Q & A with Giveaway ~Dead And Berried by Peg Cochran

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.

Guest post provided by the publisher.

Series: A Cranberry Cove Mystery (Book 3)
Publisher: Berkley (May 2, 2017)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425274551
ISBN-13: 978-0425274552
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


It’s hive time for murder in the latest Cranberry Cove mystery from national bestselling author Peg Cochran.

It's June in Cranberry Cove and Monica Albertson's plan to sell cranberry relish to chain stores is taking off. The cranberry bogs are in bloom, and local beekeeper Rick Taylor and his assistant Lori Wenk are bringing in bees to pollinate the blossoms.  When a fatal prick fells Lori, the buzz is that Rick is to blame. 

In trying to clear her friend’s name, Monica discovers that more than a few people in Cranberry Cove have felt the power of Lori’s venom, and it looks as if this time she may have agitated the hive a bit too much.  With the fate of the farm on the line, Monica must get to the bottom of the crime before another victim gets stung.


Thanks to the publisher I have one (1) copy of Dead and Berried to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on May 24th

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pegPeg grew up in a New Jersey suburb about 25 miles outside of New YorkCity. After college, she moved to the City where she managed an art gallery owned by the son of the artist Henri Matisse. When her first daughter, Francesca, arrived, the new family moved back to the New Jersey suburbs where her second daughter, Annabelle, was born.

After her husband died, Peg remarried and her new husband took a job in Grand Rapids, MI where they now live (on exile from NJ, she likes to joke). Peg managed to segue from the art world to marketing and is now the manager of marketing communications for a company that provides services to seniors.

Her greatest love though has always been writing—particularly mysteries! She has two cozy mystery series debuting from Berkley Prime Crime—the Gourmet De-Liteseries set in Connecticut and featuring Gigi Fitzgerald who provides gourmet diet meals to a select group of clients, and the Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie series (release date September 4th), written as Meg London, set in Paris, TN with Emma Taylor who finds murder and mayhem in this quiet country town.

As for pets — she has a schizophrenic cat (really) named Frazzle and a Westhighland White Terrier, Reggie, who is desperately in need of losing a few pounds. But you know what they say: If your dog is overweight, it means YOU aren’t getting enough exercise!

When she’s not writing, Peg can usually be found cooking, which she loves. When asked to bring a dish to a potluck she invariably opts to bring dessert — partly because she loves making sweet dishes and partly because she and her husband always manage to be late so there—s no point in putting them in charge of the appetizer!

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  1. Kristin A. says:

    That was a very interesting Q&A. The whole reading chapters out of order bit – scandalous! grin! I am such a rule follower that I can't even phantom that! Thank you for the chance to win. I have been enjoying the series very much.

  2. Kathleen Kendler says:

    loved the interview.  Congrats on the new book.

  3. peggy clayton says:

    Thank you for the interview and Congrats on the new book! peggy clayton ptclayton2@aol.com

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