The Hunt for the Peggy C
Author Interview with John Winn Miller
The Hunt for the Peggy C is set at the beginning of World War II. What drew you to writing about that time period?
Believe it or not, I have no idea. My debut novel was a dream project—literally. Years ago, I had been watching a terrible action-adventure movie (I don’t remember which one) with my young daughter Allison (who now plays Maggie on ABC’s A Million Little Things), and I kept telling her, “I know I could write a better script than this.” That night I had a dream, and when I woke up, I knew the first and last scenes and the name of the ship. That was all.
So, like Michelangelo used to say, I knew there was a figure in that block of stone—in my case, a story—and all I had to do was spend years trying to chisel it free. The Hunt for the Peggy C screenplay and other scripts and a TV pilot I wrote attracted some interest in Hollywood but no sales.
When COVID hit, and my wife Margo and I were stuck at home with our two standard poodles and Maine coon cat, I decided it was time to live up to the dream that had been the reason I had become a journalist: to learn how to write so I could become a novelist.
Tell us about your research process for The Hunt for the Peggy C: