Who doesn’t love a good ol’ Western? Today I welcome contemporary romance (with a flair for the Western!) writer Paty Jager to the Friday Fast 5.
Who do you credit with being your biggest influence as a writer?
This is a tough one. First I would have to say my husband. He has always been a cheerleader to my dream of being a published author. When I was tinkering with writing before getting serious he discovered I am happiest when I am writing. The next biggest influence would have been my High School English teacher, Mrs. Forrester. When she read my short story on Joan of Arc burning at the stake to the class and not a sound could be heard when she finished… that was when I truly discovered my words could affect others.
Do you cast people to play the characters in your stories?
I do use bits and pieces of people I know or have seen and put them into my characters in my books. When my daughter was in school, I went to all her volleyball games and tournaments. At one tournament there was a girl with a nasty disposition but her face and hair were so striking I put them on the heroine I was writing at the time and gave her a disposition fitting a heroine. 😉
What is on the top of your to be read pile?
Victorian San Francisco Mysteries by M. Louisa Locke
Coffee or tea?
Tea, but especially green tea.
What time of day is your best writing time? Up early with the birds or wake up in the middle of the night with an inspiration and have to go write it down?
I like to write in the morning but not up with the birds. I generally do online promotion and catch up with emails first then I start writing and stay with it until noon. When we aren’t building a house(which we are in the middle of right now) I then write another three-four hours in the afternoon. Right now I’m painting, staining, and tiling in the afternoons.
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Christmas Eve Promise
Sheriff Jubal Denton promises Suzie Harper they’ll marry Christmas Eve. Two weeks before Christmas a breakout at the Willow Bend jail sends Jubal across the state in an attempt to capture the outlaw. Christmas Eve arrives. Other members of the posse have returned, but where is Jubal?
New Year’s Kiss
Edda Rae Bartlett is pacing back and forth on New Year’s Eve waiting for her beau, Cort Haywood. He said he had something important to tell her before the end of the year. And there are only a few hours left to this year. Her best friend arrives, dragging her to a party and into a game her friend learned while traveling. Edda Rae likes the fact she is elbow to elbow with Cort, but soon learns everyone in the room knows something about the game but her.
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A Bit More About Paty Jager
Award-winning author Paty Jager and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. On her road to publication she wrote freelance articles for two local newspapers and enjoyed her job with the County Extension service as a 4-H Program Assistant. Raising hay and cattle, riding horses, and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her penchant for research takes her on side trips that eventually turn into yet another story.
You can learn more about Paty at her blog; Writing into the Sunset her website; http://www.patyjager.net or on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/#!/paty.jager , Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1005334.Paty_Jager and twitter; @patyjag.