Author Interview, Hillary E. Peak


Author Interview #39, with lawyer and “recovering idealist,” Hillary E. Peak!

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Hi Hillary! Please describe yourself in 5 words:

Recovering idealist, lawyer, aspiring author.

Please share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):


What amazed me the most was that not all of the guys became fluent. Remember, my medical education was five years, not the four it is here in the states. There was a guy in my class, he became quite a famous psychiatrist, we were walking with his wife and his son toward the end of our fifth year.

I can still see his little boy, who was almost five, running out in front of us. He turned to his father and said, “Papa, regarder un oiseau!” Which means, ‘Dad, look a bird. ’

My friend turned to his wife and said, ‘Ellie, what the hell is a oiseau?’

Can you imagine? Five years in a French speaking country, and he didn’t have any idea what his own child was saying.” Dad rolled his eyes contemptuously.

“In fact, his French was so bad, that he didn’t earn the same degree the rest of us earned. We all became real doctors, but he got a certificate saying that he had been in school for five years. I thought that was crazy — spending all that time and money and ending up with nothing. But I was wrong because he minted money as a psychiatrist.” His lips pursed a little, and his nostrils flared irritated, with perhaps, a hint of jealousy.

Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):

When the lights went off the accompanist kissed her.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:

Writing is fun. Publishing and promoting is not—it is HARD, HARD work!

Yes ;)! What is your definition of “good writing”?

Something I can’t wait to get home to read. Anything where I’m thinking about it later.

Please share your #1 tip for writers:

Keep writing! The more you write, the better you get.

Please let us know your websites/blogs/etc:


Twitter | Facebook

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Much thanks to Hillary for stopping by! Be sure to check out her website for more info about Hillary and her books.


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