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About Pegg Thomas

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, at her spinning wheel, tending her sheep, or on her trusty old horse, Trooper. See more at PeggThomas.com.

Writing What You Love

the-intimidator-and-suzieWhen I started writing – lo, those many years ago – I always heard, “write what you know.” I think that’s good advice for a beginner sticking their toe into the writing world. Learning to write for publication is difficult. It’s work. It’s not the way you were taught to write in high school English class. Not even close. So it makes sense to start writing about things you know, things you don’t need to research.

Once you’re comfortable in the craft, it’s a lot of fun to write what you love. tweet this

I spun my first yarn – the fiber kind – at the age of 16 on an antique great wheel similar to the one in the photo, which I now own. That combined my love of history with my love of creating things from scratch. I was hooked. I purchased a new spinning wheel and started a multi-decade journey of fibers and spinning that included raising both French Angora rabbits and Border Leicester sheep.

My current WIP (work in progress) is a Colonial historical romance involving a woman who spins and weaves beautiful cloth, and a handsome journeyman fuller who finishes her cloth at the fulling mill. I’m once again combining my love of history with my love of creating things from scratch. I’m also spending many hours researching the historical facts. How many people today have ever heard of a fulling mill? How will I make it understandable without dragging down the story? The goal is to bring a bit of history to readers via the romantic journey of the characters, not to overload the reader with historical facts. Still, the history must be correct, or the story falls apart for those who know history.

Writing what you know is the easiest way to begin, but writing what you love is. . .fun!


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Debut story will release in April 2017 from Barbour

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2017 in Pegg Thomas, Writing

 

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New Contract with Barbour!

pegg-signing-2nd-barbour-contract-12-28-16In December I received my second contract from Barbour Publishing. It came one week after I’d told my husband, “If I never sell another manuscript, I’m okay with that. My goal was to write a book and have it published. I’ve done it. It’s off my bucket list.”

Galatians 4:4a – But when the fullness of the time came, God

God’s timing is always perfect. In everything. In the big things and in the littlest things. tweet this

I’d submitted the proposal for In Sheep’s Clothing back in June 2016. It was one of seven stories in a collection called Bouquet of Brides. Six months later, I’d not heard a peep from Barbour. I’d written it off.

God sends His blessings in His time. Generally when we least expect it. How sweet is that?!

 

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Debut story will release in April 2017 from Barbour

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2017 in Pegg Thomas, Writing

 

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Happy New Year from the Quid Pro Quills

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Posted by on January 1, 2017 in Holiday Greeting

 

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364 Days to Go

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The birth of our Savior. The gathering of friends and family. The exchanging of gifts.
So many emotions are wrapped around this particular day.
How does it leave you feeling on the day after?
Are you looking forward to next year – or dreading it.

Keeping Christmas simple is next to impossible in this day and age.
We prepare – we over-prepare.
We fuss, we worry, we shop and bake and cook.
Are you exhausted today? Burned out? Emotionally flat-lined?

Is it time to rethink your Christmas traditions?
Is it time to envision the next year as a time of joy and magic of the season?
Instead of a merry-go-round of fuss and bother.
Instead of a hassle and a grind.

If you dread next year already, decide this day to change that.
Make your resolution early this year.
Plan ahead to make next Christmas your best yet.
Keep it simple.
Keep it about Christ.

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Debut story will release in April 2017 from Barbour

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2016 in Pegg Thomas

 

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Merry Christmas from the Quid Pro Quills

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Posted by on December 25, 2016 in Holiday Greeting

 

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Author Chat with Deb Gardner Allard

bookToday we’re featuring Deb Gardner Allard as she masquerades under the pseudonym of Taylor Jaxon. She’s got a new Young Adult Suspense titled Before the Apocalypse.

QPQ – Congratulations on the new release! You’ve written for children before, but this is your first foray into the world of Young Adult fiction. What prompted you to write Before the Apocalypse?

DGA –Thanks, Pegg. My older grandchildren are now 13, 14, and 15. I wanted to pique their interest, and apparently this book did. While I was writing it, I would catch them sneaking into my computer room to read the latest chapters. It does have quite a bit of excitement in it. A young teen fan told me that he liked the book because there was never a dull moment in the entire book. That blessed my heart.

QPQ – I’ll bet it did! I loved your book and I think it should have a much wider audience that just young adults. There is plenty of story in here for older readers. Biblical prophecy is the prominent theme throughout. Did your interest in this start when you were a young adult?

DGA – Not exactly. I grew up Catholic. My interest in the end times began when I was six years old, and the nun who led our Catechism class taught us about the Tribulation. Everyone in class (ages 6-12) sat on the pews wide-eyed and speechless. From that moment on, I was interested in prophecy. When NASA predicted the four blood moons a few years ago, I read every book I could find about them. I also read the prophets and Revelation in the Bible, attended a year-long eschatology Bible study called The Footsteps of the Messiah by Arnold Fructenbaum, and watched programs on prophecy every week for three years—Prophecy in the News, Prophecy Watchers, Sky Watch News, and several others. After studying the prophecies for myself, I have a different view on God’s purpose for the blood moons. An additional tidbit of information is that although I grew up Catholic, I changed denomination in early adulthood.

img_0512QPQ – Writing for children and YA has its special issues, like dialogue and seeing the world through young eyes. You obviously spent a great deal of time getting these aspects correct in the story. Do you have children or young adults to help you with that?

