Meet the Ladies in Red–Peggy Bird

1. Introduce yourself, please—Hi, I’m Peggy Bird, author of “Beginning Again.” I write under my personal name because I’ve always been terrible at remembering names and was sure I’d never remember a pen name.

2. Let’s get the details out of the way:

Single, married, divorced, widowed? Been three of the four at one point or another in my life. Husband thinks I’m aiming for door #4 every time he sees the books on poisons I bought when I was writing a mystery.

Parent? Am life-long parent to a grown daughter and half-life one to two more daughters I acquired in a slick deal by marrying their father.

Living where? Vancouver, Washington

Doing what, other than writing? Art glass, puppeteering, and, lately, aqua zumba.

One—just one—physical characteristic—I’ve never liked the color of my hair so I have bleached, dyed, henna’d and, currently, streaked it with pink.

3. What’s your secret passion? My passions are never secret.

4. Tell us one thing about yourself you’d never change. Where I am in my life.

5. If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why? England because I lived there for a year once and it wasn’t long enough.

6. Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live? Where I live. Sort of.

7. What’s the first creative writing you remember doing outside a class? Terrible poetry.

8. Why do you write romance novels? Because the characters I fell in love with fell in love with each other.

9. What else do you write? Scripts for a puppet program I’m involved with, memoir pieces, the occasional newspaper or magazine piece.

10. What one thing from your book did you take from personal experience? The helicopter scene. Really.

11. What did you cut from your book that felt like severing a body part? The scene where Liz’s husband announces he’s leaving her.

12. Do you identify closely with one particular character? How? Not really although I’d like to think I’m as resilient as Liz is.

13. The best part about my writing life is: entering the world of my characters.

14. The worst part about my writing life is: leaving the world of my characters when the book is finished.

15. Give us a hint about what the next book’s like. Accused of murder, glass artist Amanda is saved by Portland police detective Sam Richardson who wants more than gratitude from the woman he met at The Fairchild Gallery one First Thursday. But she’s running scared—from Sam and from the consequences of her past. “Running Scores” is due out this fall from Crimson Romance.

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8 Comments

  1. Nice to meet you, Peggy! Wow art glass and puppeteering, sounds very interesting. Great hobbies for a character one day!

    • A glass artist is the heroine of the book coming out in the fall. I’ve been trying to recreate the work I described in the book but she’s a better artist than I am.

  2. Lovely to meet you! I absolutely love glass art.

  3. Sounds like you’re a busy writer! My son lives a little south of you in Seattle. I love visiting there.

    • Actually, Lynn, your son is quite a bit north of me. I’m in the Vancouver in Washington state, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, not the one in British Columbia. We’re assumed to be Canadians so often we even sell T-shirts that say–“Washington (state, not D.C.), Clark County (Washington, not Nevada), Vancouver (USA not Canada).”

      • Ha – I’m an idiot. And I’ve even been to Portland. So, I love the Columbia as well. Guess that’s what I get for not thinking. before I type. 🙂

        When I tell people I’m from Idaho – they repeat back Iowa.

  4. Peggy,

    So nice to meet you. I enjoy your sense of humor!! I also love your neck of the woods…beautiful!!

    All the Best,
    Rionna Morgan

    • Nice to meet you, too. I think getting to know this group of writers has been one of the unexpected pleasures of having my books accepted by Jennifer and Crimson. It’s such an interesting and diverse group of women. Really love it.


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