CAN Scavenger Hunt Stop #18
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Welcome to the CAN Scavenger Hunt Stop #18…

CAN Scavenger Hunt Stop #18

CAN Scavenger Hunt Stop #18

Your next CAN Scavenger Hunt Stop #19 is on my guest, PeggySue Wells’ blog…
PeggySue Wells, Christian Authors Network member

PeggySue Wells, Christian Authors Network member

Dear reader-friends, I’m excited to share one of my author friends from the Christian Authors Network with you for our CAN Scavenger Hunt adventure. First a little about her and then we’ll get right into the interview…

About PeggySue Wells: She’s an author, producer, and co-host of award-winning WBCL Mid-Morning, PeggySue Wells is the author of a couple dozen books including a couple bestsellers, an audio finalist, and several co-authored projects because she writes well with others. Writer, and news reporter (most misleading headline), as a single mom PeggySue freelanced while raising and schooling her seven favorite children.

Angela: Welcome, PeggySue Wells, I hear you’re the author of a couple dozen books. What’s the common theme of your work?

PeggySue: Reclaiming the Family is the message in all my books. Family relationships are God-designed to be the place where we connect and belong. The best gift we give children is a home that is synonymous with safe. In my book, Rediscovering Your Happily Ever After, I show how even a single-parent family can be a nurturing environment.

Angela: What’s your most recent book?

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Slavery in the Land of the Free

PeggySue: Slavery in the Land of the Free: A Student’s Guide to Human Trafficking is an informative and concise look at the rapidly growing child sex trade in the United States. The book gives the profiles of the three players in human trafficking – the victim, the trafficker, and the john. Driven by pornography-addicted johns, human trafficking is a supply and demand industry that targets children. We stopped slavery in the United States once before and we can do it again. Slavery in the Land of the Free tells you how.

I wrote Bonding With Your Child Through Boundaries – a timeless parenting book – with June Hunt. June is the foremost counselor of our generation. I was her practical sidekick as the mom with seven children, two horses, a dog, and a cat. If you have kids, you have pets. Just sayin’.

In the fiction category, I co-authored The Patent with Max Garwood. In the race for world dominance, the nation that develops a small-town inventor’s design will be militarily invincible. America’s enemies have stolen the patent and kidnapped the inventor. Geared for men, The Patent is written under a pen name since men typically don’t read books by women. I’m writing the sequel.

Angela: Did you see God open any doors with your books?

PeggySue: I am thrilled that The Slave Across the Street, the true story (Theresa’s story and my writing) about an upscale Detroit teen who was trafficked for two years, is a USA Today bestseller, a three-time Wall Street Journal bestseller, and an audio finalist that came in just behind Keith Richards’ memoir read by Johnny Depp. Not even kidding.

Also, an interview on award-winning WBCL’s Mid-Morning radio featuring Rediscovering Your Happily Ever After: Moving from Hopeless to Hopeful for the newly Divorced Mom resulted in an invitation to return quarterly to host a one-hour show encouraging single parents. Last year, the radio invited me to be their program’s producer and co-host. Who knew?!

Angela: How do people describe you and your books? (Friend-readers, you can click on any cover and check out each book’s details.)

PeggySue: Writing is a team sport and I’ve been in a close-knit writers group for almost two decades. We’ve polished each other’s writing, introduced each other to publishers, cheered for one another, and journeyed together through cancer (theirs), divorce (mine), heartbreak (ours), and celebrations (ours, too). My fellow wordsmiths describe me as “Eminently quotable, PeggySue Wells is a tonic — warm like your favorite blanket, bracing like a stiff drink.”

Angela: How can readers contact you?

PeggySue: To connect and for marketing (your key CAN Scavenger Hunt word), I have a website. At www.PeggySueWells.com, you can send me an email, as well as shop for books, the homeschool curriculum I created for my children, and sea glass jewelry that allows readers of my novel, Für Elise, to keep a piece of paradise with you. I’m also available on the Christian Authors Network at my featured author page.

 Your next CAN Scavenger Hunt Stop #19?
Click on PeggySue’s name to go to her blog.

Remember your word for the CAN Scavenger Hunt is: marketing.

 

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Muse: Well? Let's get to work!

Muse: Well? Let’s get to work!

By scheduling dreams and goals, I finished homework ahead of time and am ready for week 3 in my new college experience. That sense of being on top of my work feels good. But now comes the crunch. A new contract arrived last night! I’m writing Fanned Embers in the Second Chance Brides Collection for Barbour Publishing. My story is a novella about the 1910 Big Blow Up on the border of Montana and Idaho. Congratulations to my sister-authors in this collection 🙂 You’ll hear lots more as this collection comes to life in August of 2017!

“It’s about scheduling.”

I knew it was coming when I signed up for college classes and I’m excited about that opportunity. It’s not due until Jan. 10, 2017 and the plot plus a good section is already written. So with the goal of homework, my daughter’s wedding next month, judging books for Writers Digest, writing a novella project with a small indie group due end of next month, and a few other side projects… I’m working to ensure my schedule is well thought out each day. In fact, I know of some other contract work heading my way. So why the addition of college when the career is going well? It fits into my future dreams. It fits the desire I’ve had for years. It fits me. 

