Sunday, September 11, 2016

We welcome Peg Cochran back to the Blog!

Peg grew up in a New Jersey suburb about 25 miles outside of New York City.  After her first husband died, she remarried and her new husband took a job in Grand Rapids, Michigan where they now live (on exile from NJ as she likes to joke).
She has three cozy mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime—the Gourmet De-Lite series, the Cranberry Cove Series and the Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie series, written as Meg London.  The Farmer’s Daughter series will debut in 2016.
Peg’s Lucille Series is published by Beyond the Page Publishing.  Confession Is Murder, Unholy Matrimony and Hit and Nun are available for all e-book readers.  She is currently working on the fourth book in the series.
You can read more about Peg and her books at or catch up with her on Facebook— 

Welcome back to the blog, Peg!

Thanks Rocco (and Toni!)  I’m thrilled to be here again. 

R:  Last time you told us about your Cranberry Cove series.  Now you’ve also got a new series debuting this month.  Can you tell us about that?

The Farmer’s Daughter takes place on Love Blossom Farm in the fictional town of Lovett, Michigan.  Shelby McDonald runs the small farm, writes a popular cooking and lifestyle blog and is raising her two children after the death of her husband.  She’s leased the pasture next to the farm to Jake Taylor who looks more like a cowboy than a farmer and has his sights set on Shelby.  Jake has competition in Matt Hudson who owns and runs the general store in town.  Shelby insists she’s not interested in dating but the two men are determined to change her mind!  Of course murder intrudes and shakes things up!

R:  Do you enjoy writing more than one series at a time?

I do—it’s fun to enter different worlds with each series.  The trick is in remembering who is in which book!

R: Which of (your character)  adventures in either series was the most fun for you to write? Were any of them the least amount of fun?

Actually some of the most fun are the antics Lucille gets up to in my Lucille Mystery Series (available for all ebook platforms)—stealing a hearse, an ambulance, a fire truck, a UPS truck….  In the Farmer’s Daughter, I would say the exchanges between my main character Shelby and Bert, an old family friend who has a quick wit and quicker tongue!

R: What’s a must have for you when you are writing? What aids the creative process?

I don’t really have any “musts.”  I’ve trained myself to work wherever and whenever.  I write on my lunch hour at work and when I first started writing, I used to write longhand in a steno book while commuting to work on a bus.  That makes my laptop seem like a luxury!

R:  If a movie were to be made of one of your books, which one would you want it to be and who would you pick for the lead roles?

I’d have to say the first book in my Cranberry Cove series—Berried Secrets—because I think the visual of the body floating up in the flooded cranberry bog would be stunning!  Lead roles—tough question!

Monica Albertson:  Jennifer Garner
Jeff Albertson:  Liam Hemsworth
Gina Albertson:  Heather Locklear
Victim – Sam Culbert:  John Lithgow

R: What are you working on at the moment / next?
Right now I am working on book #5 (as yet untitled) in my Lucille Mystery Series as well as a proposal for my agent for a potential new series.
R: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m somewhere in between.  I lay out plot points (end of Act One, Midpoint, etc.) but I don’t do an extensive scene by scene outline.  And no matter how much I plan, something always surprises me and that’s the exciting part.
R: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?

Well I wanted to be a ballerina when I was younger, but I think that ship has sailed!  Actually if I weren’t a writer with a day job, I’d be at the beach a lot more in the summer, doing more baking, spending more time with my family and reading more!

R: What do you hope readers will most take away from your writing?

A few hours of escape and enjoyment!

Just for Fun:
Night or Day?  .Day
Dog or Cat? (answer carefully)  Both!
Beach or Pool?   Beach
Steak or salad?  steak
Favorite Drink?  Water
Favorite Book?  A Christmas Carol
Favorite TV Series?  Downton Abbey
Favorite Movie?  Bridget Jones
Favorite Actor:  George Clooney
Favorite Actress:  Meryl Streep
Dirty Martini or Pina Colada?  Dirty martini
Hawaii or Alaska?  Hawaii
Finish this sentence:  If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, it would be President John F. Kennedy-having grown up in the era of the Kennedy mystique, I think it would be interesting to meet him.
If I had just one wish, it would be a cure for :type 1 diabetes
If I could trade places with anyone in the world, it would be:I’m pretty happy being me but for a few days it would be fun to be J.K. Rowling and see my name on the best seller list!

Peg will give away a copy of No Farm, No Foul to one lucky commenter!

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post with your name and email address (entries without email will be disqualified). For extra entries, you can do any or all of the below:

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Winner will be chosen at random using  Don’t forget to mention all you’ve done in your comment. Good luck! Contest ends midnight Friday, Sept. 16!


  1. I am in awe that you can handle that many different series lines! And you're thinking of more!
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    We are FB friends and I linked this to my page
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  2. I've read Cranberry Cove books and knowing how you write,I really want to delve into the Lucille books and others, Peg.
    I wish you continued success, from another person who considers herself in exile!
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  3. I love your books and can't wait to read your new series!

  4. I follow this blog and am a "friend". Thanks for offering this! I'd love to win a cozy mystery!

  5. Hi Peg great to learn about your writing process and Excited to read this new series. I follow this blog by email and am a friend on fb for you and this blog. I adore the Cranberry series and love your choice of actors to play the roles!!! Seascapelife at gmail dot com

  6. Thank you for bringing Peg Cochran and her new series back to your blog. I've enjoyed the Cranberry series and the characters in it so I am sure this series will be just as delightful.

  7. Would love to read this book!
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  8. I think it is a wonderful gift to write such great stories. It was so interesting to read your process for writing. Thank you for the opportunity for this great giveaway.
    Mary Brockhoff

  9. I am a Peg Cochran's Cranberry Cove fan, and am looking forward to this new book.
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  10. I love Pat's Cranberry Cove series. I can't wait to read No Farm No Foul.

  11. This sounds like a great start to another wonderful series by Peg Cochran. Looking forward to reading.
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  12. I can't wait to read this new book. Lori Shore
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  13. I can't wait to read this new book. Lori Shore
    I followed on Twitter and friended on Facebook. I also shared on Facebook and twitter.

  14. The new book sounds great. I totally agree with you on Bridget Jones Diary I love that movie. Thank you for the chance to enter the contest.

  15. Did all but the blog one:

    Followed on Twitter
    Tweeted post
    Followed blog (also by e-mail)
    Friended you on Facebook
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    I've read one of her Gourmet De-Lite books and also one of the Meg London books. Those were from the library, but I also have one more in each of those series that I own and haven't read yet. Haven't tried her newer series, but I'm interested in them.

    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com (Michelle Fidler)

  16. The gourmet delite books are great.will have to try new series

  17. The gourmet delite books are great.will have to try new series