Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Welcome, Deborah Panger

Welcome, Deborah, to From the Pages. I’m so glad to have you here with us today! My name is Anna, from the pages of Sarita’s Vineyard Mambo mystery. I’m a librarian and as soon as I heard you’ve got such wonderful reading taste I knew I had to meet you.

Your new release, Saje from The Wild Rose Press, sounds wonderful! I know we all want to hear more about it, and about you, so why don’t we get right to the questions?

Where do you write?

I write at home, in an office my husband and I call the ‘writing’ room. I love Bon Jovi, so I have my Jovi shrine on one side of me, and a book shelf on the other. I usually burn a candle while I’m writing. And my dog, Gizmo Killer, is at my side.

How long does it typically take you to finish a writing project?

It depends on what life is throwing my way at the time. Last year I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Stage IIIA. I wrote a lot of Saje while I was undergoing chemotherapy, so it was a very slow process. I only had a few days that I felt good enough to sit at the computer before my next treatment would start again, but I got through it. I’m blessed to say that I’m now cancer free.

I’m happy to hear you’re healthy again. Big congratulations on that!

Who is your favorite author? Favorite book?

Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon is my all-time favorite book. I also love J. R. Ward and Christine Feehan’s Dark series.

Can you tell us anything about what you’re working on now?

I’m in the middle of a short story about a fireman who is captured by a female firefae who started the fire he just extinguished.

The question most readers want to know but never get the chance to ask, do you ever write in your pajamas?

Yes. All the time.

What circumstances led you to writing?

I decided to write down a daydream that I had and got brave enough to show it to one of my coworkers. After reading it, she told me that I should write a book. I thought that maybe I could, so on a whim, I began writing my first novel. Punished Desire was born. It’s full of errors, and I had no idea how to write back then, but I still love and believe in the story.

Any advice for an author just starting out on the writer’s journey?

The number one advice that I can think of is to join a critique group or partnership. I wouldn’t have gotten to this point in my career without one. I’ve learned so much from my group.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

St. Augustine, Florida. I absolutely love it. My family and I have been there several times during the years, vacationing, browsing the shops, enjoying the beach or exploring the fort and lighthouse. The whole town is so beautifully historic. I have fond memories of our times there.

I’ve never been there but it sounds gorgeous. My husband, Tony, and I bought a house in Pensacola. I’ll have to check and see how far it is from St. Augustine. I sense a road trip coming up!

What’s your most comfortable outfit? Are you a jeans-and-sweatshirt kind of person or a dressier sort?

I’m a casual kind of girl. Jeans and shirts. Comfort is a friend of mine.

Do you collect anything?

Tinkerbell, Peter Pan and fairy figurines. Bon Jovi memorabilia,

Is there anything else you would like to share with us today?

Yes! Make sure you get your yearly mammograms and exams. Don’t put it off. I did. I thought I was too busy at work to take time off for such things. Boy, I was wrong and it almost killed me. Laugh, love and enjoy each new day, and God bless.

Deborah, that’s great advice. I know a lot of us think we’re too busy to take care of important things like mammograms but you’re right—that isn’t something to put off. I hope our readers take your advice and get their yearly exams.

Thank you so much for visiting today! I’ve loved getting to know you better. Feel free to come back again. I’d like to hear more about that fireman story you’re working on!

Readers, Deborah has offered a lovely bookmark as today’s giveaway. It is a silver colored and has a cross pendant hanging from it. One lucky winner will receive this nice gift. If you’d like to be considered for the random drawing, just leave a comment in the comments section. The winner will be drawn tomorrow and announced in tomorrow’s post. Check back to see if you’ve won!

A blurb from Saje:

What could be worse than waking up lonely on May Day? Finding a naked male stranger with wings in your house.

That is exactly what Amanda Birchfield discovers when she stumbles out of bed to make her morning coffee. After rousing from a faint, Amanda learns her intruder, Saje, is a trinket-hoarding, seed-spreading bastard of a Woodland Fairy. And he’s brought her a room full of May Day Baskets in hopes she'll trade a little pleasure.

Instead of fleeing for her life--or admitting herself to the local looney bin--Amanda is drawn to Saje’s scrumptious body and carefree spirit. But once the brief, but oh-so satisfying sexcapade atop her dining room table is over, he refuses to leave. How will she get rid of him. Or will she want to?


Dru said...

I'm glad that you're cancer free and your Saje has peeked my interest.

sharon said...

Lovely interview!