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Author Interviews

Interview with Nancy Peacock

Only 10 more weeks until. . .

Pamlico Writers Conference and Competition’s

The Art & Craft of Writing!

Washington Civic Center, Washington, NC
Saturday, March 8, 2014
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
 
 And now to begin this week’s interview:

Nancy Peacock

Nancy Peacock’s first novel, Life without Water, was a New York Times Notable Book. She followed with another novel and the memoir, A Broom of One’s Own, about her experiences working as house cleaner while also navigating the literary world. Her latest work is a historical novel, The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson.

Nancy will be presenting a non-fiction session at the second Pamlico Writers Conference on the afternoon of March 8. The title of her session is: “Finding Story in Your Life”. She wrote, “As a memoirist, one has to choose which story to focus on, and decide what parts of your life contribute to the telling of that story. Through exercises and study of personal essays, we will explore these issues.”

In an interview, Nancy shared her thoughts about writing.

Interviewer:  Is there a singular event that led you to become a writer?

Nancy:            I wouldn’t say a singular event, but I would say a single teacher. I was fortunate that my teacher in fourth grade introduced me to the concept of creative writing. Until then, I had never heard of it. She was a remarkable teacher who believed in the arts, and I have always been grateful for her.

Interviewer: Did your writing begin as poetry, short story, non-fiction, etc? And which genre would you now consider to be your “passion”?

Nancy:            I began with poetry, as so many adolescents do.  Poetry is wonderful. I love poetry. But as a young person, I assumed it was an easy form and would be a place to deposit all my teenage angst. I was wrong on both counts. The form I always admired the most was the novel.  And I would say that the novel is my passion today, although I probably read more memoirs than novels. What I really look for in both is good storytelling.

Interviewer: If you also teach, does your writing interface with your teaching?

Nancy:            I feel that teaching others helps me teach myself. Plus I love continuously experiencing beginners’ enthusiasm. It keeps me from becoming too discouraged.

Interviewer: Is some, most, or all of your writing conceived through personal experience?

Nancy:            Some, but I always draw on what we share as human beings, using those emotions and my personal experiences to tap into the lives of my characters.

Interviewer: Do you consider commercial value when choosing subjects and characters for your stories or poems?

Nancy:            Never, and I think it’s foolish to do so. The market does not even know itself, and artists should not be trying to guess its desires. Instead we need to let what we are interested in lead us, which in turn will lead the market.

Interviewer: What is your favorite of all your works? Why?

Nancy:            My favorite is my most recent novel, because it was such a learning curve to write. I learned and grew as a writer, but I also learned so much about the subjects of American slavery and the Comanche Indians. The character who narrates this book is one of the strongest and most honest, and driven characters I have ever worked with. I am still stunned by the experience.

Interviewer: I read the first sentence of that novel on your webpage. I was instantly hooked, and look forward to having you sign it at the conference.

Doris Schneider
 

For more information on our upcoming conference, presenters, workshops, and panels, visit our website.

Website:  www.pamlicowritersconference.org

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About Pamlico Writers Group

This is a publication of the Pamlico Writers Group, created to help promote and advance writers skills along with expanding our groups membership and reach. Our aim on this site is to keep you our readers and participants aware of upcoming events. Topics covered during the year will be news regarding our annual Pamlico Writers Conference and Competition, co-sponsored with Arts of the Pamlico, discussion of and from our conferences, participants and group news. PWG's Steering Committee has finalized details for our 5th Annual Pamlico Writers Conference on March 17 & 18th, 2017 at The Turnage Theatre, 150 W. Main St., Washington, NC. This year's theme is "Words," Image and Story". Our Friday night keynote speaker this year will be Author, Teacher, Speaker, and Director of Lavenson Studios, Zelda Lockhart. For more information on Ms. Lockhart visit her website at: http://www.zeldalockhart.com/. For a complete schedule of Friday night and Saturday events, go to our website at: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/. Be sure to check back often for more details of this and other events we have planned. The companion juried writing competition submissions opened on January 1, 2017. Winners are announced and an awards ceremony will be held during our Friday night Kick-Off Event. If you'd like more information on guidelines for entries, please go to our website: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/ All registrations for both conference and/or entry into the competition will be made through our web site: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/. Again, see site for complete details. Thank you for visiting! We hope to see you again soon. **If you are a writer interested in finding a critique group or other writers, we encourage you to come and join us. If you life at a distance please don't let that diswade you, we have several members who participate predominately on-line. Our meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 pm here in Washington, NC at the Turnage Theatre. We would love to hear from you regarding comments or ideas you have for the group. This blog is authored by members of our writer's group. Thank you for stopping by. See you soon, Kaylene Wilson Program Coordinator

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