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Interviews of Evanell (Peggy Parsons)
|by Jaxine Daniels - 3rd Book Glimpse of Never Ending Love, April 2005|
|by Wanda C. Keesey - One Stolen Night|
Tell us something about your new book, Glimpse Of Eternity.
My story is about Kacy and Clay who have known and loved each other in prior lives but never had a chance to fulfill their love. Kacyís fairy godmother convinces her guardian angel to take Kacy back in time to meet Clay, but it takes her a while to figure that out, and even longer for him to believe her.
Where did you get the idea for this book?
I wish I knew. Iíve always had stories in my head, and sometimes I feel a bit like a conduit. When Iím working on a story, instead of just editing or polishing, which takes up most of my time at the computer, I usually fall asleep thinking about my story/characters, and I wake up thinking about them too.
What else do you have in the works and, kind of related, do you work on one story at a time or multiple?
Right now Iím working on a contemporary story titled Paper Marriage. Itís about Analyn and Chandler who grew up as next door neighbors and have always loved each other, but Chandler hides his true feelings because he has inherited the genes for Huntingtonís Disease (HD).
I usually work on one story at a time, but sometimes while Iím polishing/editing one story, I have a new idea brewing inside my head. Sometimes my stories flow from beginning to end. At other times they come out in pieces, and I type them fast so I wonít lose the scene; then I plunk them where they belong.
What made you pick the 'paranormal' side of writing?
I love reading paranormals. Theyíre some of my favorite stories. I love seeing how an author introduces paranormal elements, and then has to find ways for their characters to deal with them.
Are you a structured writer or do you write by the seat-of-your-pants?
By the seat-of-my-pants, and often the story changes after Iíve begun to write it. I guess it matures as it percolates inside me, and I come to know/understand more about my characters.
How much time do you dedicate to writing?
As much as possible. I think life should be enjoyed to the fullest. When Iím not golfing, playing Mah Jong, visiting with my family--grandchildren, or having fun, Iím generally at my computer. I like to write in the morning when Iím fresh, but often find myself writing/editing at night. I donít watch much T.V. so when I do those times are special. Thereís just never enough time to do everything I want to do.
What advice would you give to someone who aspires to be a published author?
Join a writers group and/or take classes to learn the basics. Then write and keep writing. Form a critique group with writers who know whatís right and what isnít. Donít stop writing. The more you write, the more you learn and improve. And donít give up. Keep writing. And submit, submit, submit.
How did you learn about Wings and what made you decide to come here?
From another Wingsí author. We belong to the same writing chapter. Weíve attended some of the same writing conferences, and also critiqued each otherís work. Sheís very supportive, as are other writers I know, including authors Iíve met who are associated with Wings
Tell us a little about you.
I Ďm writing under my middle name, Evanell, because Iíve never used it for anything else. Iíve lived in Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and the U.K. We once owned a home in Zihautanejo (Ixtapa), Mexico with some other couples and I learned enough Spanish to communicate with the cook. Iíve traveled throughout Europe and the U.S. (including Hawaii and Alaska), also to Australia, Russia, and the Canary Islands. I belong to a weekly critique group, three local writerís groups, and Iíve sold three romantic time-travel books, all to Wings.
Who would you say are your biggest supporters?
My husband. He keeps my computer in tip-top shape and always has marvelous suggestions. Even though he doesnít read or critique my work, heís my best friend. Also my youngest brother. He writes and we talk about our writing and he has always encouraged me.
What is your favorite genre to write in and why?
Romance, both historical and mainstream. I think love is some kind of magic and I love reading and writing about it. I don't know why except that I'm a romantic at heart.
Were you nosey as a child?
Curious, but also a little shy. I think I blossomed after I discovered how friendly and wonderful so many people in the world are.
Who was the number on influence for you and why?
First it was my sister, Kathy, who listened to me make up stories and tell them at night. Later it was friends, who listened to me read creative school assignments. Then my husband, who encourages me and always makes sure my computer is working. My younger brother, Jim, who also writes, has also encouraged me not to give up.
How did you start writing?
When I moved to England, I retired and finally had the time. Writing is something I've always wanted to do because I've always had characters in my head telling me their stories. I went out and bought an electronic Brother typewriter that only printed four lines at a time and had to use special paper. (The power in England is 220, not 110). I still have that first 750 page MS somewhere. Maybe someday I'll turn it into three different novels.
How many hours a day do you write?
As many as possible. Mostly I write when I don't have something else I HAVE to do. Sometimes when I sit down to watch TV with my husband, my characters are more entertaining than what's on TV so I leave the TV and go back to work.
Where do you write? In an office? Dining room table?
I write in our computer room/office. It's at the other end of the house from the TV, kitchen, family room, bedroom, etc. When I travel, I usually have a notebook handy so I can jot down things as they come to me. Now I have a Laptop, so I can use it in the car or anywhere I go.
What was the idea behind Glimpse Of Forever?
I had the idea of writing about Kacy's friend (the heroine in my first story, Glimpse of Eternity), and then I read about Queen Victoria's Saucerman, and decided to use him as my greedy wizard.
