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Interview with author Peggy Edelheit

In the first author interview for 2017 on my blog, I have the great pleasure of welcoming Peggy Edelheit, author of the Samantha Jamison mystery series, and non-fiction memoir THE RIVIERA IS BURNING, to Marcia’s Book Talk.

Peggy Edelheit, author photograph

Peggy Edelheit, author photograph

Welcome, Peggy, it is lovely to have you here!

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Q: For how long have you been writing?

A:  Since the end of 2009 /2010

THE PUZZLE by Peggy Edelheit

THE PUZZLE by Peggy Edelheit

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Q: Have any life experiences inspired you to write your books?

A: All of my mysteries have some true life experiences weaved throughout them. I’m not admitting to which experiences or how many of them are…chuckle. I leave that to the imagination/enjoyment of the reader deciphering those mysteries.

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Q: Each writer works in different ways with reference to writing. Do you have a writing program/schedule that works for you?

A: I try to write everyday. I have a designated area where I work and can shut out any distractions. I surround myself with family photos and mementos that bring a smile and inspire me. I have a leather journal to jot down notes when a thought or idea hits me and I don’t want to forget it, regardless of where I am.

One thing I have always done is when I am in the heat of a scene; I often close my eyes to visualize it, taking note of minute details for realism. Of course, when some scenes have happened it comes naturally, as I recapture scenery, details, and dialogue that caught my eye and ear when it actually happened. I’ve also been known to swap dialogue to see how it plays out coming from another character.

If I’ve learned anything, it’s to keep my readers in the loop. I let them know exactly what Sam is thinking and seeing as the story unfolds. If I lose my reader, they may give up on me and not come back. I try to keep the reader engaged. And I try not to forget they are looking over my shoulder.

I have found readers like details that enrich a scene, not detract from it. Unnecessary filler is often used to stretch books. I find when I’m reading a book with fillers; I tend to brush past those pages to get to the meat of the story and action. So I try to avoid it, only adding what I think a reader needs to know, to understand the subject matter at hand and it doesn’t hinder the flow of the story.

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WITHOUT ANY WARNING by Peggy Edelheit

WITHOUT ANY WARNING by Peggy Edelheit

Q: Do you have any favorite book genres which you love to read?

A: I do read all genres and appreciate the varied storylines. There is so much talent out there; sometimes it is hard to pick which one to read. I’m a voracious reader and travel with my eBook reader. I can’t sit and do nothing, while I wait in line, travel, etc. But I continuously drift back to mysteries. I love trying to undo all the strings to figure out who the culprit is and always appreciate an author’s skill when they cleverly place clues in plain sight. I do that all the time in my mysteries. It is only when the reader gets to my surprise endings that they tell me they go back and realize my hints and innuendo leading them to the answers at the end.

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Q: Are there any favorite books and authors who have been influential upon you and your writing?

A: I would have to say there are so many talented authors out there that each one has taught me skills over the years through reading their books and appreciating their individual and unique styles. I don’t think I could pinpoint and single out one or two. Today the talent out there is mindboggling. When I see talent I will support that author if it helps them get recognized for their gifts in relating unique stories.

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THE RIVIERA IS BURNING by Peggy Edelheit

THE RIVIERA IS BURNING by Peggy Edelheit

Q: After reading your memoir of a family summer in the French Riviera, THE RIVIERA IS BURNING, which I found an utterly compelling page turner, will you be writing further non-fiction books of other notable experiences in your life?

A: I’ve been asked that a lot and am mulling that over. The reason I wrote that book was I wanted to put pen to paper before I forgot any relevant details by giving a firsthand account of what we went through as a family from my point of view only. My mysteries are told from Samantha’s viewpoint. I thought if told from that perspective the reader would experience what I was thinking and going through emotionally and physically at my doubts and indecision, not knowing how it would all end. To this day, I still have a fear of fire and what it can do.

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Q: Amongst your stories, is there one which is closest to your heart, and why?

A: I think they all are close to my heart, as they all have an element of truth to them. Each book takes place in a true-to-life setting where I have lived at one time or another and did experience a few of the incidents I relate in each book. Ex: that horrific ice storm in Book 1 The Puzzle; my becoming fascinated by the oddities of our gardens and property in France in Book 3, 86 Avenue du Goulet; the break-in in FL by a thieves chiseling out the window and throwing it into the pool to gain entry in Book 5, Mouth Of The Rat; my broken leg in Book 6, Death Knell In The Alps; my other broken leg in Book 8, The Lush Life, along with my rehab, which included my wheelchair and learning how to walk again; which led to Book 9, Too Close For Comfort, etc.

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MOUTH OF THE RAT by Peggy Edelheit

MOUTH OF THE RAT by Peggy Edelheit

Q: You have written a multi-part series in the Samantha Jamison detective novels and are currently in the tenth instalment. Will you be writing any other book series?

