Peggy Love

Poet, playwright, novelist. Pen Name "Tess Allen"  in Romance/Suspense genre.


Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?


I’d love to. I’m from the Midwest, majored in Liberal Arts, and am blessed to have (and have had) an exciting life full of “slashes”, i.e., artist/author/artist manager for musicians/small business owner/wife.


Describe your book ‘His Wife's Diary (Love Bites)’ in 30 words or less.


India Reinhart’s discovery of another woman’s diary sets in motion an emotional roller coaster that will bring hers and ex-superstar Langley Monza’s life on a heart stopping collision course.


What was the hardest part of writing your book?


It is a novella, so making sure the plot was fully developed and compelling within the confines of that format was challenging. The majority of my reviews thus far suggest I was able to achieve that goal, thank goodness.


What books have had the greatest influence on you?


Almost too many to try to isolate only one or two, but a novel I read many years ago, ‘The Chaneysville Incident’ by David Bradley, along with more recently Walter Mosley’s ‘The Man In The Basement’ influenced my desire as a writer to reach up in and over a reader’s emotions and leave them with both answered and unanswered questions long after the book ends, yet somehow still very satisfied with the experience.


Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?


One method is that I definitely believe in the principal of ‘paying it forward’ as a marketing method, but it is a very genuine ‘paying it forward’ endeavor. Writers whose works I admire and that I think are worthy of notice or praise I make a point of doing publicly. It is amazing how many reciprocate, as do their readers, when it comes to yours. But, I also utilize marketing tools offered by professionals that my small promotional budget can justify, the very best of those being thus far BookBuzzr!  For me, they have been like having one of the big four Hollywood management agencies at work for me. Honestly!


How do you spend your time when you are not writing?


I’m an artist so I spend as much time as I can carve out making art dolls, jewelry or other fiber art, but I also am a consultant/manager for a few Blues, Southern Soul and R&B artist so that keeps me extremely busy as well.


What are you working on next?


Not sure which project I’ll complete first, but there is another novella in the Love Bites series entitled ‘If Only I Had Known’ in the works and a full-length novel that will introduce my mystery character, Cari Pompey, as well.

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