While Penny Zeller has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications.
Today, Penny is a multi-published, award-winning author of inspirational books and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency. Penny is a homeschool mom of two and actively devotes her time to coaching homeschool P.E. and teaching a variety of subjects at her local homeschool co-op. Her passion is to assist and nurture women and children into a closer relationship with Christ.
When Penny is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children while camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball.
Welcome to the blog, Penny! I’m so excited to have you here today.
Thank you, Savanna! It’s wonderful to be here.
What are you currently writing? Tell us about your story-in-progress. 🙂
I am currently working on a contemporary romance novel. I’ve written mostly historicals up until now, so it’s been an adventure taking my writing into the current century. 🙂
How fun! Historicals are my favorite, but I love mixing up my reading from time to time with a contemporary. Yours will definitely be on my list to read!
What do you hope your readers will take away from your last book?
Being a part of The Underground Railroad Brides Collection has been such an unforgettable experience. All of us authors have become so close due to our working together and have been such encouraging support systems for each other. As for the takeaway, I hope readers will learn some history from the book, as well as realizing anew the deep sacrifice and commitment of those who ran the Underground Railroad network. The faith of those involved was so strong and unyielding.
What a special line-up of authors. Love the cover too. Hope to read it soon!
What would you say is the easiest part about being a writer and what is the hardest part?
Ooh, that is a good question! I would say the easiest part is being able to create characters and personalities. That’s also my favorite part. 🙂 People-watching, researching for just the “right name” for the character, and piecing together a plot “on the fly” (I’m a pantster) seem to come easy to me. The hardest part is twofold. Editing being the first because it is such a never-ending process. The other hard part is patience. The publishing world moves very slowly, as there is so much that goes on behind the scenes, and sometimes it’s difficult to be patient while waiting for the final product. 🙂
I read online that you started out writing magazine articles. I also write freelance articles on the side. What were some of the things you wrote about?
I wrote on a variety of topics, including Christian growth, parenting, health, human interest stories, profiles, and articles for youth and teens.
What was the last book you read and what will you remember most about it?
I have recently read two fantastic books. One is High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin. What I remember most is how she created such an amazing love between the two main characters. The male character, especially, loved the female lead character so much that the love and commitment just bounced off the pages. Kate did a wonderful job. The other one was Heart of Gold by Robin Lee Hatcher. Robin’s historicals have long been among my favorites, and this book was no exception. I loved the characterization and strong faith element.
Both are such great authors. Thanks for sharing! Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?
I’m super excited to embark on writing contemporary romance novels. I also have a suspense novel in me just waiting to escape from my mind to paper. I can’t wait to see where God leads me in both endeavors.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog!
That’s wonderful, Penny. So glad you could visit with us today. Blessings on you and your stories!
Penny has graciously offered to give away a copy of The Underground Railroad Brides Collection to one lucky winner. Enter below and it could be YOU!
Thanks for entering! Contest is open to US residents only. Contest ends August 29, 2018. The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!