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Bio: Penny Zeller is the author of several books and numerous magazine articles in national and regional publications. She is also the author of the humor blog “A Day in the Life of a Wife, Mom, and Author” ( She is an active volunteer in her community, serving as a women’s Bible study small-group leader and co-organizing a women’s prayer group. Penny devotes her time to assisting and nurturing women and children into a closer relationship with Christ.  Her passion is to use the gift of the written word that God has given her to glorify Him and to benefit His kingdom. Kaydie follows McKenzie in Montana Skies, her first series with Whitaker House. When she’s not writing, Penny enjoys spending time with her family and camping, hiking, canoeing, and playing volleyball. She and her husband, Lon, reside in Wyoming with their two children. Penny loves to hear from her readers at her Website,

Thank you for having me as a guest on your blog, Nora. It is great to be here!

Your most recent release is a historical fiction romance, titled Kaydie. Do you write novels exclusively?

No, I have also written two nonfiction books and a children’s picture book. However, historical romance is my favorite genre to write. J

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 

Prioritizing! I think this is one of the biggest challenges of being a writer, especially since I work from home. I have posted my writing hours on my office door, not so much for visitors, but for myself.  It reminds me that if I don’t set time aside for my writing, it will be spent doing a host of other “necessary” things.
I have to be deliberate about putting aside time for my writing.  I work while my children are in school and then quit for the day when they come home.  My husband and my children are my main ministry, so they are the most important. I also do a lot of volunteer work. In order to keep my priorities in perspective, which is critical, I spend a lot of time in prayer seeking God’s guidance in using my time wisely.  

Kaydie was released just this month and is Book 2 in your Montana Skies Series. Can you please give us a brief synopsis? I am thrilled about the release of Kaydie. A short synopsis is as follows:

Since the death of her abusive husband, Kaydie Kraemer’s life has been easier, but she’s wary of men and builds a wall of protection around her, staying with her sister McKenzie as she awaits the birth of her baby. Haunted by her painful marriage, Kaydie is determined never to fall in love again, and it will take the grace of God to change her mind—the same grace that works in the heart of ranch hand Jonah Dickenson, a confirmed bachelor who has unhealed wounds of his own to overcome.

Cindy Sproles produced a fantastic book trailer for Kaydie, which can be viewed at 

You love to dot your novels with humor. Lucille, one of the secondary characters in the book, brings several laughs throughout the chapters. Tell us a little about her. 

I absolutely love writing about Lucille Granger! Her character remains in all three books in the series and she lends so much humor. She owns the Granger Mercantile with her husband, Fred. She is the town busybody and tends to be a gossip, but she has a good heart. Her main goal in life is to arrange marriages for the eligible bachelors of Pine Haven, beginning with Zach in the first book. She started her business, Lucille’s Love Connections, and carries on the tradition with Jonah in the second book and Nate in the third.

(Nora :Hey, my husband's name is Fred too!!Good name!)

Speaking of humor, what is something funny or absentminded that you did lately (that you’d care to admit!) 

Just recently I sent an email to myself on accident. I didn’t realize that and wondered why the person I thought I had sent it to hadn’t responded. After several days, I checked my “sent” box and sure enough, I’d sent it to myself! I told a friend of mine and she mentioned that that was nothing to worry about, as long as I didn’t reply to myself! J

What TV shows/movies did you love to watch as a child?

I loved The Cosby Show and Magnum P.I. (When I was about 12, I had a crush on Tom Selleck. J)  As for movies, my mom would make us all-you-can-eat nachos on Sunday afternoons and our entire family would sit and watch the Five Mile Creek movies. Such fond memories!

Who are some women in history that you greatly admire?

I greatly admire Esther from the Bible and Helen Keller.

Speaking of people in the Bible, if you could meet one person from the bible, who would it be? (besides Jesus, of course) 

Wow, I don’t think I could narrow it down to just one person! There are so many amazing people in the Bible. I would have to say there would be a three-way tie between Esther, Daniel, and John the Baptist. All exhibited such courage in the face of adversity, and I love how God brought them through that adversity. What testimonies and what inspirations to us all!

Where can readers purchase a copy of Kaydie? 

Kaydie is available everywhere books are sold, including Amazon at 

What’s up next for your readers?

I recently finished the third and final book in the series, Hailee, which is scheduled for release in September. I'm also working on a second historical romance series that takes place in the Post-Civil War Era. I recently finished book one in the series and have started writing book two.

We look forward to the opportunity afforded us to possibly win a copy of your new book. If you were to meet a reader or fan face to face, what might you chat about?

When I meet a reader or fan face to face, I love to chat with her about what she envisions herself doing for God’s Kingdom and how can I pray and encourage her in that pursuit. If she is pursuing her dream as a writer, I tell her that one of the most important things to remember in being a writer is that if God has called her to do it, He will guide her every step of the way. In November of 2000, I gave my writing to the Lord. I quit my fulltime job with a social services governmental agency so I could stay home with my infant daughter. That was the start of my career, beginning with writing magazine articles. I would advise her to give her writing to the Lord and to not give up! I speak from experience when I say that when He closes one door, He opens another (much better) one.

