Elvis and the Tropical Double Trouble hits the stands September 27th. It marks the fourth Southern Cousins Mystery and nearly 70 books in a career that spans twenty-six years. It also showcases my love for comedy and my quirky nature. (In case you haven’t heard, Elvis is a dog.)
My cozy series is lighthearted and fun to write, so different from my writing as Anna Michaels that my daughter remarked if she hadn’t known, she would never have guessed I wrote The Tender Mercy of Roses. (Bear with me, all this is leading somewhere.)
Always, interviewers want to know how books written under my pen name can be so wildly different from my Southern Cousins Mysteries – and even my early romances. My response is that I crawl into Anna’s skin, tap into a different creative stream, and fall into the story.
But it goes much deeper than that. Over the years, my loyal fans have written lovely letters and emails. They tell me how Elvis and the Memphis Mambo Murders made them laugh, how my newly released romance classic, A Prince for Jenny, made them cry. They tell me how they identified with the two women taking care of their feisty, ailing mother in Driving Me Crazy, how they identified with the women in Confessions of a Not-So-Dead Libido but weren’t going to admit it to a soul.
Fans come to the book stores where I sign, the conferences where I talk about writing, the readers’ luncheons and libraries where I tell them about all things Elvis. They share their lives – stories of their families, their pets, their favorite books. They send birthday cards and gifts – a watch with a dolphin on the face after I wrote Where Dolphins Go, a red scarf after I expressed my love for bright colors, a picture they’d snapped of the two of us smiling over a display of books.
Most of all, fans encourage me and give me feedback. They remain loyal, following me from genre to genre. And they forgive me, no matter what my mistakes.
It’s the fans who make it possible for me to write in three genres under two names. Knowing that they are waiting for the story, knowing that they deserve the best I can give, I pull out all the comedic stops in the Southern Cousins Mysteries, dig deep for the lyricism of my Anna books, and tap into a romantic soul for the love stories. And always, my stories are gifts to my fans.
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Note from Cindy: We are so thrilled to have Peggy (AND Anna) here today. And I love her stories about her fans. Have you ever given you favorite author a gift? If so, what was it? Even if it was a gift of praise (an e-mail telling him or her that you loved their books, a kind word at a book signing) it all counts so tell us about it. We authors are suckers for any kind of affection :o)