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I can live with this.

27thAnnual Self-Published Book Awards. Judge’s Commentary:



Peggy Dougherty

“This is a fresh and humorous story about the unintended consequences of deception amid the complications that go into writing a screenplay and then selling it. Hollywood’s preoccupation with youth, which extends to writers, leads to a 60-year old woman convincing her 30-year-old daughter to pretend to be her at a meeting with a producer about her screenplay entry in a contest. One deceit leads to many others involving a co-producer and his wife; a niece of one producer who also entered the contest with her screenplay; an ex-husband unhappy over a role in the screen patterned after him; and a bunch of others swept up in the confusion and turmoil which includes a threat of script infringement. Roiling the heady plot are a pair of IRS tax evasion cases which temper the plot a great deal. The final outcome, affected by emergence of a love story, has some surprises in a satisfactory nod to age as well as ability.

The suspense factor of whether the screenplay will be purchased keeps the plot moving. More chapters, though, need suspenseful endings to make the reader wonder what the next twist will be.

The writing is crisp and often humorous. All the characters are well delineated. The snappy dialogue works to give the characters more dimension, and the use of interior monologue is very effective.

The title is intriguing with various interpretations. The cover image, however, is too obscure. The cover could use a subtitle that alerts potential readers to the novel’s amusing contents about a screenplay and its ultimate fate.”

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 4

Production Quality and Cover Design: 3

Plot and Story Appeal: 5

Character Appeal and Development: 5

Voice and Writing Style: 4






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Hoping no neighbor watched, Kay slunk beneath the windows toward the front driveway. A wide-open space lay between her and the street. She couldn’t risk sprinting to her car. She had better hide behind the oleander until Olivia left.

Her desire to apprise Mona of the origin of her husband’s unreported perks had been trumped by intrigue regarding the overheard conversation. What had Simon done? Who was Trey? As she waited, pressure on her bladder heightened. She shouldn’t have drunk all that water.

Excerpted from AGE MATTERS by Peggy Dougherty.


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Read My Interview …

Here is a transcription of an interview conducted by Kristen Caven of California Writers Club in Berkeley, California prior to my participation on a panel discussion at their monthly Speaker Program. Discussion Topic: “The Working Writer.”  (Yes, I’m retired but once upon a time I wasn’t 😉

On Being a Working Writer: an Interview with Peggy Dougherty


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I’ll be participating in a panel discussion at the

California Writers Club, Berkeley Branch on May 19th.


5/19 PANEL: “The Working Writer”


A panel exploring the writer’s relationship to work, featuring

Peggy Dougherty, Thaddeus Howze & Paul Corman Roberts

on Sunday, May 19th@ 3:00.

1204 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612




My play Strange Bedfellows is being produced in a short play festival

in Milledgeville, GA.

Visit the facebook page of Birdhouse Theatre, the theatre where my play Strange Bedfellows will be performed the weekend of May 24-25.








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What Readers Are Saying:

“Delightful mix of twists, turns and new surprises. Couldn’t put it down.”

“This fun, fast-paced read also deals with the important topic of ageism. I would love to see the movie!”

“Age Matters is a clever first novel by the author. It’s an old-fashioned page turner that holds your attention throughout. The story is a creative take on the theme of ageism with a dash of romance for spice. The plot twists and turns along the way keep the reader coming back for more. Kudos!”

“! was hooked with the opening sentence. Well paced, with character intrigue, and plot twists and turn, I found it hard to put the book down. And then, I didn’t want it to end. I had that letdown feel, when coming to the close of a captivating good read.”

“A quick-paced story that pulled me in and kept pace throughout the book. Funny, great mother/daughter banter, a side of romance, and good observations about age in Hollywood.”

Excerpted from Review Page on




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The Importance of Reviews

I want to thank those of you who have purchased my novel Age Matters, and I want to give a double, triple, quadruple shoutout to those of you who have posted a review on Amazon.  If you have purchased either the paperback or the Kindle version on Amazon but have not had time to write a review,  I would be ‘over the moon’ if you did so. The number of Amazon reviews is what drives sales. See below for instructions on how to do it.*

I have dreams of seeing Age Matters on the big screen. As my protagonist, Kay, says:   “ … why not reach for the stars?” I believe that the path to Age Matters: The Movie is paved with hundreds, probably thousands, of reviews.

If you haven’t purchased Age Matters, I hope you’ll consider doing so. And I’d love it, and would be very grateful, if you posted a review on Amazon. Your review can be short and pithy (two or three words) or as long as you wish.

WARNING: Readers say that once you start reading Age Matters you can’t put it down.

*To Post a Review on Amazon:

Go to my Amazon Book Page

Once you’re on my book page click on ‘Customer Reviews’ or on the  row of yellow stars. It will take you to the list of reviews. At the top there is an option: “Write a customer review”.  Voila!

Thank you!

And all of you book lovers will relate to the following “Book Lovers’ Quotes”:

“I tried everything to get to sleep last night. Well … everything except closing the book and putting it on the nightstand. Let’s not get too crazy.”

“Never judge a book by its movie!”

“I am a reader, not because I don’t have a life, but because I choose to have many.”


Thanks for your help and support!



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Pleased and Grateful

My novel, Age Matters, was celebrated at a Book Launch on January 17, 2019 at the beautiful Dollar Clubhouse, (a registered Historic Site) in Rossmoor Retirement Community in Walnut Creek, California. I was thrilled at the large turnout. For me it was an exciting and fun event, and I believe the attendees enjoyed it as well.  There was food, there was drink, and there was a conversation with the audience about the novel.

Rather than read an excerpt of the novel to the audience, I invited two excellent local actors, (members of the Drama Association of Rossmoor) to act out Chapter One of the novel. They did a terrific job and the enactment was the hit of the event. Thank you, Linda Kelp and Gail Wetherbee.

I also want to thank Published Writers of Rossmoor for naming me Author of the Month for January of 2019 and for giving me the opportunity to mount a Book Launch following the publication of Age Matters.  Holding a Book Launch is one of the many benefits of membership in Published Writers of Rossmoor.