Where can fans find you on the internet? 

I love to connect with my readers at my website 
on Twitter at  and

Parting comments? 

I would like to again thank you, Nora, for having me here, and also thank my readers for their support and encouragement. I couldn’t do it without you! Secondly, I would like to let everyone know that from April 1 – May 15 is my official blog tour for Kaydie. I will have all the details (including a chance to win Hailee, the third book in the series) on my FB author page, so be sure to stop by!

THANKS for stopping by Penny. It's great to get to know you and your books!!

Blessings to you on your writing journey!!


Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network 

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  1. Enjoyed the interview Nora & Penny! Books sound great! Sign me up for the drawing.

    Gail Mundy

  2. I would love to win this book! I don't see any other comments so I wonder if I'm in the right place to enter for Kaydie!

  3. please include me in the drawing thanks

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  4. Hello Gail~

    Thank you for stopping by! I think Nora does a fantastic job with her blog and I am so honored to be her guest.

    Have a wonderful weekend,

    Penny Zeller

  5. Hi Diana~

    Yeppers, you're in the right place and it's great to see you here!

    I hope your weekend is off to a grat start.

    Penny Zeller

  6. Hello Apple Blossom~

    Thank you for stopping by Nora's blog and leaving a comment for a chance to win a copy of Kaydie. :)

    Penny Zeller

  7. I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  8. Great interview. By the way, my hubby's name is Fred also. I agree, Nora does do a great job here with her blogs. I would love to read this book. Please enter me.


  9. Enjoyed the interview, Nora! I am still a big Cosby show and Magnum PI fan! I would love to win the book! Thank you for sharing with us, Penny.


  10. Interesting interview. I enjoy learning about authors I'm not familiar with!

  11. Good Morning, Nancye~
    It's great to see you here! I hope you have a wonderful rest of yoru week.
    Penny Zeller

  12. Hello Jo~

    I loved hearing that your husband's name is Fred as well :) Fred Granger in my series was so fun to create. He's such a mild-mannered and helpful sort with such patience for his wife, Lucille!
    I hope you have a great week and thank you for stopping by Nora's blog.

    Penny Zeller

  13. Hi Tisha~

    Thank you for your kind words about the interview. I have been so blessed by Nora's hospitality!

    Our family recently borrowed the Cosby Show from the library. It was my daughters' (ages 8 & 10) first exposure to this wonderful sitcom. My oldest declared, "Mom, this is a funny show, but why do they dress so weird?" LOL!

    Have a fantastic week,

    Penny Zeller

  14. Happy Tuesday, lgm52~

    Thank you for your kind comment about the interview. Bloggers like Nora are such a blessing to authors and we SO appreciate their help in introducing us to readers :)

    Have a blessed day,

    Penny Zeller

  15. Lady DragonKeeperMay 6, 2011 at 3:38 AM

    I love "The Cosby Show" also --though I never watched it when it originally aired. =) Mrs. Zeller, I was wondering if you could share a bit about the process you went through to name your title characters in this series. McKenzie, Kaydie, and Hailee are such unique sounding names for a historical fiction series --is there a specific time period the books are set in?

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  16. Hello Lady DragonKeeper~
    I love your question about names! McKenzie and Kaydie are named after male members in their families, as is Peyton, their older sister.

    Kaydie’s real name is Kaydence, but everyone (with the exception of her parents and one other person) call her Kaydie. One of the meanings for the name Hailee is “victorious.” Hailee’s character is truly victorious over many things, so that name fit so well, and it also went well with her last name, Annigan.

    I love unique names! I pick what I feel are masculine names for my male characters, and I especially like Bible names. For female characters, I pick names that I really like that I might have named my children, had I had a dozen more daughters. *grins*

    Speaking of daughters, my own two young daughters have a list taped to my desk of names they have thought of that they would like to see in my books. That list has been so helpful. Of course, some names go well for the character, based on their appearance and personality and some don’t. The funnest thing for me is to pick those names and watch how they truly fit the characters I develop.

    BTW, the books are set in the late 1800s.

    Thank you again for your awesome question. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  17. I've really been interested in reading this book! I've seen it all over a ton of blogs and it keeps peaking my interest. It's already on my TBR list but I'd love a chance to win it too! Thanks!


  18. I am a follower already!


  19. Hello Courtney~

    Wow! What a compliment that Kaydie is on your TBR list! Thank you for sharing that with me :)

    Have a wonderful rest of your week!

    Penny Zeller

  20. I really enjoy historical fiction and I know I'd love this. Thanks!

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  22. Hi Rubynreba~
    I hope you had a great weekend! I have to agree with you - I enjoy reading historical fiction too :) Thank you for stopping by Nora's blog!
    Penny Zeller

  23. marylnail@bellsouth.netMay 26, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    That book is on my list to read! It sounds very good!

  24. Awesome, Mary! It is always an honor to be listed on a TBR list, so thank you :) Have a wonderful weekend.
    Penny Zeller