A: Although it is a series, I wrote each one as a standalone mystery, giving just enough background in each one (not to bore readers) as to who the characters are and how they are relevant to that mystery. Although I have had feedback from readers that they’ve enjoyed the series more when read in order. It is their choice. I’ve had people read them in the usual places: planes and trains, and even in their cars on the way to work, and standing in line at the bank reading on their iPhone. I try to make the chapters not too long so people can pick up and put down the mystery easily and not have to repeat reading chapters to recall who and what is going on. I am now writing #11 in the series.

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Q: You have mainly written in the detective/mystery genres. Would you like to write stories in any other genres?

A: I have toyed with that idea often, but then Samantha, my protagonist, whispers in my ear another idea for another mystery. Truthfully speaking, I think she has a vested interest in not losing her job as a sleuth. There is some of me in her. (Not saying how much) Maybe she’s my alter ego. But most of all, I have fun with it and embellish where necessary. (Quite often!)

NO HOPE IN NEW HOPE by Peggy Edelheit

NO HOPE IN NEW HOPE by Peggy Edelheit

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Q: Do you have any favorite TV shows, either from the past, or currently on the air?

A: What is out there today in original series: Cable, Netflix, Amazon, I am amazed at the intelligent writing and smart programming, it would be impossible to single out any one. I’m not trying to be evasive, it’s that the consumer has so much more to choose from as far as such varied choices in multiple genres. Good ones!

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Q: Are there any hobbies or pastimes you like to participate in when you have spare time?

A: I love cooking and have pots and pans hanging everywhere in my kitchen that overlooks my gardens (another love) as well as old clay pots filled with cooking utensils, flowers, family memorabilia placed everywhere. I do that on purpose so it calls out to me at the end of the day to create something or bake something to relax and unwind from my day. I set tables that encourage lively conversations and much lingering.

I once whipped up a dinner in an hour for 14 friends and family. I felt inspired and began calling everyone at the last minute.

I stared at my table while everything was cooking and prepared. Hmm… I then picked out (I refer to it as going shopping in my house) items as my theme. I quickly began collecting old leather books of odd sizes from my collection and began stacking them haphazardly along the center of my long table in the kitchen. Then put old candlesticks of various heights throughout. Than perched old photos, wire-rimmed glasses, an old pipe, a few cameos, and bookmarks I ‘ve collected from all over the world. Then I set the table, dimmed the lights just as my hubby cranked up the grill outside and the guests began arriving, stunned I had pulled off such a coup! Truth be told, I just love doing it. We all lingered for hours over dinner, wine, and then coffee, telling humorous family/friend stories.

It’s times like those that I absorb dialogue, the natural way people interact and talk, joke, and laugh. I am always listening for the cadence and trueness of language. People don’t speak grammatically correct either.

I was once given a mug that proudly sits on my desk in my office that says: Watch what you say, it may end up in my next novel. Trust me, it does!

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT by Peggy Edelheit

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT by Peggy Edelheit

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Q: Have you written any short stories, either unpublished, or aim to eventually publish?

A: I’ve written brief true stories I have on my website. If readers have read some of them and also my mysteries, they will find that a few of them have found their way into my mysteries. That is what I meant about keeping it real. People have asked where I get my ideas. Read some of those blog/posts and you will find out. I don’t live an ordinary life. I love every minute of it!

…Okay, okay, maybe some instances I’d just as soon forget.

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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, or ambidextrous.

A: Good question with unusual answers. I am left handed, but can cut with scissors only with my right hand. I can only throw a ball, play tennis with my right arm. I eat with my left hand. I don’t know what that says about me, but I can tell you I am real creative (mind wise) for getting into trouble both on paper and off.

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SAVING SINDIA by Peggy Edelheit

SAVING SINDIA by Peggy Edelheit

Q: Do you have any other writing projects, or new/upcoming releases, that you would like to mention to readers?

A: I am in the middle of #11 in the Samantha Jamison Mystery Series. This one had numerous delays. I refer to that as life interrupted, throughout this last year. As usual, it is an unusual mystery. I’ll leave it at that for now.

Thank you, Marcia.

I’m honored and appreciate you thinking of me for the interview. It was fun.

And to all those readers out there, remember to chase your dreams not someone else’s. Everyday is a blessing.

All the best, Peggy

It has been a sheer pleasure to have you on the blog Peggy.

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I am certain you will join me in thanking Peggy today for her time, and that we look forward to reading more of her works in the future. If you wish to contact Peggy, she is available on:

*Twitter

*Goodreads

*Amazon.com

*Peggy’s website

Preview of Books for 2017

I hope everyone’s been having a great 2017 so far, hard to believe another year has ended, and another started! In this post I will be offering a preview of some of my books for 2017, along with a cover reveal of my first release this year. Enjoy.

