An Interview with Peggy Kopman-Owens, author of A Summer Abroad

This week it’s my great pleasure to welcome Peggy Kopman-Owens to the Thursday Throng hotseat. Peggy is the author of 9 other Parisian themed books, the latest of which is ‘A Summer Abroad: Mrs Duchesney’s First Real Mystery’.

The Peggy Kopman-Owens Interview

peg kopman owensWhat is one thing that no one would usually know about you?

That I am a very private person in real life.

Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?

Film editor. Puppet maker. Like authors, film editors and puppeteers like to pull the strings and shape the story’s outcome. Perhaps, this is the same joy sculptors find in discovering the figure inside of the stone, but I could never be that brilliant or that strong.

Where do you find your inspiration?

After traveling to 35 countries on 5 continents, first as a commercial and private jet crew member, and then, as a freelance writer, I’ve accumulated a wealth of inspiration. The challenge continues to be translating these adventures, overflowing with unique personalities, into fictional mysteries and believable characters.

Are the names of your characters important to you?

Yes. I give it a great deal of thought. My characters are fictional, each a tapestry of attributes, attitudes, and affectations woven from memories of people I’ve met over the years. None is based upon one particular real life person, yet even a fictional being deserves a name to celebrate his/her imagined immortality on the pages of my books. In a sort of literary ‘wink,’ however, two characters received the first names of actual friends, my way of thanking them for being in my life. Fortunately, both friends (very different from their character namesakes) found this most amusing.

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer… which do you prefer when writing?

Coffee, when writing a book. Champagne, when celebrating the book’s release. Brunello di Montalcino with close friends, when the first book reviews come out. And depending upon the review… an aspirin.

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Where can I find out more about Peggy and her book?

a summer abroadYou can find A Summer Abroad available in Kindle format here:

and can meet Peggy on Smashwords here: PeggyKopmanOwens

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Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?

These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.

If you would like to see all the Authors who have been featured on The Thursday Throng you can click here: womanontheedgeofreality.com/2012/06/17/the-thursday-throng/.

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