*I met Penny at our local Sellersburg Writers’ Group, and it did not take long for the two of to us become friends. Penny’s new book, A Girl’s Guide to Time Travel, was recently published by Stardust Romance, (a Division of Hydra.) Please read her fascinating interview below:
How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
I was always enamored with books, even at an early age. I used to beg teachers at the end of the year for any teacher’s manuals they were going to throw out. I began writing lengthy pieces before I was sixteen. My first (unfinished) work started with a girl who went to horse camp and met a boy… and the trouble started after that! I’ve never stopped writing. I found writing was a safe haven, even if I was in a spot in life that was less than desirable. I always had my writing to whisk me away for reality.
Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)
Jim Butcher, Gail Carriger, Anne Rice, Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Tessa Dare, Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas, Jennifer Ashley
What are your greatest sources of inspiration?
Everyday life. When I go places, I can envision parts of my story taking place. Usually it involves murder or some sort of trouble, but that’s how it happens.
What genre(s) do you write?
I write paranormal adventures. There is always a love interest, but the main story line is usually trying to stay alive and figure out how to make the bad things stop.
Do you have any current or future projects?
I am currently working on a sequel to my Wizards of the Vatican book. I’ve created a world in which wizards help keep the paranormal mischief to a minimum.
Do you have an author website?
Yes, it is: Paranormally Weird.
Do you have any blogs?
Yes, my blog is actually within my website. I find it much easier to keep all my info within one area. Way less overwhelming that way.
Where can people find your work? (to purchase or just to read)
Currently available on Penny Pearson (paperback or eBook form), soon available at Barnes & Noble. I also have some events planned throughout the summer and will have paperback books with me available for sale.
If you could feature just one title, what would it be?
I have one work that is particularly dear to my heart. It’s out in print at the moment, but it’s titled, A Girl’s Guide to Purgatory. My best friend from work died suddenly as I was writing the story, and her spirit became imbedded in a character. I’m not sure if Kathy would be happy to find out she was a little dinosaur in the story, but I like to think she would be tickled pink! I love the story because it’s set in a world that is completely designed by my imagination. The love story is passionate and the danger is real.
Do you have any pseudonyms?
Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?
I have recently picked up the super neat hobby of model horse showing. I’ve found a person could spend more money on a model horse than on a real horse! (I’m trying to make sure that doesn’t happen. I don’t think my horses would like that very much. Or my husband.)
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I live in Southern Indiana with my husband, young daughter, two rescued dogs, two barn cats and two horses. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Equestrian Studies at the University of Findlay. I have a Master’s degree in Conflict Management.