Hello friends and guess what? We have a guest today. Please welcome Pegg Thomas! She’s a story teller, shepherdess, spinner, and if that’s not enough she’s gifted in needlecrafting. I just started reading In Sheep’s Clothing (anything to do with sheep is my favorite) and I’m excited to read more of her books.
I’m so pleased she agreed to visit us today. Say, “hi” and drop any questions you have in the comments.
Thank you for having me on your blog today, Dalyn. It’s always fun to meet people who enjoy some of the same creative outlets that I do. And a fellow shepherd to boot!
A bit about me for your readers:
I grew up in the country, although not on a farm. Although both of my grandfathers were farmers in their younger years, they had moved on to other things before I was born. My great-grandmother, however, still had the family farm, and I loved visiting her. I remember the smells of the lower portion of her German-style barn with the cows inside. And her yard was filled—quite literally filled—with every sort of chicken, duck, and goose imaginable. Wonderful memories.
Growing up, I was very active in my 4-H club and learned to knit at age 9. I also raised and showed rabbits and through that met a woman at a rabbit show who had a spinning wheel and was spinning the angora from her angora rabbits. Oh, yeah. I was hooked. I saved every penny I could find and bought my own spinning wheel when I was 16. I moved from angora rabbits to Border Leicester sheep and have been raising them for 27 years. I’m on my 3rd modern production spinning wheel, having worn out my original and the one that followed. I also own two antique wheels, including the Revolutionary War-era great wheel in the header above.
I started writing with the empty nest hit. My heart was to write stories set in Colonial America. But there was a problem. Publishers weren’t looking for stories set in that era. My era was—and largely still is—out of literary fashion. And they didn’t want pure historical, they wanted romance. So, when I was offered the opportunity to write a Civil War-era novella around the theme of the Pony Express, I jumped on it. That was the first of 5 novellas I have written for Barbour Publishing’s historical romance collections. And 3 of the 5 are set in Colonial America. I was able to pull my first love back out, dust it off, and write where my heart was.
My latest story is Worth Fighting For, part of The Blacksmith Brides. It’s set in Philadelphia just prior to the Revolutionary War. Blacksmith Alexander Ogilvie feels the call of the wilds of Kentucky, but will the feisty daughter of a family of Patriots join him there?
Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. They raise sheep and chickens, plus keep a few barn cats and Murphy the spoiled rotten dog. Pegg is published in five Barbour historical romance collections, won the 2019 FHL Reader’s Choice Award, was a double-finalist for the 2019 ACFW Carol Award for novellas, and a finalist for the 2019 ACFW Editor of the Year. Pegg also works as the managing editor of Smitten Historical Romance, an imprint LPC with Iron Stream Media. When not working or writing, Pegg can be found in her barn, her garden, her kitchen, or sitting at her spinning wheel creating yarn to turn into her signature wool shawls. https://PeggThomas.com