Today I would like you to give a warm welcome to the fabulous, Irene Peterson!
Please tell us about your books.
Before being published, I had written 9 books. The first four…well, they were BC (before children) and very fantasy oriented. They are currently moldering in my cellar.
Glory Days, the first one to make it to publication, is based on an idea my uncle gave me…how he used to be sort of “wild” and would wake up in strange hotel rooms with strange women in the bed…. Given that idea for a character, I came up with the idea of this man finding out he possibly had fathered a child and how he would react to that. Then I tossed in plenty of Jersey attitude and Asbury Park and came up with the whole story.
Kisses to Go, came about after a trip to England in 2000. I’ve always loved the idea of England and its history and people, so when I actually got to see some of the country, my imagination took over. How would a Jersey girl who had just been dumped by her boyfriend handle a real live English earl? Especially one who disliked Americans. I put my heroine in a strange position, got her to go to all the places I had visited in the country and let things go crazy.
This book was written long before Glory Days, revised and finally made it to print.
Which of your characters is most like you?
Unfortunately, all the female characters are parts of me. I am born and bred in New Jersey. I talk Jersey, I think Jersey, I write Jersey. We’re a tough bunch, resourceful, a little mouthy, ready to try new things but attached to our homes…well, at least that’s how I feel. My ladies are all my alter-egos. They let me do things I couldn’t do on my own any more.
Which of your characters would you like to switch places with? For how long? What would you do?
I’d switch places with Abby Porter in a heartbeat! Marry an earl? Wow, that would be so cool. And, I’d get to live in a huge old house full of antiques. That would be heaven for me.
What is your favorite part of being a writer? Least favorite?
This may sound silly, but I like the idea of people appreciating my brain. Nothing pleases me more than having someone tell me they loved this part of the story or asking me how I came up with such and such. I also like signing books. I get a real kick out of that.
The least favorite thing? Worrying about the next book. Will I be able to sell it? Will readers like it? I worry a great deal.
Who has inspired you as a writer?
My sixth grade teacher told me I should be a writer. I’ve always loved writing, seeing my words and thoughts on paper…I used to write everything longhand and thought I’d never figure out how to use the computer, but now I can’t write longhand without my hand cramping…I’m just not used to it at all.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
Everybody has a story inside. Write every day. Write journals, blogs, just thoughts every day. Don’t stop. A real writer can’t stop because it is what they were meant to do.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Short, fat and blond
If you had a time capsule to be opened 50 years in the future, what would you put in it?
I think I’d make a list of all these things I thought might happen in the future, things like…a woman president…a colony on the moon…discovery of a cure for cancer…free Cuba…universal free education…things like that. I’d wonder if any of my guesses ever came true.
Is there anything you’d like to ask readers?
If I told you that dragons lived among us, would you believe it?
If I told you ghosts were real, would you believe that?
Thank you Irene for that great interview and for taking the time to be a part of the Blog Party!
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