All About Pegg
Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” An avid reader and writer, she enjoys fiction stories threaded through historical events and around historical figures. Civil War and Colonial are her favorite eras. Pegg is a regular blogger at both QuidProQuills.com and ColonialQuills.com. When not working on her latest novel, Pegg can be found in her garden, in her kitchen, tending her sheep, or on her trusty old horse, Trooper. See more at PeggThomas.com.
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The Friday Five with Pegg
Describe your decision to become a writer?
I always wanted to write a book, probably from junior high on. It’s funny though, because I never thought I would actually do it. Then came the empty nest and – I guess like a lot of people at that stage – I was looking for ways to fill my life. One day I picked up a pencil and a legal pad and started writing. I was blissfully ignorant of all the things I didn’t know. That was in 2009. Embattled Hearts is my first story to see publication. I spent those years in between learning everything I could about the craft of writing.
What is your writing process like?
I wish I could tell you that it’s disciplined and organized and professional. Truth is, it’s sporadic and filled with rabbit trails. I write historical and historical romance and there are days I get lost in the research. I love research! I love history! I have to pull myself out of that, away from the rabbit trails, and force myself back into the writing.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received for writing?
Learn the craft. Don’t take shortcuts. Listen to the experts – they’re known as experts for a reason. Write, write, write – even when you don’t feel like it. Write.
What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?
Writing. That sounds silly unless you’ve tried it, and then it makes perfect sense. Story is more than just a grand idea fleshed out on paper – or screen. It’s the ebb and flow of that grand idea shared in such a way that the reader is enveloped into the fabric of the story. It’s a bit of magic. There’s a serious art to achieving that level of storytelling. I’m not there yet, but I hope one day I’ll make it. That’s what keeps me writing now.
What are some of your favorite novels and why?
Anything written by James Herriot. He was the quintessential storyteller. He brought Yorkshire alive for someone who has never been there and likely never will be. He brought the characters to life, but also the setting, the dales, the farms, the roads. I want to be able to write like that someday.
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