Buttercups make me smile. They are the first wildflower to pop their heads up on the hills around us in the spring. When their shiny yellow petals dot the hillside it means Spring is around the corner.
|Me glazing bowls I made for Empty Bowls program|
|A youth horned owl hiding under our porch from ravens|
|Rockaway Beach, Oregon|
Research. There are days I think I write just so I can research. ;) I love researching new things. As a student I brought my books home from school every night. Not because I had homework but because I wanted to read more, learn more. History and other cultures have always intrigued me. When I'm researching I'm happy. The new knowledge restores my need to know more. Two weeks ago, I spent 8 hours on a ride-along with an Oregon Fish and Wildlife state trooper to learn all I could about being a game warden. The main character in my next mystery series will be a game warden. The whole day I was smiling as I took notes and asked questions. And to top it off we saw elk and mountain sheep. So I was double smiling that day. LOL There isn't a book or YouTube video that can give you the answers that actually seeing or participating in something can give you. In person research is the best!
The last thing that makes me smile is when someone tells me they loved one of my books. I try to put out the best story I can and love to hear when someone else enjoys what I had fun writing.
What makes you smile?
Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 32 novels, 6 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
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