Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Welcome guest, author of To See the Sun, Peggy Blann Phifer

Angie here: Please welcome guest, author of To See the Sun, Peggy Blann Phifer to the Faith Girls site... We also have a fun blessing in that Peggy is giving away a book here! All you have to do is comment to be in the drawing. Let us know if you prefer an ebook or a paper copy. NOTE: Paperback copy only available in the lower US.
Take it away, Peggy...
Author Peggy Blann Phifer guests on
 How many writers, if any, have ever had a work in progress (WIP) for, oh, twenty years? When I go through my file drawer and see all the partial drafts, critiques, contest entries and subsequent losses . . . makes me wonder why I persisted. The easy answer is I’m stubborn. Tenacious. Hate to quit.  I’m with Prime Minister Winston Churchill: Nevah, nevah, nevah give up!
The deeper answer is . . . God wouldn’t let me give up. He had a lot to teach me, not to mention how much I had to learn. This book went through so many changes in title, characters, settings, that I’m really surprised it endured. Again, it turned out to be a God-thing.
They say “write what you know.” That’s good advice for the beginning writer, and I followed that mantra. As I look through past files and prints of manuscripts, some on a dot-matrix printer, I see how much I’ve grown as a writer. It’s really dramatic! But I learned through all those efforts. Through a number of location settings to numerous female lead characters names and personalities and title changes . . . my writing grew stronger, my voice solidified.
And now, I’m a published author! Stunning. Almost unbelievable. Yet I have a box of these finished books to tell me it’s all true. I had not given up . . . I hung in there.
Oh, I wanted to give up, even tried a time or two, but God said “No.” Sometimes He does that. And along with the “no” He said “Wait.” So I set it aside a time or two and worked on something else . . . a historical romantic suspense. This one grabbed me and I found the writing easier. Maybe because it took me back to my old stomping grounds, albeit a few years before I was born. It was fun writing and fun researching, but all the while my simmering manuscript kept calling and I’d get back on it.
This teeter-totter writing got to me finally, and the historical is now languishing in a file. But not forgotten.
One thing I learned along the way is that I am a Christian writer, not necessarily a Christian writer who writes “Christian.” No matter how hard I tried, it wasn’t working. Oh, it’s written from a Christian Worldview but you won’t find “in-your-face” religion. No Bible-thumping Scripture. But I’m hoping readers will feel my heart, and that my faith, grounded in God, shines through. THAT is what I hope will be their takeaway. 
 About the author:
Peggy Blann Phifer is an author and columnist, book reviewer and author interviewer, whose work has appeared on various Web sites and writer periodicals both in print and online. She is also an avid reader who loves to escape by diving between the covers of a good book. Peg enjoys handcrafts of all kinds and her home shows off some of her work, though most end up as gifts for friends and family. A retired executive assistant, Peg now makes her home in southern Nevada with husband of 25 years, Jim.
TO SEE THE SUN is her debut novel, released January 2012
Contact her at her website at:
Visit her blog “Whispers in Purple" at
How to buy To See the Sun:   Amazon Kindle  B&N (nook)

Pregnant and widowed hadn’t been part of her “happily ever after” dream. And now, someone was trying to kill her . . .
About the book:
Erin Macintyre never expected to be a widow and a new mother in the same year, anymore than she expected mysterious notes, threatening phone calls, and a strange homeless man who seems to know all about her. The thought of raising a child without a father is daunting enough—worse when you have no idea who might want to harm you. Put an old flame into the mix, and her life begins a tailspin into a world she never knew existed.
When P.I. Clay Buchanan, stumbles upon Erin at her husband's gravesite, he’s totally unprepared for her advanced pregnancy. Her venomous reaction at seeing him, however, was predictable. But Clay can’t let her distrust, or his guilt, get in the way—not when he has evidence that proves Erin’s life is in danger.
With few options left, Erin begrudgingly accepts Clay’s help . . . and it just might be her undoing.


  1. Hi Peg! Thanks for being on FAITH today! Your book sounds amazing! I will definitely have to pick up a copy. My interest in suspense is growing. I prefer to write Contemporary Romance and I have a Historical that is simmering but had to be put back in the drawer.

    While I'm reading your post, I'm thinking, God must have sent you as His messenger for me. I have been rewriting the same one for so long, but I know it's just not right yet. And, life takes over and sometimes writing has to take a backseat to keep me sane. Thanks so much for your advice and what you heard God tell you during your unpublished time. I think He's telling me to "Wait" and I'm trying to be restful in that ;)

  2. Peg---I LOVE purple too!! Just had to get that out there. Your website is beautiful. :)
    And yes, persistence pays off. I have a couple of books I've never finished. Maybe I never will, but maybe those ideas are still brewing inside of me.
    Your cover is beautiful and your book sounds great.
    Thanks for visiting the blog today.

  3. Thank you, Christy. If there's one thing I learned through this long, sometimes frustrating, journey, is that you just can't rush God. He has His own time-table and nothing will happen until His alarm goes off. :) Keep on keeping on. Blessings

  4. Oh, neat, another purple lover! :) Thanks.

    And thanks to Angie for inviting me to spend a little time with all of you.

  5. Love mysteries, especially with a P.I. involved. Single parenting isn't for "wimps." I admire women who stay the road.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  6. I'm delighted to share my friend, Peggy, with everyone today. She's worked hard and earned her spot as a published author :-)

  7. Your book sounds great Peggy! Congratulations!

  8. Glad to hear about your progression as a writer, Peggy, and your success! The book sounds like a good read.

    The purple/plum background is lovely. I am blessed to meet up with this blog and you girls!

  9. And we are blessed to have you, Janice. Waving at you, Eva.

  10. Hi, Eva and Janice. Thanks for your comments.
    I am blessed to have Angie as a friend and supporter. Thanks!

  11. Hi Peggy,

    Thanks for the interview. Loved reading about it and your book sounds fantastic. Definitely one to read. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.


  12. Peg, thanks so much for being with us today! And for sharing your story.

    The books sounds fantastic! And I agree, a great cover!

  13. Peg you're one up and coming author that I am excited to follow.

    God bless you!

  14. I'm learning little by little to know my writing friends in ACFW. Nice to hear about your personal writing journey.

    Jan Pierce

  15. Enjoyed reading your comments here. Nice how the different blogs highlight different facets of an author's character. And every time I read the story description, it only makes me want to read it more. LOL Sign me up!

  16. Jan and Melissa, we're so glad you dropped by!

  17. Peg, you so encourage me. So I'm not the only one with a shelf full of manuscript critiques and revisions! Maybe my own WIP will see the light of day, too. Ya think? Put my name in the hat if its not too late. Blessings,

  18. Not too late! I'll post the winner later tonight. Haven't picked yet :)

  19. Jo, you are the winner. Please let me know which form of the book you'd like, an ebook or a hard copy and I'll let Peggy know to send it.