An #interview with author Peggy Chambers

Check out Peggy Jaeger’s website where I guest blog today! Thank you, Peggy.

Peggy Jaeger

 I’ve recently met a new author to me and thought I’d introduce her to all of you as well. Say hello to writer Peggy Chambers. Peggy’s got a new release out and she “stopped by”the other day to be grilled by yours truly. Sit back and find out more about this lovely author.

Peggy Chambers: The Writer

  1. What drives you to write? I began to write when my parents became ill. It was a way to get thoughts and feelings down on paper. Now, I feel compelled to write to get the stories out of my head and on paper. I think I’ll write until I can no longer hold a pencil or open a lap top.
  2. What genre(s) of Romance do you write, and why? I write romantic suspense. I am not attracted to romance only books. I need an underlying mystery or suspense to hold…

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2017 Something New: It’s Autumn Again!

    Fall is upon us.  The temperatures fell this week and my basil and cannas are worse for wear.  I made pesto at the last minute to save as much basil as possible and I have faith the cannas will be back in the spring. I have a great Chicken Caprese recipe to try out tonight.  Cool weather makes me want to cook – and eat. So, I must exercise more to counter act the inevitable.

It is a time when we tie up loose ends of the growing season and plan for next year.  We snuggle down and do indoor projects or put on woolen sweaters and brave the cold.  I still plan to walk the dog even if it is cold. (my husband says it is cool).

I had a very successful book signing yesterday at the Enid Public Library promoting my latest Return to Glome’s Valley and now I’m back working on my current work in progress.

I purchased the Halloween candy this week and paid way too much.  I know my neighborhood and even with a 30% chance of rain, I’m sure the goblins will be out in force.

And that means the holidays are right around the corner. I think my days of hosting the big Thanksgiving Feast are over, and that is okay.  I’ve worked hard enough, and it is time for the next generation to take over.  I will bake pies and vegetable casseroles and show up at the correct time.

My friend is having a garage sale next weekend and I’m helping prepare for that.  It is a good opportunity for me to clean out some items I don’t need and maybe someone else does. I will be working at the sale next weekend and making a big pot of vegetable soup to help keep us warm (here I go thinking of cooking again).

Fall is a time of transition – a time to slow down and rest as nature intended.  So why do I feel energized? I think I’ll make a banana bread today.

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2017 Something New: Something Old

    I viewed the original manuscript typed by Dr. Angie Debo for And Still the Waters Run at the OSU library this week.  It was her most controversial book and almost not published because of the content.

I spent Friday in Stillwater at OSU with friends and fans of Angie DeBo.  The One Book, One Community program through Oklahoma libraries had two tours of the Edmon Low Library where Angie Debo once worked.  A small group of people lead by Dr. Karen Neurohr toured the library.  We were led to the map library where she first worked and were privy to maps of the Oklahoma Territories, Indian Territories, Railroad maps and topographical maps that she once filed and kept for anyone needing research.  

The Edmon Low library has a room dedicated to Oklahoma’s greatest historian with furniture from her home and first edition books written by her.  

But the greatest gift I received that day was to look and – almost touch – the original manuscript for her greatest book.  In the basement of the library sits a tiny nook with boxes upon boxes of Dr. Debo’s work in file folders as she arranged it.  The curator pulled out one chapter – typed – with her hand-written edits and my mind flew to how the author wrote.  Today, I  write directly into the computer and then edit later by moving paragraphs, deleting scenes, running through spell checker and then giving it to my critique group to read.  That is the only time I print out my manuscripts, three pages at a time, to be marked on, given back to me and then tossed into the recycle box after changes are made to the computer document. She first, hand-wrote the document, typed it, edited it, typed it again and then sent it to a publisher.

As an author, I was amazed at the work. I was in the presence of greatness and I was awed.

Thank you Dr. Debo for all the research and writing you did about the people of the State of Oklahoma.

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2017 Something New: Return to Glome’s Valley

    Warm afternoons turned into cool mornings in the forests of southeast Oklahoma last weekend.  But we are Vikings.  We can take it! The storms overnight turned over a few tents – but the damage was minimal.  

My newest release Return to Glome’s Valley debuted in the park where the story is set last weekend and it was a great success!  The towering pine trees provided shade and a bed of needles on the ground as the Celtic bands played and vendors sold their wares.  I smiled at an older couple lunching under the pavilion as they shared a local bottle of wine with their food.  

Royal Gauntlet Birds of Prey put on a show twice a day with performances by the birds themselves.  We all learned about hawks, falcons, several different types of owl and how they live.  They are rescued when injured and then placed back into the wild when they are ready.  

It is a beautiful time of year to visit the forest and the Heavener Runestone Park.  It is a magical setting and a pristine forest.  The Talimena Drive is a short distance away and there is camping, balloon festivals and tons of family fun this time of year.  Check it out and see if you believe Vikings were in Oklahoma before Columbus.

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2017 Something New: Heavener Runestone Viking Fest

    Many years ago, on a weekend trip to southeastern Oklahoma, I encountered the Heavener Runestone.  I wandered around the park and stared at the stone in awe. There is more than one school of thought about the origin of the Heavener Runestone – but the one I love the best is the idea that Vikings explored America before Columbus.