What is your favorite time of day to write... evening, morning...???
I like mornings best because that's when I'm fresh and full of new ideas and enthusiasm, but I write anytime I can.
Who are some of your favorite writers?
Judith McNaught is my favorite. I like LaVerl Spencer too and regret that she gave up writing. I also like Linda Lael Miller, Penny Jordan, Pat Warren, Jude Devereaux, Joanna Lindsay. The list is probably too long to write. I loved The DaVincci Code by Dan Brown, and itís prequel, Angels and Demons. Both were fun reads.
And... your favorite movie... is????
AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER with Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant. I like all good romantic movies, mostly those that were made during the 1950's and 60's, although there have been a few good ones since then. I'm thinking about "OUT OF AFRICA", with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. Mostly I guess I like the actors and actresses and I trust them to play in good roles, and not disappoint me. I loved the two with Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman, ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS and MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, as well as GIANT, with Elizabeth Taylor.
I also like the Harry Potter movies as well as "FRODO" and the "TRILOGY OF THE RING". I read THE HOBBIT and the TRILOGY to my sons when they were young. All three of my sons are avid readers.
Are you married? A Significant Other? If so... what does this person think of your writing?
I'm married and have been for 25 years. My husband is very supportive, and proud that I finally got something published. In retrospect, we both think I should have enrolled in writing classes. The people I've met through RWA Writing Groups have all been extremely helpful, but learning the craft was a long, slow process.
Got anything else in mind you'd like to share? Works In Progress?
I'm currently working on a mainstream titled PAPER MARRIAGE. It's about a girl who grew up in Utah who marries her best friend, not expecting the marriage to last, although she wishes it would.
INTERVIEW BY: Jaxine Bubis writing as Jaxine Daniels
Why do you write romance?
Because I believe in the magic of love and happy endings.
How long have you been writing, Peggy Evanell?
Iíve always wanted to write and started about twenty years ago when I moved to England and no longer worked. It took a while to discover that writing is a craft, and I had a lot to learn about VP, Voice, Goal, Motivation, Conflict, Scene and Sequel, Action, Reaction, Setting, etc.
What is your favorite book that youíve written?
I think my favorite is the one Iím usually working on when asked that question, although I must admit Iím partial to one that may never be published because itís about a Mormon girl.
What is your favorite book that youíve read?
Tough question. I love the work of many authors, but Judith McNaughtís stories are some of my favorite, so I guess Iíd say Whitney, My Love. I also love time travels, especially those written by Constance OíDay Flannery.
What made you write Glimpse of Never Ending Love?
When I wrote my first Glimpse story I switched places and identities with the heroine, Kacy (Eternity) and Catharine (Never Ending Love) so I could write about a girl from the past who got transported to the future. After writing historicals, it wasn't as easy as I expected to switch to contemporary.
You have two other "Glimpse" books. How are the three related, or are they?
Yes, they are related, although you donít have to read them all or in order as each book stands alone.
The first, Glimpse of Eternity, is about Kacy, who is taken back in time to meet the man she has loved and lost in other lives, and dreams about in her current life. The second, Glimpse of Forever, is about her best friend, Jennifer, who is transported back in time to see Kacy. However, an opal, given to her by her true love, guides her to him instead of to Kacy. The third, Glimpse of Never Ending Love, is about Catharine, who switched places and identities with Kacy so she could return to the past. Having lived with Jennifer who helped her adjust to the twenty-first century before she traveled back in time, Catharine turns to Jenniferís cousin, the man she has known and admired in past lives.
Have you ever written anything other than romance?
If not, are you interested in doing so?
What would it be?
A story with a strong heroine who made a difference in the world.
If you could do anything that youíve never done before, what would it be?
Have my three time travel stories made into movies (preferably by Walt Disney, so audiences of all ages could enjoy them).
You are so well-traveled. What is your favorite destination and why?
I like every place Iíve ever visited, although my husband doesnít agree. I loved living in England, and would return there every year if I could because of the history, museums, people, theater and all the things you can see and do without having to travel miles and miles.
Tell us a little about your "normal" day.
Itís easier to tell about my week. I try to keep weekends free to spend with my husband and/or work on my computer. Most Mondays I work on my computer and/or see my son and grandchildren. I golf every Tuesday and Thursday and had my first hole-in-one last week. Yipee! I putt with a putters group on Wednesday mornings (during the winter) and meet with my Critique Group on Wednesday afternoons. On Friday mornings I play Mah Jong. When Iím not busy doing any of the above, Iím usually at my computer. I write early in the morning, late at night and as much as possible in-between.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Woman: Maggie Thatcher. Sheís a terrific woman with a brilliant mind.
Man: Robert Redford. Heís awesome and intelligent, plus blond and blue-eyed like my husband.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you like to have with you. Which of your characters do you want with you? Why?
