The Over 50 Writer

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
Thursday, March 19, 2015 by Patti Shene

 

I’M SO EXCITED TO WELCOME AUTHOR PEGGY BLANN PHIFER. PEGGY SHARES THE TWISTS AND TURNS THAT FINALLY LED HER TO HER WRITING DESK IN NORTHERN WISCONSIN

 

Unlike many, I didn’t always want to be a writer. Oh, I loved making up stories with my cousins, but it was all verbal, often outrageous and fun. But I wanted to work in an office, be a secretary. So, in high school, I took all the classes geared for that goal. Bookkeeping, typing, shorthand, and Dictaphone. I could picture my future career…me, all dressed up, in high heels, taking a bus, or subway, or commuter train to and from work, having lunch with ‘the girls’ and generally having the time of my life.

I graduated with an Award-winning 125 cwpm (correct words per minute) in typing. I still have the pin to prove it. I got my first job within weeks after graduating at a food distribution warehouse on Milwaukee’s east side along Lake Michigan where I could see the shipping boats coming in and leaving. I was living my dream, right down to the high heels and commute.

Then came marriage and a baby carriage, followed by a move out of the city to the boonies of northwestern Wisconsin, and my dream career vanished.

I’ve always been an avid reader of fiction and spent too much of my grocery budget on mass-market paperbacks. Yes, I had to fee my family, but I also had to feed my reading habit. Fortunately we lived on an 80-acre farm, raised beef and milk cows, chickens, and planted a large garden every year, along with the usual assortment of dogs and cats.

Fast forward to 1980 and a divorce I didn’t want, followed by my relocation to Las Vegas, Nevada. There I recaptured my dream career, and gained a new husband. That was when my childhood storytelling started to haunt me. I fiddled around with putting words to paper. I bought a correspondence course through the Institute of Children’s Literature and quickly found out that though I knew I had the talent,  writing for children wasn’t for me. But I knew also, as I approached my 50th birthday that I did want to become a writer.

Plagued by the usual starts, and fails, I didn’t see my first book published until January 2012. Then, in 2014, now back in northern Wisconsin, I received contracts for three short stories. That fall I received a new contract from a different publisher, for a Christmas novella which was released in November 2012. I have just this month (March 2015) signed another new contract for a multi-volume series of my own to be released in a series of short-stories over the next few months. Very exciting.

Why God had me wait until I was in my 70’s for all this to happen, I’ll never understand. But I am so grateful to Him for giving me these past few years to follow His calling.

Peggy Blann Phifer retired from an executive assistant position after twenty-one years in the Electrical Wholesale industry. She came to writing later in life when a prayer she wrote appeared in a two-volume Guideposts Book compilation, 'Prayers for Every Need,' in 2000. She self-published her debut novel, 'To See the Sun,' which released in January 2012. Her writing has appeared in three anthologies in 2014 with Helping Hands Press, with a fourth coming up. A novel she just completed, 'Somehow, Christmas Will Come,' released in November 2014, from Elk Lake Publishing.


Widowed in October 2012, Peg now makes her home in northern Wisconsin in a home she bought together with her daughter and son-in-law. The three of them share the house with one dog, and one grand-dog.

 Find Peg’s book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Comments

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 3/26/2015 10:15:44 AM

Thank you so much for stopping by, Paula. Peg has been a good friend of mine for a number of years. She even traveled clear across the city of Las Vegas to have lunch with me when we were there (and she was living there) a few years ago. She has always been an inspiration to me.

Paula From S/E CO At 3/26/2015 9:58:47 AM

I enjoyed reading your bio. Especially appreciate what you said about not understanding why you were into your 70's before writing. Struck a cord for me. I may well be into my 70's before I write, so thanks for reminding me, time is irrelevant when trusting the Lord to lead you.

Peg Phifer From NW Wisconsin At 3/21/2015 8:04:08 PM

PS: I meant to add that I reached that cwpm on a manual typewriter. Mr. Itis' invasion of my hands/fingers has impacted my accuracy more than my speed. But what good is a high ""wpm"" when you're ""c"" has slipped? LOL

Peg Phifer From NW Wisconsin At 3/21/2015 7:51:56 PM

Thank you so much, Gail, for visiting and reading my 'life story' :) Incidentally, I've had to crop the 'c' from my wpm, too. That mean, old, Arthur Itis has impeded my speed And Pat, your comments bless me once again.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 3/21/2015 5:06:51 PM

I had a decent wmp as well, but add the ""c"" and not so good! LOL! Gail, when I start to feel over the hill in the writing world, I remember Peg and am encouraged that God can still use me. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Gail Kittleson From Iowa At 3/21/2015 4:46:04 PM

Boy Peg and Patti, I really enjoyed hearing that old acronym cwpm!! I think I had a wpm, but maybe not so much a cwpm. lol And your story of writing from the back end of life (so to say), and finding success is so encouraging, Peg. Bless you! Gail Kittleson

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 3/19/2015 3:39:49 PM

Always glad to have you, my friend. Love and admire you!

Peg Phifer From NW Wisconsin At 3/19/2015 12:54:20 PM

Hi, Pat, Thank you so much for hosting me on your Over 50 Writer blog. You're right...losts of twists and turns in my life. Much like the plot of a good novel, eh? Truth can be stranger than fiction, as the saying goes. Hugs and Blessings, dear friend. Love you!

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Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley
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WELCOME WRITER DELORES LIESNER
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The Heartbeat of the Novel by James R. Callan
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Don't Let Bible Contradictions Rob Your Faith
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Welcome Author Lilliann Duncan
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Confessions of a Reluctant Reader
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Review of Congo Dawn by Jeanette Windle
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Welcome Author JoAnn Durgin
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Welcome Award-Winning Author Susan Page Davis
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Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks
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Introducing Jeanette Windle and Congo Dawn
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Author Carole Johnson on Perseverance
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The Value of Social Media
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A Glimpse Into the Future
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Welcome Author Jo Huddleston
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Give Some Holiday Hope for Just $3.99
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Great Christmas books from Lena Nelson Dooley
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Welcome to Author Jude Urbanski
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A Writers Journey Part IV
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Interview with Author Kelly Irvin
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Whose prophecy do you believe?
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Welcome Author Michal J. Webb
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Meet Author Sharon Shrock and the Women of Valley
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Welcome Author Lillian Duncan
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