Polynesians traveled thousands of miles in outrigger boats to what is now Hawaii.  Eskimos made the trek down the Bering Strait into what is now Canada.  Why could Vikings not have journeyed down the east coast of American and into the Gulf Coast, then up the rivers and landed in Oklahoma?

Gloria Farley, in her book In Plain Sight: Old World Records in Ancient America, sites many places in what we now call America where there are relics proving Europeans were in what is now the United States before Columbus.  There were many cultures already set up and making history before the Columbus voyage and the invasion that took place later, but she talks about runestones across the United States and where they came from (http://gloriafarley.com/).

I was inspired by the beauty of the forests in that region of my state and the lore that accompanied the runestone – and Glome’s Valley http://tinyurl.com/zzwpbzh was born. There is a rich heritage of lore in that part of the world.  Many people believe that the carving on the stone is ancient Futhark and it says “Glome’s Valley” like someone named Glome was marking his territory.  I like to believe that.

Return to Glome’s Valley http://tinyurl.com/ybvpqva9 takes place fourteen years later when Ethan comes back to the place he loved as a child and finds little has changed in the valley.  Well, there is at least one creature who he didn’t meet last time.  Trondelag, is a dragon who occupies in the pond next to the cottage where Glome and the fairies live. She lives on dragon flies and hickory nuts. She was there last time he visited, but he never met her.  This time, he’ll find he needs her help if he is to survive.

My new book Return to Glome’s Valley will debut next weekend at the Heavener Runestone Viking Fest in the forests where it is set.  Come by my tent and pick up a copy.  There will be Vikings and vendors from all over the country selling their wares.  Food trucks will feed you in the family friendly atmosphere as you listen to music and see reenactors for all things Viking. October 14 & 15, 2017 at the Heavener Runestone Park (10 miles south of Poteau, OK). Come visit and bring the kids.  You, too, will be inspired.

Return to Glome’s Valley is also available in ebook form on Amazon and Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Return+to+Glome%27s+Valley.

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2017 Something New: One Book, One Community

    I have the honor of leading a discussion group this week with the Enid Public Library’s “One Book, One Community” on Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9:00 a.m. at the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma in Enid.  Like minds all over Enid, Stillwater and other communities will be discussing the life and literature of Angie Debo, Oklahoma historian.  There are several opportunities for you to get involved in this worthwhile project.  There will be programs about her life and works and discussions about the book Prairie City: The Story of an American Community. It was one of thirteen books she published about Oklahoma.  The final gathering will be at the Enid Symphony Hall with a performance by Will Hill, “Legends Nagonagogee.” http://enid.okpls.org/enidreads/

Angie Debo was a woman ahead of her time.  Born before the first Oklahoma Land run, she lived 98 years and welcomed in a new century. She watched the prairies of Oklahoma turn to large cities while the Native Americans were left behind.  In her book And Still the Waters Run she pointed out the cheating of the Five Civilized Tribes after the Trail of Tears. With the passage of the Dawes Act in 1887, the land was purchased back from the tribes, and the members were then swindled out of their private parcels. Debo named prominent people who perpetrated the crimes and not only was her book almost not published, she received death threats after.

I made a trip to Marshall, OK, home of Angie Debo and the subject of the book Prairie City, to get a feel for the place.  I wanted to see the Oklahoma prairie where she grew up and try to imagine it as she saw in in a covered wagon.  Marshall is not yet a ghost town, it is still occupied. But most of the businesses are gone and the downtown area, with its wide streets meant for commerce, is all but deserted.  We traveled the couple of miles to the cemetery outside of town to find the final resting place for the woman who was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, acclaimed as Oklahoma’s greatest historian. Her tombstone said it all: “Discover the Truth and Publish it.” She did.

Thank you, Angie Debo, for your labor of love about the great state of Oklahoma and its inhabitants.

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2017 Something New: Old Friends

    I used to listen to retired folks say they are so busy these days, they don’t know where the time goes.  I thought, you’re retired, what is so important?  And then I found out after I retired from the daily grind.  You have time to live your life, do the things you want, and maybe do the things you should have been doing all along.

I am in awe of people who don’t want to retire.  They love their jobs and might do them for free if they could afford it.  I had some good jobs in my career. But I’m happy to say, now I can do what I want.  My dog gets more walks because I’m home.  I work out more, because I’m not so tired, I finish more writing that I started, and I make time for friends.

I went to lunch with two of my favorite people yesterday before one went on a trip, just to catch up.  In the middle of a Saturday afternoon there may or may not have been a small glass of wine to celebrate the season.

The other night – on a week night – we had dinner with some old friends from my husband’s career days.  Someone we seldom see anymore and it was such fun hearing about their plans and telling them ours.  We should do it more often.

I have plans for every Saturday in October with book signings, discussions with the library and all things literate. I love books (no! you say) but I also love people. I’ve made many friends over a long life and a lot of them are still around to spend time with.  My goal is to make sure I take time for them too and not just hide out in a book.

What about you?  Do you see your friends enough?

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