Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Regina Puckett, author of the romance novels CONCEALED IN MY HEART and SONGS THAT I WHISPER, short story romances IF LOVE WAS ENOUGH and its sequel BALLOON WISHES, and horror stories PIECES and REGINA PUCKETT’S SHORT TALES OF HORROR, to name just a few of Regina’s many works, and welcome her to my blog.
Q: For how long have you been writing?
A: I wrote my first romance in the seventh grade. Loads of kissing littered its pages but there was very little storyline.
Q: Have any life experiences inspired you to write your books?
A: Everything around me inspires my stories. On a road trip to Myrtle Beach I thought about how dangerous hitchhiking was and that inspired me to write Paying the Hitchhiker. As I was driving home from work one afternoon, I saw a beggar with a sign saying he was hungry. That inspired me to write Will Work for Food. A dream inspired me to write Concealed in My Heart. I will spare you the sordid details of every inspiration, but it just takes on one thing to set me to thinking, what if?
Q: Each writer works in different ways with reference to writing. Do you have a writing program/schedule that works for you?
A: Since I work fulltime, I have to write whenever I have a free moment.
Q: Do you have any favorite book genres which you love to read?
A: Historical Romance. I love reading novels set in the 1700-1800’s. Give me a handsome, endearing duke to fall in love with, and I’m lost in that book until I read the words the end.
Q: Are there any favorite books and authors who have been influential upon you and your writing?
A: Gone with the Wind set me onto my path of becoming a writer. After reading it, I wanted to write a book that captured a reader like that book did to me.
Q: I was struck by the moving narratives of IF LOVE WAS ENOUGH and BALLOON WISHES, and how they presented characters who had been hurt by tragic life events, but managed to find their own understanding of what love and life is, and make it work for them. What inspired you to write this two part exploration into protagonist April’s life?
A: The idea for If Love was Enough came after thinking about all the prayers I thought went unanswered. Were they really not answered or had God’s answer to them just been no?
In my story Adam is overseas fighting in Iraq and his pregnant wife, April is back at home praying every day for his safe return. When Adam’s killed a few days before he’s supposed to return home, April questions why God didn’t answer her prayers. I think it’s an honest look into why God doesn’t always answer our prayers like we think he should.
I never planned on writing Balloon Wishes until a follower on Twitter asked me if I ever planned to finish writing April’s story. In my mind I thought the story was finished, but that simple question set me to thinking what did happen to April and her unborn baby?
Q: Amongst your stories, is there one which is closest to your heart, and why?
A: I love all of my books but Love is a Promise Kept is probably my favorite. When it was first released by Whimsical Publications its title was Waiting for Mary Elizabeth, but after receiving my rights back I released under its new title.
The reason this story is so dear to my heart is because I love the idea of two people recognizing who they want to spend their entire lives with even though they are just children, and who wouldn’t want a man like Gregory willing to devote his entire life to keeping a promise to you? He’s a man of his word. A man can be muscled and beautiful eye-candy, but if he’s a liar it makes him ugly to the core.
Q: Do you have any favorite TV shows, either from the past, or currently on the air?
A: I’m a huge NCIS fan. That in itself is strange, because for years after seeing Mark Harmon play Ted Bundy I couldn’t stand the sight of him. He has certainly redeemed himself in my eyes with his role of Jethro Gibbs.
Q: Are there any hobbies or pastimes you like to participate in when you have spare time?
A: I enjoy painting and sewing. I’m not great at either one but that doesn’t stop me from trying.
Q: You are a versatile writer in terms of genres, tackling stories in romance, horror, children’s books, and erotica. Would you like to write stories in any other genres?
A: I don’t think in terms of genres. I write the story that won’t give me peace until it’s down on paper. So I guess the simple answer is yes, because who really knows what that next story is going to be about? I might dream about aliens populating the Earth next.
Q: Are you left-handed, or right-handed? Being a left-hander, it is interesting to see how many writers are either one or the other.
Q: Do you have any other writing projects, or new/upcoming releases, that you would like to mention to readers?
A: I just released two books. Once Upon a Modern Time is an anthology of short romances I loosely based on fairy tales and Short Tales of Horror Part II.
I just finished a redo of Caterpillar wants to be a Cow and I’m waiting for my daughter, Charity Parkerson, to have the time to scan the new illustrations to create a new paperback for me. I was never completely satisfied with the first edition, but couldn’t figure out what it was lacking. Fortunately, one night out of the blue it hit me what I needed to do to make the story better. I rewrote the story and had my editor, Clive Johnson, check it for mistakes and flow. With the addition to the storyline I had to create 22 new illustrations. I can’t wait to see what the new book will look like.
I am certain you will join me in thanking Regina today for her time, and that we look forward to reading more of her works in the future. If you wish to contact Regina, she is available on:
– Regina’s books can be accessed by clicking on the book covers below: