Guest Author Interview – Penny Warner – A Writer’s Path

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A Writer’s Path on A Writer’s Day

The title is one that I hope will spark some constructive discussion among writers. Yes, it’s A Writer’s Day on the Cheryl Holloway Blog. We will share writing tips, information and advice for writers.

Penny Warner, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Penny Warner. She is an American mystery writer, who has written more than 60+ books in a variety of genres and she has won multiple awards. She also writes under the pseudonym Penny Pike. Welcome to my blog, Penny. Below are some books by Penny Warner.


CH: It is not often that I meet a successful writer who has written numerous books over decades and who has been traditionally published and self-published. So, let’s ask her some important questions about writing—information for the new and seasoned writer.

CH: Penny, what do you attribute your long-term success to as a writer?

PW: Perseverance! I just keep at it and don’t give up.

CH: You write on a variety of subjects ranging from cooking to parenting guides to party and activity books. In addition to the Connor Westphal mystery series and the Code Buster Club series, you write books on all subjects for children and adults. So, do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

PW: A combination – I want to be fresh, but writing mysteries has a traditional formula that readers expect.

CH: Do you want each book to stand on its’ own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

PW: Each series stands on its own, but I have a certain style/ sense of humor that connects the books.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

PW: I hope my books are informative, as well as entertaining. I try to include interesting topics but not bore the reader.

CH: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

PW: Tons! But I keep them handy, just in case…

CH: What does literary success look like to you?

PW: Having readers read your work and letting you know they enjoyed it.

CH: How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?

PW: I’m still part-time. I need to work outside of writing to stay topical.

CH: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

PW: I used to read them, but I realized I couldn’t please everyone.

CH: What was your hardest scene ever to write?

PW: I can’t write sex scenes so I’ve given up. I need to do more research… 😉

CH: How do you select the names of your characters?

PW: I try to make them related to the character’s background, and make sure it’s age appropriate.

CH: How long on average does it take you to write a book?

PW: Six months for an adult mystery, three months for a kid mystery, like The Code Busters Club.

CH: What advice do you have on the best way to market your books for new writers?

PW: Attend conferences, do blog tours, host book signings, talk at women’s groups, and speak at schools for kid’s books.
CH: What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

PW: Wow—certainly not chocolate, lattes, or wine…what’s left?

CH: You’re in a writing group, how has this helped your writing? Was there inspiration from the writer’s group?

PW: I have a great group, all published writers but one. They give honest feedback without hurting my feelings!

CH: Can you tell my audience where your books are sold?

PW: Amazon and bookstores.

CH: How to Find Penny Warner:

CH: Any closing remarks?

PW: Great questions! Lots of fun! Thanks so much, Cheryl!

CH: Thank you so much, Penny Warner, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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