Peggy Fieland’s Blog
I just want to thank Peggy for having me today on my blog tour for my children’s book, “The Giving Meadow.”
Just a little about me: I was born in Manchester, NH but live in Castaic, California with my husband, Brent, and two sons, Andrew and Joseph. I have fond memories of Manchester, but have made California my home. I earned a BS in political science from California Baptist University in 1995.
I have been writing since I was 5, first making homemade comic books. Now, I work on creating short stories and novels. I spent 11 years in the US Army and over 7 years in Germany. Writing is a passion that still challenges me. The Giving Meadow is my first book with 4RV Publishing.
Tell us a little about your book.
The Giving Meadow is my first children’s book, targeted for 3-7 year-olds. A caterpillar hatches from his egg in the middle of a meadow. As he travels along, he meets new friends who learn the value of sharing.
What would you like readers to take away from your book?
To understand the value of sharing and caring. Not only that, the transformation a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly is something little children can understand. Jesus goes through something similar when he rises from the dead.
I understand you also write romance novels. How did you like writing a picture book?
I thought it was fun and a nice change of pace. It’s been a treat to let myself expand as a writer this way.
How did you get started as a writer?
Oh, I think I was five. –grin-. It was the 1970’s and I loved a children’s show called “The Electric Company.” They would have a Spiderman skit on the show. It inspired me to write Spiderman comic books. I’ve been writing ever since.
What are your favorite books and how do you feel they influenced your voice as a writer of children’s books? As a writer of romance?
Growing up, I don’t remember many picture books. I remember “Are You There God, it’s me, Margaret,” and “Blubber” by Judy Blume. The voice was pure and honest and I try to bring that to my children’s writing. As I read books to my children, they enjoy Dr. Seuss and the Skippy John Jones books. Both involve rhyming and repetition which attracts them. It gets them interested and once you have that, you, as a parent, can build on the interest.
Victoria Holt and VC Andrews were known for gothic romance and those influences still linger, but I think I gravitate more toward Holt. Dark, mysteries, secrets and omega males appeal to me.
If you could be any character in any book, who would you be?
Hermoine Granger! She’s a real cool witch.
Do you have a set time and place you write?
When I find it! I usually do the bulk of my writing when I’m at work during down time.
How do you go about editing? Do you outline? Edit as you go?
I write a chapter then go back and edit for typos, spelling, grammar and consistency. My beta readers do the same. Yes, I outline story arcs, For me, arcs are like acts. I usually have 3 major arcs in my romance novels.
What are you working on right now?
A ‘steampunk’ romance called “Victorian Scoundrel.” Modern day royal Prince Edmund Windsor travels through time because he wants his great-grandfather, Prince Albert, to build a dirigible. It’s up to his cousin, Alice Windsor, Princess of York, to sabotage him.
Steampunk romance takes place during the Victorian age and involves near-futuristic elements, but there’s no electricity. Everything runs on steam. The movie, “Sherlock Holmes” with Robert Downey Jr. has a steampunk look and feel to it.
Very different from “The Giving Meadow,” n’est pas? Thanks for having me, Peggy.
“The Giving Meadow” is wonderfully illustrated by Stephen Macquignon. Stephen primarily works in the medium of pen and ink and color digitally. He has had the privilege to work with Director Michael Sporn of Michael Sporn Animation Inc. He is also a monthly contributor for Stories for Children’s magazine.
Stephen’s children’s books with 4RV Publishing include Angeline Jellybean by Crystalee Calderwood and Colors by Dana Warren.
“The First Flag of New Hampshire,” by Stephanie, will be released by 4RV Publishing next year. It is a TW/Young Adult story.
GOODIE TIME Leave a post here on the blog. I’ll pick two lucky winners to receive an autographed postcard of the cover. Winners will be drawn out of a hat, and I’ll return on 21 AUG to announce them.
Where to buy Steph’s book:
BARNES & NOBLE:
STEPHANIE ON THE WEB:
STEPHANIE ON AMAZON:
STEPHEN ON THE WEB:
STEPHEN ON AMAZON:
“Romance Under the Moonlight.”
THE GIVING MEADOW – JUNE 2010
THE HUNGARIAN – MAY 2010
Desert Breeze Publishing.