When people ask, “How do you fit it all in?”

My answer is, “I schedule it.” Lots of people do multiple job tasks and duties in their workday. But with a regular office job, someone else decides what those tasks are and when they’re due. Meetings, trainings, projects… duties vary. Lots of people work full time and go to school part time. Then they have hobbies, side projects, volunteerism, and house/yard improvements… It’s just life. When you think about how to fit your dreams and goals, the training or tasks to achieve them, into your day it isn’t about looking at the volume. It’s about creating a calendar and work flow you can live with. For me, it’s very busy. Yes. Very busy. But I love the life I have, the opportunities and the sense of interaction, provision, and connectedness of what I do. The difference between my job now and previous jobs I’ve had working for someone else is that I’m choosing what and when and how with more freedom than if I needed to meet job duty requirements for another company. But being my own boss still has regular job duties that have to be performed as in any other job.

My son recently asked, “Mom, do you ever get tired of writing?”

“Nope. I get tired, sure. But I love writing. I love my life.” And I’ll add here that since I couldn’t work toward my personal dreams and goals while I raised my children, there’s a burn in me that I have so much more to do to catch up to those dreams and goals. Dreams I didn’t dare speak out loud, elusive for so long I didn’t dare bring them to mind. One day those dreams emerged. My fingers took flight across a keyboard. The more I wrote, the more I needed to supplement my knowledge and talent. The more I learned, the more I soared in freedom to write and speak and teach.

Yes, I’m driven. But it’s not so much to succeed as it is to blossom into the me that God made me to be. To let those little DNA seeds God planted turn their faces into the sun while they grow tall and strong and vibrant. And sometimes those seed bloom into a moonflower, intoxicating my senses with the fragrance of story, characters, and settings I can’t leave abruptly. The stars twinkling through my office window and the moon adding romance to my journey, I write through the night until the story is spent… 

Are you driven?

Are you intentional about reaching your dreams and goals?

How are you scheduling the training and tasks of your dreams and goals into your daily life?

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Am I too old to go back to school? Lots of older adults wonder that question. I think the underlying question is: Will I have the time to use what I learn or will the expense be worth the short time I have left on earth? I’ve wondered those questions. Ultimately, deciding to go to college or take other education programs comes down to:
1) Do you want to learn and grow?
2) Will it enhance your life or the lives of your family?
3) Does it enhance your financial situation?
4) Do you just want to ‘cuz? 😉

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When is too old to go back to school?

I knew I wanted to get more education, but I couldn’t decide on the major—English, psychology, theology… I already teach writing, write books, teach lots of fun techie stuff, and even took some classes to see if I wanted to become an ordained pastor. But nothing quite fit…Nothing clicked inside, deep inside.

Until…I started doing some serious genealogy. I mean serious. Like sitting in the Pennsylvania State Library and State Archive searching records, scanning books for names and dates and…whew! Hard, hard sleuthing! And I LOVED every minute. If you know I live in Montana and flew to Pennsylvania to speak, but added on the extra 3 days to do all this research, then you also know paying hotel/food/etc. to do research had to be a passionate hobby, right?

A few weeks after coming home, I casually searched online for programs. I’m an empty-nester mom, right? I have a well established home with my home office. I travel all over the country (and sometimes other countries) to speak and research. So what in the world was I thinking? I let it be for a few more weeks. But I kept searching. And I kept getting frustrated with my lack of knowledge.

I ran into walls in my research that I couldn’t get past because of what I didn’t know or the slow progress because I needed to know more methodology, more and better ways to search. A mystery can’t be solved if the detective doesn’t have the tools. This little detective is going to get some better tools and skills. I registered to take online classes to become a genealogy expert 🙂 When I graduate, I’ll have an expertise in English Records, possibly Scottish and Irish as well with this little designation added to my name: PLCGS (Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies). The only problem is that I keep forgetting what those letters stands for when I tell people about it, lol! But it means I’ll be an expert—and that means I’ll know a little more than I do now so I can dig into those family mysteries!

Getting this kind of education is so much fun as it’s something I’ve been doing as a passionate hobby. Now the additional education adds to my ability to research for the novels I write and to solve those mysteries (when possible) for my own family searches too. One day I’m going to solve the mystery of my 4th and 5th times great grandfathers’. Where did they go? Why did they die? Why is there no found record of their deaths when we know they fought in the Revolutionary War? (And we know more, but we can’t prove through paperwork that they are the ancestors we believe them to be.) Some records were burned during battles, some men died of small pox (but no record of burial?) and some men died battling in pioneer/native skirmishes. Were any of these the cause? I so want to know!

I’m enrolled to start my first class in July to become a professional genealogy lecturer and expert. The majority of my education will be online and in materials. Attending part-time lets me continue with the books I’m contracted to write. I think this is going to enhance the future of my career. But I’m excited because I know it will enhance the kind of research I love to do. I might even be able to help others with it sooner than you think. And graduation? I can’t wait! It’s in Toronto 😀 I haven’t been there yet. 

If you could go back to school, what would you study???
Where would you choose to go?
Did you do what I did and wonder, “Why would I do this at my age?” or “Am I too old to go back to school?”

 

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