Pegg Thomas, the author of In Sheep’s Clothing, the last novella in A Bouquet of Bride is my newest friend in this “bouquet” of authors, and she’s already impressed the socks off of me. (Actually it’s cold today and my warm, fuzzy socks are still on, but you know what I mean.)
Pegg stepped up to bat to provide valuable leadership, offering great ideas about getting the word out about this collection that we all love. You can thank her for the fun hosted on my blog and the blogs of the other authors for the month of January. We’ll each be posting fun tidbits about our stories on each other’s blogs through the month. I hope you’ll hop around with us from blog to blog on this special blog tour! Thank you, Pegg!
Since I didn’t know Pegg very well, I asked her to do a quick interview so I could get to know her along with my readers. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into her life as much as I did.
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
It was always in the back of my mind, probably since high school, but never something I seriously thought I would do. Then came the dreaded empty nest. I needed something to keep busy and I thought … why not? That was in 2009. I signed my first contract in 2016. If I had known how much I didn’t know before I started, I probably wouldn’t have. But after I’d invested in the first writers conference, I felt compelled to see it through. So happy I did!
Tell us about one of your favorite writing mentors.
I didn’t really have any mentors in the usual sense. I stumbled onto Christianwriters.com from the beginning. It was an active site pre-Facebook and filled with other newbies trying to figure out the whole writing gig. That’s where I learned about writers conferences. Attending my first conference – even though I won an essay contest there – was where I learned how much I didn’t know. I also learned about ACFW. It was through ACFW’s Scribes program that I found my critique partners. We were all at about the same level of writing and so we grew together, sharing what we learned at conferences across the country and always pushing each other to write better. I’m a firm believer in an active critique group – and a pushy one! Don’t look for people who will slap you on the back and tell you how great you write, look for people who will bleed red all over your manuscript and push you – or drag you kicking and screaming, which was me – to improve.
You seem especially focused on writing historicals. Tell us about that passion.
I think I was born a history geek. Or maybe I was just born a couple hundred years too late. My granddad, who remembered the end of WWI and lived through a lot of history, was a natural-born storyteller. I was his favorite audience. I soaked up history via story from the start. And I must have passed it on, because our homeschooled son is now a history teacher in the public schools.
What’s something unique to you we can learn about?
I’m a shepherd. I’ve raised registered Border Leicester sheep since 1993. I’m also a handspinner. I use my wool to create one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing. My passion at the moment is knitting shawls. I like to spin a very fine yarn and knit the shawls on smaller needles to create a heirloom-quality shawl. Each one is unique since I only prepare enough wool for a single shawl at a time. I couldn’t replicate one if I tried! I decided to give away one of my shawls with the release of each of my books. The Meadowsweet Shawl, named after the lamb in In Sheep’s Clothing, part of A Bouquet of Brides Collection, will be given away on January 31st to one subscriber to my newsletter. https://www.subscribepage.com/PeggThomas
Thank you, Pegg, for a glimpse into your world!
Until Next Time,