Peggy Frezon: On Pets, People, and Writing

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Everyone’s Story welcomes author Peggy Frezon, who combines her love of animals and writing in her non-fiction books. While Peggy may be a local author to me, her name has spread to far reaches through the many articles she’s penned in Guideposts Magazine as well as Chicken Soup for the Soul. Take a look at the uplifting video she’s provided and check out her interview. We’re both looking forward to chatting with you… and hope to hear about your treasured pets and what situations they may have possibly helped you through.

 

 

Questions for Peggy Frezon

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Your author tagline is “Books about the human-animal bond.” What inspired you to go beyond love for animals enough to drive you to write about them?

I’ve loved animals goes since I was growing up in Vermont. When I started writing, I first wrote for various newspapers and magazines in college. It took me a little while to find my niche, but once I started writing about animals, everything fell into place. Now I get assignments on animal topics, and my editors look to me for animal stories. I can’t wait to start work every day because I’m lucky enough to have a job combining my two passions—writing and animals. I would tell writers that if there is a topic you feel passionate about, search for opportunities to make yourself an “expert” in that field. Seek out publications and websites on the topic and get a feel for their style and their needs. Also having a blog on the topic gives you credibility.

Tell us about your books and other publications.

My most recent book is Faithfully Yours–the amazing bond between us and the animals we love, published by Paraclete Press. It’s true stories about all the wonderful ways animals show people compassion, devotion, healing and love.

My other books are Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw about the healing role animals played in one Vermont woman’s life, Dieting with my Dog a memoir about a time my chubby spaniel and I joined together to both lose weight, and The Dieting with my Dog Guide to Weight Loss.

Remember how I told you that once I started writing about animals, things started to fall in place? Here is an example. I write full time for Guideposts Magazine, and frequently get assigned animal stories. Guideposts is now launching a new publication, All Creatures Magazine, and I was just named contributing editor. So I’m pretty excited about that.

I’ve also contributed to dozens of Chicken Soup for the Soul books and other compilation books like that. These type of books are great for writers because they accept numerous stories in each book, and there is a broad range of topics available, so you can find ones where your passions lie.

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From an author’s perspective, is the path to publication of non-fiction on the subject of animals difficult and competitive?

Tough question because all writing and publishing is competitive. But in my experience, non-fiction is a little bit easier to sell than fiction. And books about animals seem to sell well.

 

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What do you think is the spiritual connection between humans and their pets?

Animals are capable of showing us devotion, forgiveness, comfort, compassion. One of the lessons we can learn from animals is how to truly love each other. Knowing the love of animals–especially the dog that waits for us at the front door, or the cat that curls up on our lap–can help bring us closer to God.

Please share about your current household furry companions.

My husband and I rescue senior dogs. Right now we share our home with a nearly-15-year-old spaniel-mix named Kelly, and a 10-year-old golden retriever named Ike. Ike just became a certified therapy dog last year, and we go to schools, colleges and libraries to help ease tension at exam time.

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Will we be seeing any animal-centered fiction by Peggy Frezon?

Great question! My passion has always been writing fiction, but all my book projects so far have been non-fiction. I believe it’s important to take into consideration what you think will sell, and so far I keep getting ideas for NF. But, following my heart, I’ll definitely write fiction in the future, which will definitely be animal-centered.

Asking this with a silly grin on my face: As a huge cat-lover I confess to liking dogs and living happily with them in the past. Do you confess to appreciating cats or any other animals?

I love all animals. Growing up I had dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, fish, and turtles. I love, love, love dogs, and I love cats too but I will confess that I don’t totally understand them!

Peggy’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

Like #pets? Visit with non-fiction author @PeggyFrezon for a smile! (Tweet This)

@PeggyFrezon: Combining passion for #writing and love of animals. (Tweet This)

What has loving animals taught @PeggyFrezon about #writing? (Tweet This)

Author’s Bio:

Peggy Frezon is contributing editor of All Creatures magazine. She is an award-winning writer of articles and books about our bond with animals, including Faithfully Yours (Paraclete Press 2015).  You can also find Peggy’s stories in Guideposts magazine and dozens of Chicken Soup for the Soul ™ books.

Peggy and her husband rescue senior dogs and share their home with Kelly, a 14-year-old spaniel mix, and Ike, a 10-year-old golden retriever.

Places to connect with Peggy:

Website

The Writer’s Dog (blog)

Twitter

Facebook

 

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28 comments to Peggy Frezon: On Pets, People, and Writing

  • I enjoyed this. And even though I have a sweet kitty, I don’t think anyone ever understands cats. Bless their hearts, as we say in the South.

  • Ann Ellison

    I lost my husband in 1997 and a couple of weeks after he died I got Dusty, a miniature dachshund. It was amazing how he always seemed to sense when I was feeling low. He would lick my cheek and lay down in lap as long as he felt like I needed him. I had to put him to sleep a little over a year ago when he was 16. I now have two cats and they own me, and I love them. I enjoyed reading your interview.

