PEGGY LEA BAKER
Living in northern California, along with my sweet husband and staunch supporter, David, I’ve spent many years writing, beginning with a few rhyming stories for my five children. I also helped edit others’ work over the years, and simply played around with a number of story ideas for older audiences. But the idea of becoming a published author didn’t fully manifest itself until years later.
My first publication was Desperate Measures, published in 2008, available in hardcover and paperback through a vanity press. Although I was thrilled to see my book in print, sales were nearly non-existent (due to steep pricing determined by the publisher), that and the challenge of marketing was a monumental headache.
When I discovered e-publishing in 2011, I renamed my book to Desperate Rescue and republished it as an e-book with Smashwords.com. It was well-received by my test readers, to begin with, and has received thousands of downloads (from 28+ countries,) since publication. Desperate Rescue has morphed into a full-blown series, The Janet Feldman Series, with a newly edited version of Desperate Rescue, followed by three additional novels: Relentless Pursuit, Calculated Risk, and Conditional Trust. Watch for pre-order sales announcement.
Danger in the Woods followed, geared to a younger audience garnering downloads from enthusiastic younger readers. At some point, I’d like to write more novels for kids, following the adventures of Nick and Mancy James.
Now convinced e-publishing is the way of the future for aspiring authors, I was determined to continue publishing with Smashwords and added Unwitting Alliances, to my growing list of titles in September 2014. As with Desperate Rescue, Unwilling Alliances also expanded to the Hunter Blake Series, with the addition of Cunning Deception, Justified Betrayal, and a fourth, as yet untitled novel to complete this series.
I’m still writing and working on sequels to finish the series’ I’ve started, but that won’t be the end. Writing is pure passion and a great creative outlet for me. I’ll continue to write and publish for as long as possible if nothing else than to satisfy an exciting and personally satisfying adventure.