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Cobalt Blue: A Novel

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Playboy Radio?

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.)

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  • March 24, 2013 at 10:45 am Reply

    Did you see the woman on CBS Sunday Morning who writes soft porn novels? She is 78!

    • March 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm Reply

      I didn’t, but will find her. I favor changing the staid rep of old people.

  • March 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm Reply

    It's all so exciting!

    • March 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm Reply

      Thanks, Mamie. I’m excited. And curiously calm.

  • March 25, 2013 at 3:02 am Reply

    Hi Peggy,
    Sounds like things are going very well! Not only are you challenging the either/or dichotomy; you are also shattering age stereotypes. As a newly 65-year-old, I applaud you! 
    p.s. If you could sneak a word about the pipeline into your radio interview, that would be doubly awesome!

    • March 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm Reply

      Thank you, Jan. And it certainly never occurred to me as an ideal venue for Tar Sands argument. That would be awesome indeed.

  • Patricia
    March 25, 2013 at 6:01 am Reply

    Please use the word "older" instead of "old." It doesn't change who we are, but as old we seem too tired out to exist…older is what I chose to be…well, come to think of it I don't even mind being called a crone…which is just this side of magnificent!!

    • March 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm Reply

      Did I say old? I’ll have to go back and look. Actually, crone is the word I’m allergic to, Patricia. Sounds (long pause to figure out why I don’t like it)… I picture the bent and wizened witch stereotype, I think that’s it. I do put a bit too much stock in the superficial. Not sure how to picture crone as near-magnificent.

  • BoBraxton
    March 25, 2013 at 8:30 am Reply

    the color yellow will never be the same for me again (age 68)

    • March 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm Reply

      I think it changed for me after reading “The Waste Land,” Bob.

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    • March 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm Reply

      Very expressive, Brent. Thank you.

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