Marcia

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ALICIA DAY ( March 2017 release – flash fiction suspense horror)

Naïve Alicia marries the man of her dreams, and high school sweetheart, Armand Day, but their marriage is filled with nothing but negative experiences and horror, until one day Alicia makes a life-changing decision which will stay with her as long as she lives.

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ALICIA DAY

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CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE (comedy-romance novelette – release date to be announced)

Margaret ‘Molly’ Hastings is a fan of TV personality Charlie Castle, following his life religiously, to the amusement of roommate Gina. A competition is held where the winner wins an evening with Charlie which Molly refuses to participate in, but she does a dummy recording with Gina. Molly believes Charlie would never give her the light of day, but Gina has other ideas. When Gina sends the recording into the competition, Molly is furious with her, and things become even more heated when Molly turns out to be one of the two finalists. When Molly sees the other contender her heart sinks, as the girl is tall, blond and beautiful, unlike herself, being short and ordinary looking. The other girl’s insults become too much for Molly, and she runs away from the contest, to Charlie’s disillusionment. Will Charlie follow her, or choose the other contestant instead of Molly, her dream shattered forever?

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GRAYSON’S DILEMMA (romance novelette – release date to be announced)

One day when visiting the pier with his daughter Mara, Grayson March encounters a young woman, Jenna Mayer, who saves Mara after she falls into the water. Touched by Jenna’s concern for Mara, Grayson invites Jenna to stay in his guest house at the rear of his lakefront property, to the discomfort of his mother-in-law Evelyn. Mara warms to Jenna as she seeks a mother figure as Grayson’s wife died at childbrith, leaving Grayson a widower. Jenna’s life is shrouded in mystery, and this causes Grayson angst, as she refuses to discuss this in any way. Is Jenna a real threat to the March family’s happiness that will bring them nothing but heartache?

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Check out my guest post on author Jan Romes’ blog

I was graciously invited recently by author Jan Romes to guest post on Jan’s blog about writing a sequel to my 2014 short story MAN ON A MOTORBIKE, SILAS SAVAGE. Click to link to the post which I hope you find interesting here

Jan Romes, author photograph

Jan Romes

Also be sure to check out Jan’s great range of books which are all on Amazon on this page: Jan’s Books

Wishes for a Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year for 2017

I hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas, with best wishes for the New Year ahead, 2017. See you in the New Year 2017 for more books, and an insight into the authors behind them.

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Christmas ornament (Image Credit: cheriedurban at morguefile.com)

 

 

 

 

New Release: SILAS SAVAGE is now available

SILAS SAVAGE

SILAS SAVAGE

MAN ON A MOTORBIKE

MAN ON A MOTORBIKE

Short story romance novelette SILAS SAVAGE, the second and final part in the Linda’s Heartbreak series after MAN ON A MOTORBIKE, is now available to readers. It can be found on the following sites:

Smashwords

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

I-Tunes

Kobo

Scribd

Overdrive

Indigo

Start December with a mystery: purchase MAXWELL SLADE HAS VANISHED and receive PATRICIA’S HOLIDAY AFFAIR #FREE

Start off your December with a mystery: purchase MAXWELL SLADE HAS VANISHED on Amazon or Smashwords, and receive PATRICIA’S HOLIDAY AFFAIR for FREE on Amazon and Smashwords. Offer is valid on both Amazon and Smashwords from today, Wednesday 30 November 2016 until Sunday, 4 December 2016.

MAXWELL SLADE HAS VANISHED

MAXWELL SLADE HAS VANISHED

PATRICIA'S HOLIDAY AFFAIR

PATRICIA’S HOLIDAY AFFAIR

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BLACK FRIDAY BOOK OFFER: Buy one of my books, receive one of equal value #FREE

For the Black Friday weekend from 25th November to 27 November 2016, I am offering on Smashwords a special offer on my collection of books; buy one of my books, and receive one of equal value for FREE. Choose from a range of over twenty stories including romance, paranormal, crime, young adult, humor and comedy, mystery, and Christmas themes. Here is how it works; for example:

MAXWELL SLADE HAS VANISHED

MAXWELL SLADE HAS VANISHED

*If you buy any 0.99c book, I will gift you another book of your choice for 0.99c.

HEARTBREAKER

HEARTBREAKER

*If any 1.99 book is purchased, you receive another 1.99 book, or two 0.99c books of your choice.

THE GREAT HIGH SCHOOL LOVE GAME

THE GREAT HIGH SCHOOL LOVE GAME

*If you buy my 2.99 book then you receive any 3 x 0.99c books, or any 1.99 and any 0.99c book of your choice.

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**ADAM, MY GUARDIAN ANGEL and LOOKING BACK are not included in the offer.

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