It has already been quite a weekend here on Lake Halleluia. Playboy Radio has invited me for an interview to talk about my novel, Cobalt Blue; Playboy, the magazine, has always run good fiction, you know.
And my hometown paper, Wilmington's StarNews, has launched my season with this novel's first traditional review. (A couple of esteemed bloggers had already written topical posts that discussed the book.)
Book editor and all-round-intellectual at StarNews, Ben Steelman, leads with, "Wilmington native Peggy Payne trumps E.L. James in her latest book, a novel of ideas that manages to include a number of erotic romps."
I trust you know who E.L. James is. The part I love is the combo of "novel of ideas" with "erotic." I've never liked either/or dichotomies. Why should we have to choose? The StarNews review also points out that all my fiction is at its center religious, and calls the story "a pilgrimage." Again, I like the combo of spirituality with both ideas and eros. Again, why should we have to choose?
Cobalt Blue officially comes out Friday. This afternoon I'm going to pick up the new business cards with the new cover. I'm not exactly ready ahead of time for any of this. When the publicist got the email from the Playboy producer, she wrote back saying in essence: Are you sure? The reply, in essence: We're sure.
The interview is to air in May. Details will follow, as I get used to the idea. Already I'm delighted. Thrilled! No one in my high school would ever have predicted that I'd wind up on Playboy Radio. Especially at age 64.
(BTW, first North Carolina reading will be held at Raleigh's Quail Ridge Books & Music on April 28, a Sunday, at 3 p.m.)