First Iíd want a computer or notebooks and pens and pencils so I could write. Second Iíd like good food-- (any kind of fish would be great--Iíd have to eat to survive). Third Iíd like a decent bed, or a foam mattress and pillow. Iíd like my husband there too, because heís my best friend. Thereís probably some of him in every hero I write about. If I couldnít have my husband, Iíd like any of my female characters because I think theyíre like my sister who is my best female friend.
Interviewed by Wanda C. Keesey
Q. Ms. Parsons, tell us about yourself? Do you have other hobbies or interests outside of writing?
A. I live in Arizona, and I love the weather. I golf two or three times a week, putt once a week in the winter, play Mah Jongg all year, and tap dance, too. In addition, I love to travel and spend time with my grandchildren, and my friends, including my Red Hat Ya Ya sisters.
Q. Tell us about your book?
A. My story is about a Mormon girl who attended the University of Hawaii in the early 1960's. She meets Robin, who is known for having his way with girls, and spends a romantic evening with him. Years later they meet again, and she's shocked because she heard he had drowned.
Q. Why this book? What inspired it?
A. I grew up in Utah, and I wanted to write a story about a Mormon girl because I think a lot of people have weird ideas about Mormons, and they're not weird at all. I also worked for an insurance company, a very special place, where the employees were almost like family as they are in my story.
- I know this question isn't new to you: Why do you write? Why did you begin writing?
A. I've wanted to write most of my life. I've always had stories in my head. When I was young I made up stories while I was doing the dishes. The knives were the daddy's, forks the mother's, small spoons were children and big spoons were aunts and uncles. In addition to those stories, I made up all kinds of others and told them to my younger sister. She was a great listener. Still is. And when I used to babysit for my piano teacher, I discovered making up stories was a good way to keep her active twin sons entertained.
Q. Nor this one: Where do you get your ideas?
A. They just come. From where, I don't know. Sometimes I see, hear, or read something and I get an idea. Sometimes I dream about something and a story or the beginning of one results. I always know the beginning and end before I start, and the rest takes care of itself as I write.
Q. How do you come up with your characters? The names?
A. I'm always trying to think up unusual names. A few times I've used heroines names that start with a K because that's what my sister's name begins with and she's one of my most favorite people in the whole world. My characters are often based on someone I've known or have met, although I doubt anyone would recognize them because they're really my creation, and they're someone I like and admire.
Q. Why this genre? Have you considered trying another genre? If so which one(s) and why?
A. I write romance because I like happy endings, also because I believe love is some kind of magic. ONE STOLEN NIGHT is an Inspirational. I have three time travel stories published. Two are historical, the other (third one) is about a girl coming forward in time. All three of those stories are related, and the girl in the first and third stories change places. If I wrote in another genre, it would probably be mystery, but it would still have romantic elements because I think love makes the world go around.
Q. Is reading important to you? What do you read? Who do you read?
A. Reading is very important because fiction can take me to times and places I've never been. It can lift my mood, make me happy and help me believe anything is possible. I read all kinds of books. I love romances, of course, and Judith McNaught is my favorite author, although I have many favorites. I like historical works, especially those about our forefathers (our country's presidents). I love to read about the beginnings of our great country. During the last year I've also read The Pentagon, In vitro Fertilization, Leaving Microsoft to Save the World, the Supreme Court Justices. I've recently read The Other Bolyn Girl, and The Mists of Avalon (a female's POV during the time of King Arthur).
Q. How much time do you put into your writing? The creation? Research? Editing? Marketing?
A. I spend as much time as possible at my computer, writing. The creation is the most difficult. Getting the entire story written is almost like being on a deadline. I need it all down as soon as possible. When I'm in the creative mode, I try to work early in the day while I'm fresh. Editing and polishing take the most time, and I work on that any time of the day or night, and often stay up late. For marketing, I go to book signings, give and attend workshops, and try to discover new ideas from other writers.
Q. Is One Stolen Night your first Wings book? Are you working on another project?
A. ONE STOLEN NIGHT is my fourth book with Wings. The others are: GLIMPSE OF ETERNITY, GLIMPSE OF FOREVER, GLIMPSE OF NEVER ENDING LOVE. I wrote those books under the pseudonym, Evanell, my middle name.
I have another story coming out with Wings in November, 2008, titled YOURS TILL NIAGARA FALLS. It's a contemporary, kind of a romantic suspense, about a girl who inherits a Camp in the Adirondacks.
Other Projects: I'm working on a story that's about half finished, and I have two written that need polishing, editing. In addition, I always have ideas in my head for other stories I want to write. Just need more time.
Q. What do you find most difficult about the writing/publishing process?
A. Selling the story to an editor/publisher.
Q. Do you have any sage advice for beginning writers? For first time published authors?
A. Learn the craft. Attend workshops and conferences. Join writer's groups. Other writers are full of information, and they're very willing to share. Join a critique group, and learn to take and give constructive criticism.
Q. Lastly, do you have a website or blog where readers can find you and your work?
A. My website is: www.evanell.com
Q. Is there anything you'd like to add?
A. Writing a story is like having a baby. It takes a while to create, and during that time, it's all yours. Once it's born (published), you share it with others and hope they treat it kindly.