Peg Demarco

The road to becoming published has been a rocky one, but some notable events provided me with some terrific material along the way.  Joining the Peace Corps in 1969, I served two years in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and fell in love with the land, the culture, and most of important of all the wonderful people.  I finished my two-year tour, but returned two years later and lived in Nigeria, West Africa.  During my Peace Corps tour, I wrote a newspaper column, "Reflections from Africa," and articles for an anthology published by the Peace Corps.  One article, "The Beggar," was submitted and chosen for a live reading at the Rotunda in Washington, D.C. during the Corps' twenty-fifth anniversary.  The article was also published in World News.

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I wanted to bring the African flavor back to America and, using my writing as a vehicle, my two current books, "After the Twilight" and "Kano," contain chapters set in countries I've actually lived in.  Both take place during the early 1970's, so I'm hoping "baby boomers" that read my books will recall that exciting period with affection while new readers will enjoy a glimpse into the past.  "After the Twilight" has been adapted to a screenplay, and I've got an agent hard at work in Los Angeles trying to persuade a producer or two to take a look at it.  It was also entered in Project Greenlight and received two good reviews.

Personally, I have two grown sons and one daughter, and two grandchildren, Claire (Pookie), who is going to be 4 in October 2013, and Isaak who is 12, and a super daughter-in-law, Jamie. My husband, Phil, and I reside in the foothills of North Carolina with four dogs. My other passion is rescuing animals, and I am now connected with A Better Life Animal Rescue, Inc. Please check the rescue out at

In addition to writing, I enjoy watching movie classics with strong-willed heroines, such as Bette Davis and Katherine Hepburn, and going back even further to Greta Garbo.  My favorite writers are Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, and my dream is to be watching a Broadway play written by me and wondering, as I do so often, how I could have improved the dialogue!

Charity Splits Check Presentation
On Monday, February 2, 2009, at the Friends for Animals Humane Society of Burke County shelter in Morganton, NC, NASCAR legend Greg Biffle presented Peg with a check for $11,388.20. Peg’s name was drawn from thousands of entries in an on-line Split-the-Pot for Pets raffle benefitting The Greg Biffle Foundation and hosted by Charity Splits. Peg then turned around and donated $10,000 of her winnings to Friends for Animals, the largest no-kill animal shelter in Western North Carolina where she volunteers and serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors. The remaining portion of her winnings was donated to other animal rescue groups, including HSUS, the World Wildlife Fund, SPCA International, and to a shelter in Winston-Salem that suffered fire damage last year.

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