Gotta Write Network touched base with Peg Cochran when she had a free minute, which isn’t often. Read on and then visit her website to learn about what she’s up to!
Where do you get your ideas?
The truth is, I don’t know! I start with the smallest grain of an idea and it snowballs from there and by the time I start writing the book, I’ve forgotten what part of it was the original spark for the story. I do remember the spark for the Cranberry Cove series though—I had this sudden vision of a body floating up in a flooded cranberry bog and it took off from there.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Short answer: no. I don’t have to light a special candle or play special music. As a matter of fact, I prefer no music at all. I have a full-time day job and need to use whatever spare time I can scrounge up to meet my deadlines so I’ve learned to write whenever/wherever!
What kind of research did you do for your Cranberry Cove series?
There is a cranberry farm in South Haven, Michigan, about an hour from us. I was able to watch a harvest. It was a beautiful day and the blue sky combined with the brilliant red of the cranberries made a gorgeous picture. The owner was very helpful in answering my questions except for one. He had no idea what to say when I asked him what they’d do if a body floated up when they flooded the bog!
Regular books or ebooks?
Both. I prefer to read non-fiction in book format because I often skip around and don’t read chapters in order. And if it’s a book on writing, I might want to reread bits or underline them. Fiction I read almost exclusively on my Kindle because it’s easier for me to see—I can make the type bigger and my case has a built-in book light. Of course I could put a brighter bulb in the lamp by the sofa where I like to sit (okay, lie down) and read! That would probably help a lot.
What are you reading right now?
I’m about one third of the way through Behind Her Eyes (and will probably be finished by the time you read this) and I just finished The Girl Before. And before that it was a woman’s fiction book Silver Girl.