Mystery Author: Strong Women, Great Stories

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I write three series: The Loser Mysteries, The Dead Detective Mysteries & the Simon & Elizabeth (Tudor) Mysteries as well as stand-alones that offer readers "Strong Women, Great Stories."
These days I also answer to Maggie Pill, who writes a cozy sleuth series. Maggie is a lot like Peg, just younger, cooler, and funnier.

Peg's Talks


Is Your Library Looking for a Speaker?

Peg gives several talks that might interest your patrons.


The Mystery Talk (Updated for 2015)

    Mystery readers are always looking for new authors. They know about Michael Connelly and James Patterson, but they might not know about up-and-coming authors or the ones who've been quietly writing good stuff for years. This talk acquaints readers with good mysteries and provides interesting background on the mystery community.

Choosing Your Next Great Read (New in 2015)

    The publishing world is changing, so rapidly that no one can predict where things will go next.
The large publishing houses have shrunk to a few monster-sized businesses. The small presses fight to survive. 
And all kinds of authors are self-publishing more and more frequently.

   How does a reader know when a book is good? Aside from the gamut of opinions on what is good writing, now there's also the question of book readiness: How well is the book published?

  This talk gives readers tips on choosing which books to buy and read. How do you see past the hype and decide if a book is your kind of book? How do you know if a book is self-published, and if so, tell if the writer knows what he's doing? How do you find out if a book was edited properly? Where can you find out what unbiased readers think of the book? And how do you decide if a book is your kind of book: your next great read?

Five Things a Writer Needs to Know

Have you ever considered becoming a writer?

Have you written something you’d like to publish?

Do you wonder how a story goes from idea to book for sale?

Spend an hour with author Peg Herring and learn some of the answers to these questions. Peg’s talk, titled “Five Things a Writer Needs to Know,” gives an entertaining and enlightening look at writing and publishing, gleaned from her years of experience writing plays, articles, short stories, and novels in print, electronic, and audio versions. Peg believes that every audience deserves a good time, so there will be laughter along with the facts and helpful handouts to take home and use to decide if you’ve got what it takes to be a writer.

The talks listed above are 1-hour talks, and the charge is mileage only.

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