One of Our Stars, Penny Ehrenkranz, Talks About Her Life and Work

Okay, I’m prejudice. Penny is not only a fine writer but also a first-rate editor. I should know, I’m lucky enough to have her edit my Alvarez Family Murder Mystery Series. Penny is knowledgeable, insightful, knows what I’m trying to say (only better), and just plain tops! I absolutely love working with an editor of her calibre. But enough waxing poetic and on to Penny’s writing, of which I personally know is crackerjack stuff, having read much of it. Below, Penny answers some questions and we get to know this talented woman a little better: 1. How old were you when you were first published? I was 47 when I had my first official byline in a magazine. I had certainly written for a lot longer and started when I was a child. Unfortunately, life got in the way and my writing was put on a back burner for more years than I would have liked. 2. When and how do you write? (typewriter, Mac, in a café, for four hours each morning, etc?) I generally use my PC when I’m writing because my office is quiet and away from the hubbub of the house. When it comes time to edit, though, I transfer my work to my laptop, which is a Mac, and go out to my garden or my favorite easy chair if the weather outside is too rainy or cold. 3. What is your greatest fear when you first turn in a manuscript? Isn’t it the same as everyone’s? I am going to be rejected and get back a nasty letter from the editor telling me I should find a new career.4. In what era do you wish you’d been born? I am actually quite happy having been born when I was (I’m 65 now), since I…

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