DGA—I sure do—eight grandchildren. As mentioned above, three are teenagers. They fill me in on their school and extracurricular escapades. Their speech patterns, slang, body language, etc. never escape my eyes and ears. They’re the first to tell me when a teen character would never say – x, y, or z. Taking courses through the Institute of Children’s Literature and belonging to ACFW and Word Weavers International have helped me hone my writing skills. It’s amazing how many older authors have penned books for kids—Roald Dahl, James Patterson, Jerry Spinelli, Mark Twain, C.S. Lewis, Emma Thompson and more. Many of them wrote for their children or grandchildren, just as I do.

QPQ – I don’t do spoilers, but the very end of the book leads me to believe there might be a sequel in the future. Am I correct? (Please say yes.)

DGA –I’ve got about five chapters written on a sequel J.

QPQ – Oh, good! What else is in the works from Deb Gardner Allard – or from Taylor Jaxon?

DGA—Besides the sequel to Before the Apocalypse, I’m writing a humorous youth novel, Surviving Aunt Maisy, and an adult novel that takes place in the Old West.

QPQ – We’ll be watching for those! Where can our readers find you around the web?

Website: www.debgardnerallard.com or  www.wordsalivepress.com
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Posted by on December 12, 2016 in Author Chat, New Releases

 

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Author Chat with Jodie Wolfe

seams-cover-promo-webToday we’re featuring one of our own! Jodie Wolfe has released her sequel to Hearts Tightly Knit, titled Love in the Seams.

QPQ – Congratulations on the new release! Give us a taste of what it was like to write a sequel.

JW – I found it to be a lot of fun since I was able to pick up with some characters from book one as well as introduce new ones too. I truly enjoyed breathing life into young LillyAnn in my story. She is a precocious five-year-old.

QPQ – This is your second book to self-publish, correct? I find it fascinating that your husband has designed your book covers. What a guy! With all that support, are you planning to continue on the self-publishing path, or work towards a hybrid with some traditional publishers too?

JW – Indie publishing is a lot of work, but I’m leaving that door open if I decide to go that route again. I also like the idea of being a hybrid author. 🙂 I recently signed my first contract with a traditional publisher and I pray there will be more of those contracts in the future.

QPQ – Congratulations on the contract! That’s awesome! Tell us a bit about Love in the Seams.

JW – Here’s the back cover copy.

Mae Stafford longs for the companionship and unconditional love her sister has found in her new husband. But after years of refusing potential suitors because of a pact they made as children, Mae no longer has any choices left once their agreement is broken. She’s given up hope that God will give her what she desires most, a family of her own. Instead of dwelling on what she doesn’t have, she throws herself into her work as the recent sole owner of the local dress shop.

As a promise made to his late wife, Johannes Mueller agrees to travel west to be a school teacher in Calder Springs, Texas, away from the bigotry associated with being an immigrant in New York City. He hopes to improve his life and forget his loss. Johannes isn’t counting on his five-year-old daughter’s search for a new mother when they arrive. His little LillyAnn finds ways to bring the seamstress and him together…often. Can he learn to embrace his German heritage and unlock his heart to love again?

QPQ – What inspired you to write this story?

JW – Hearts Tightly Knit ended with Ellie Stafford finding her happily-ever-after and I knew that I wanted her twin sister, Mae to have one too.

QPQ – What do you like best about Mae?

JW – The thing I like about Mae Stafford is that even though God hasn’t given her what she most desires yet, it hasn’t embittered her while she waits. Instead she pours herself into her business and works to bring joy through each garment she sews.

QPQ – What will make your readers swoon over Johannes?

JW – Johannes is doing what he can to provide for his daughter’s needs, but he still is missing his deceased wife. But when he finally figures out what he wants in life, there is no stopping him. Look out Mae. 🙂

QPQ – What’s next in the hopper from Jodie Wolfe?

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Jodie dancing with her husband at their son’s wedding

JW – I have a novelette coming out as part of a collection in spring 2017. Here’s a small teaser.

Esther Love, is a dime novelist who finds herself desperate to save the home she loves, even if it means she has to go husband hunting to do so.

I’ll be having a FB launch party on December 2nd from 6-9 PM (EST).

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE FUN!  

I’d love for you to stop by.

Website: http://www.jodiewolfe.com
Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Seams-Twins-Needles-Book/dp/0997502622/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jodie-Wolfe-553400191384913/; https://www.facebook.com/jodie.wolfe.1
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15220520.Jodie_Wolfe
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Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Jodie-Wolfe/e/B01EAWOHXO/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

 

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Author Chat, Jodie Wolfe, New Releases

 

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