    • elaineadmin

      Aww, how sweet Dusty was to you. Animals do know when we’re happy, sad, and in need of a hug. And since I’m (temporarily) cat-less, I sure do appreciate your photos of your precious cats you share on FB. So glad you enjoyed Peggy’s interview, Ann. Have a lovely Thanksgiving.

    • I’m glad that Dusty helped you through a difficult time. Pets can have such a wonderful sense of knowing when we need them. Say hi to the kitties!

  • My sweet Zuzu adopted us (or was it the other way around? hmmm…) 9 years ago, just after Thanksgiving. What a quirky dog she is! She is my sidekick for sure – and while she loves my husband very much I’ve decided she considers him her activities director haha!

    • elaineadmin

      Carrie, I’m thrilled you’re here! Zuzu looks much younger than her 9 years. I thought maybe 3 or 4! I love thinking that our pets see us as activities directors–made me LOL. Thanks much for visiting. Give Zuzu a hug of me. Have a nice Thanksgiving.

    • What kind of dog is Zuzu? She sounds super sweet. Happy Adoptaversary this Thanksgiving.

  • I just read this morning: Dogs have owners; cats have staff. Sort of true. I’ve had many pets in my life: dogs, cats, monkeys and even a baboon, once. (Don’t ever have a baboon for a pet!!! They don’t understand about being a “pet.”)

    Our current honey is Viva, a sable papillon, who is my constant companion.

    • elaineadmin

      Sylvia, I can’t imagine what it’s like to have a pet baboon. Wow! I’m all ears if you’d like to share. Viva sounds like a lovely pal.

      Wishing you a nice Thanksgiving.

    • LOL that’s a great saying! I’ve never had a monkey…or a baboon! Viva sounds precious–papillons are so beautiful and very smart. I know a few groups that train them as service dogs.

  • Thanks for introducing me to Peggy, Elaine. I have a huge fondness for animals of most sorts. Would not want a baboon. Yikes. But I currently have two beagles and two hedgehogs. I wasn’t a dog person until a decade ago, now I’m kind of obnoxious and my beagles are spoiled little twits. One of my favorite books is Saturdays with Stella by Allison Pittman.

  • Andrea Stephens

    Very nice interview. We had a most beloved dog, Chuckie, he was a poodle, sheltie mix. The only one of the litter to look like a poodle. We loved him for a little more than 14 years before we had to make that dreaded decision to put him to sleep. He had been sick with diabetes, complications set in and we knew it was time. That was seven and a half years ago. We miss him every day. Current health conditions prevent us from getting another animal and I don’t know that my heart could go through that again. My niece has a cat that for some reason likes me, so when I visit I love on her despite my allergies.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • elaineadmin

      Andrea, I can so relate to what you’ve shared. My husband and I have always shared our home and heart with cats. For a while we had a trio, though they weren’t siblings. We’re cat-less right now, though hoping that after we refinish our floors come spring that we’ll have twins. For now, my husband and the neighbor’s cat, Thomas, have adopted each other. Thomas eats up at his owner’s then comes down to snooze behind the shop’s wood stove. So, for now, we have ourselves an unusual cat-fix. LOL, without paying the vet bills!

      Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving as well.

    • Thank you for visiting today and reading about my books! Loving cats and dogs is so easy to do, isn’t it? It’s not so easy when we lose our pets though. I’m sure that Chuckie was a special member of your family. It’s nice that now you’re able to get your pet fix via your niece’s cat.

  • As a animal person myself, I loved this interview. My first dog, Pixie (a collie/retriever mix) was my best friend. Since I was born with a walking disability not many children wanted to play with me. Pixie was my constant companion. She lived until she was 19 years old, and since she was only two years younger than I was, I had her into adulthood. I will never forget her. And she paved the way for me to always have a household filled with dogs.

    • elaineadmin

      Roberta, I’ve had the pleasure of knowing you now for many years and can safely say you have a huge heart for animals and they sense it–thriving with you. You’re a blessing to them as much as they are to you.

      Happy Thanksgiving.

    • You sound like my type of person! It sounds as if Pixie was in a way a service dog to you as well as a friend. What a wonderful long life she lived! Give your dogs a Hello! from me!

  • Marilyn

    I grew up with pets (cats, dogs, rabbits, a pony, chickens and turtles) by growing up in the country. Princess is my current cat who definitely believes she is a Princess! Lol. One thing about cats they are independent but great companions for comfort and loving. Thank you for featuring Peggy and her love of animals in non-fiction. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  • elaineadmin

    Another week wraps up for Everyone’s Story and I thank author Peggy Frezon for contributing a lot of smiles and stoking fond, treasured memories for my viewers. I hope this week has proved for you, Peggy, a blessing as well. I wish you continue success with your writing and all the best.

    Happy holidays to all,

    Elaine

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