Over the next four to five weeks, I will share Q&A interviews with artists and writers participating in the Pendaries Art League 16th Annual Art Show to be held July 6 – 7, with an opening reception on July 5. There will be a robust body of work by talented creative spirits. Consider it Christmas shopping in July for a unique gift for yourself or someone special in your life. And you will be supporting the arts in the best possible way, by purchasing something created with love and dedication.
From Kayt’s website: Kayt C. Peck has been a professional writer for over 30 years while applying her skills in a variety of situations from serving as a journalist to being a public affairs officer in the US Naval Reserve to efforts as a highly successful grants expert who has raised over $30 million for nonprofit and non-governmental organizations both foreign and domestic. Read more…
In the Q&A below, Kayt responds to questions about her writing. In her day job, Flying Pigs Creative Services, she is committed to incubating dreams for nonprofit organizations via fundraising, program development, organizational and project evaluation, and skills training.
Q. What genre do you work in?
A. In novels I primarily write contemporary westerns and magical realism. Although I write for a lesbian press out of California (Sapphire Books), my novels are considered “crossovers” that appeal to a general audience. I also write plays, short-stories, and nonfiction articles.
Q. Why that genre?
A. Contemporary western because I love writing about the life I knew on the family ranch in the Texas Panhandle and even today living in the village of Rociada. Magical realism because it feeds my soul, and I pray it does the same for my readers. I think we all could benefit from being more aware of the unseen world.
Q. What inspires you
A. Life! I am amazed at the beautiful complexity of humanity and the world.
Q. What is your preferred work environment as a writer?
A. At my desk, a cat purring beside me as I write and the occasional glance out the window, especially if deer or turkeys happen to be crossing my property.
Q. Who do you most admire and in what ways were you influenced by the individual?
A. That’s a hard question — choosing only one. Maybe it would be the fictional character of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird or Idgy in Fried Green Tomatoes. There are so many people who have earned my respect and admiration. I admire courage, integrity, individuality, creativity, humor, open-mindedness, and I have been blessed with many people in my life who embody those traits.
Q. What do you most want visitors to the show to know about you as a writer?
A. That I write because I’m called to do so. I pray my words provide what the readers need as they make their own journey through life whether that be entertainment, inspiration, or a better understanding of what it’s like to build a five-wire fence.
Q. Other than this show, where can you work be purchased?
A. It’s available through Amazon, Sapphirebooks.com, at Tome on the Range in Las Vegas, NM, and through Barnes and Noble. Bella Books also sells my work.
Q. Is this your first year as a P.A.L. participant and what appeals to you about being in this show?
A. It’s especially gratifying to offer my books to friends and neighbors.
Q. What is your one-line invitation to the Pendaries Art League show?
A. Home is where the art is!
You are invited:
1 Lodge Rd, Rociada, NM
Pendaries Art League Show
Friday, July 5, 2019
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, July 6, 2019
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, July 7, 2019
10:00 am – 3:00 pm