. And so encouraging as well.
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Peggy Trotter’s Bio:
When Peggy Trotter’s not crafting or DIY-ing, she’s immersed in a story scene of some sort, always pushing toward that sigh-worthy, happily-ever-after ending. Two kids, 2 step-kids, and 2 grandchildren, the delight her life, as well as her Batman of 35 years whose cape is much worn from rescuing his wife from one scrape or another.
Winner of the prestigious ACFW Genesis Award in 2014, she flip-flops from historical to contemporary to suspense, but always inspirational. But ultimately, it’s always about incredible characters and storylines that reveal God’s guiding providence and unending love.
The Secret Things, the first book in the series, Unchained Souls:
Deep in the Smoky Mountains…Secrets Abound. Jerrica Rankin doesn’t know who she is. But she isn’t the woman in the wedding photo. So who is this stranger on her porch, gripping this incriminating picture? How will Jerrica conquer her panic attacks and prove her identity and get her life back?
Brock Langston buried his wife three years ago. But he finds her, deep in the Smoky Mountains, very much alive and denying who she is. How could she have forgotten their relationship and why didn’t anyone contact him? Is Jerrica really his wife? Or an imposter?