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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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:
Visit with me o n Tuesday, November 22
on Gail Pallotta’s blog:
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