Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Interview with PEGGY FREZON

Peggy Frezon
 Peggy Frezon is a freelance writer and pet enthusiast. This interview is about her writing and, if you're interested in learning more about her "animal" side, check out her interview over at Forever Friends which  appears on March 23rd..

You do a lot of freelance writing and submit work to a lot of places. Share with us what it's like to be a freelance writer.

The best part of being a freelance writer is doing what you love, and working from home. No commute. No problem if you’re sick or just want a day off. And yes, sometimes I do work in my pajamas!

I generally write every day from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., with a break midday to take Kelly for a walk. Sometimes I write at midnight--freelancing usually means you can have a flexible schedule.

The most difficult part about being a freelance writer is the isolation. It helps to meet people with similar interests through social media, and join a few face-to-face writers' groups and attend conferences.

Your latest book is about dieting with your dog. What sets it apart, why should we buy it, and where can we buy it?

Dieting With My Dog is unique because, sure, it’s a dieting story, but it’s also about a reciprocal relationship. When I learned that my dog was headed toward some serious medical concerns if she didn’t lose weight, I was ready to do anything to help her. The funny thing is, my doctor had given me the same warnings for myself for years, and I never took action. Kelly, however, became the motivating factor to help me face down the physical and emotional reasons for overeating (and overfeeding my dog).

This book is “for anyone who has ever loved a pet--through thick and thin.” Parents and pet parents will relate to the emotional struggles of motherhood and the empty nest.

Dieting with My Dog will be released September 15 (August 15 in the UK). You can pre-order the book now on Amazon.

What did you learn while Dieting with My Dog?
Keeping fit is a lifelong challenge. Humor helps. And everything’s easier with a best friend.

What's your take on the furor about eBooks and how they're going to change the world of publishing?

I think it’s inevitable. I don’t own an e-reader yet, but I assume that in time I will. I love books, holding a book, turning the pages. But I am comfortable with technology and there is no use fighting it. I write for several magazines and we are constantly figuring out ways to integrate our website and Facebook pages with the print pages. Most authors today need to understand and embrace blogs, twitter, etc. to survive.

What are the addresses of your websites, blogs, and other online presences?


  1. Thank you for this wonderful interview Linda. It was a pleasure to talk to you and meet your readers today!

  2. Thank YOU, Peggy. (P.S. I just love your book cover.)

  3. Peggy, you are so write about embracing technology, even if we do want to hang on to a bookcase or two filled with real books. I received a Kindle for Christmas, but plan to use it more when I travel than when I'm at home.

    I'm heading over to look at the pet sites now -- hubby and I adopted a kitten in January, and a month later we discovered we have a special needs kitty with Mega-esophagus. We're in for the duration, and our lovely sweet kitty is improving now that she's a patient of the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital docs -- they are awesome.

    Linda, thanks for interviewing Peggy here. I agree, that book cover is really good.

  4. Pat, I've seen photos on your blog of the new kitty. With my recent move to MA, I've gotten behind in keeping up with my blogging friends - so sorry to hear about your kitty's medical issues. Kudos to you for taking them on.

  5. I love Peggy and Kelly's story. Dogs have played an important role in my life and in family members. I can relate. Look forward to reading the book.

  6. @Patricia I'm so sorry to hear your kitten has a health concern, and applaud you for doing whatever you can to help her. I'm glad she's receiving expert care and hope she makes a complete recovery.

  7. Great interview - so informative! I'm looking forward to reading Peggy's book!

  8. @Stacy so nice of you to say so! I think your dogs are very lucky to have you.

  9. Don't forget to check Peggy out on my blog, Forever Friends, on 3/23( Feel free to submit your request for an appearance by your [dog, cat, whatver].