Writing for Two and Staying Sane...Sort of | Peggy Webb AKA Elaine Hussey
May 7, 2014
I could never have imagined when I started my career nearly 30 years ago that I
would someday be writing under two different names! Nor could I have imagined
that there would so much more to writing than putting the story on the page and
then sitting in bookstores signing books and meeting fans. While it's amazing
to be involved in today's tech-savvy writing world, it's sometimes daunting,
especially doing everything for two!
Though I started my career writing romance, I planned to be writing literary
fiction within five years. More than twenty years and fifty romances later,
literary fiction was still just a dream. Up to my ears in deadlines and romantic
comedies, I saw my idea of joining the ranks of Eudora Welty, William Faulkner
and Harper Lee fading.
When I finally stopped to take a breath, I segued from love to murder. I was
killing people right and left. In my Southern Cousins cozy mystery
series, of course! Still, the muse of literary fiction danced just beyond
my reach. Until one fine day I dusted off the almost-forgotten story of two
women crossing color lines to save a child, polished it up and sent it to my
wonderful agent, Stephanie Kip Rostan. Lo and behold, THE SWEETEST HALLELUJAH was
born! Even more amazing, reviewers compared me to Harper Lee, Flanner O'Conner,
Eudora Welty, and all the Southern literary greats I had studied and loved when
I was earning my Master of Arts degree at the University of Mississippi.
My webmaster and I got busy creating
another website, and I found myself
tweeting for two, sometimes Peggy Webb, sometimes my alter ego, Elaine Hussey.
Busier than I'd ever been, I started eating for two as well, but that's another
story! I guess when I grow bigger than my chair, I'll do something about that.
But, I digress! Here's the thing: this summer I have two really wonderful,
really amazing novels coming out under my two names. You'll have to forgive me
for gushing over my own work. That's just how much I love these two stories: THE OLEANDER SISTERS
(Elaine Hussey) where the Blake women discover how far they will go to save
someone they love; and THE
LANGUAGE OF SILENCE
(Peggy Webb) where a battered woman runs away to the
same circus that sheltered her tiger-taming grandmother!
If these two books were strawberry ice cream, I'd eat them with a giant spoon
and then lick the bowl! You can preorder both of them now, and I hope you will.
You'll find my heart and soul in these stories. You'll find my love for lyric
beauty and my quirky, sly sense of humor. But most of all, you'll find
characters you can fall in love with, root for and dream about long after you
finish the last page. Do visit both my websites, www.peggywebb.com and www.elainehussey.com
where you'll find excerpts, video chats about the books and much, much more.
Here's a link to the books page with the video chats.
If you have any questions about these two books, I'd love to chat with you.
Thanks for stopping by to visit me at Fresh Fiction!
"One lucky visitor to the blog today will receive a signed trade paperback copy
of THE SWEETEST HALLELUJAH!"
15 comments posted.
Re: Writing for Two and Staying Sane...Sort of | Peggy Webb AKA Elaine Hussey
I love Southern Fiction!
(Lisa Garrett 3:45pm May 7, 2014)
Your books all sound like amazing reads. I love covers. They're very unique and beautiful. I can't wait to read these.
(Linda Luinstra 7:16pm May 7, 2014)
Thanks, Lisa and Linda. I look forward to meeting many of my wonderful readers as I tour bookstores this summer with these two novels!
(Peggy Webb 9:33pm May 7, 2014)
What wonderful books! Love the covers. Thanks for sharing your writing experience.
(Bonnie Hometchko 10:08pm May 7, 2014)
Sound like incredible, compelling, deep reads. Congratulations on your success.
(Lisa Hutson 12:01pm May 8, 2014)
Could you please
post a link for the pre orders? The Oleander Sisters and Language of Silence.
(Lisa Hutson 12:04pm May 8, 2014)
Love your books! Another favorite is The Tender Mercy of Roses
written as Anna Michaels.
(Mary Chin 12:29pm May 8, 2014)
Love the south. Moved to TX two years ago from PA. Can't wait to read
(Michelle Schafer 1:13am May 8, 2014)
My Mother always loved Strawberry ice cream, and since she's
no longer with me, I would love to have a bowl!! These
books sound wonderful, and I have them on my TBR list!! I
am so glad that you decided to go under both pen names and
write under both genres, so that we get a taste of your
writing skills. These books should be a real treat to usher
in the Spring!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us
today, and have a very Happy Mother's Day!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:46am May 8, 2014)
Love the cover and the title!
(Denise Austin 3:26pm May 8, 2014)
Would love to read any of your books under either name
(Rachel Collings 3:31pm May 8, 2014)
Loved The Sweetest Hallelujah....can't wait to read your new release. P.S. I review on Goodreads.
(Susan Coster 5:54pm May 8, 2014)
The books sound great, especially the Southern Cousins series.
(Pam Howell 10:42am May 9, 2014)
Although I am from the north Eastern part of the country, I too, enjoy Southern fiction. These books both sound very entertaining,
(Ann Martinisi 12:26pm May 9, 2014)
I remember being attracted by the "Language of silence", so I think that a
book from the same author could actually be interesting~
(Valeria Beccari 3:39pm May 9, 2014)
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