April 19, 2014 10:59:24 PM
The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library welcomes Aberdeen native Caroline Buffington Pugh to its April 23 Table Talk presentation. The author will read from and discuss her debut novel "Something Bigger," a thriller/romance set in New York City and Washington, D.C.
A 1990 graduate of Mississippi State University, Pugh majored in communications. She presently resides in Tupelo where she is a copywriter for an advertising agency. "I have always wanted to be a writer," she revealed. Although her university studies and professional writing offered her opportunities to explore that craft, she related that "I had my own story inside that wanted to come out."
Her "own story" turned out to be an examination of crimes committed and revenge taken. In her novel, Pugh explores the effects of this retribution, which in the end can prove even more dangerous than the original transgression.
"I wrote the novel because I simply love to write. It started out as some cathartic writing, then ... I decided to get serious about it," she explained. "I had started a different story, but scrapped it and began a new one. I love New York City and decided that would be the setting. I'm also a huge fan of Broadway and any kind of theater, so naturally I made that fit, too!"
"It's been a great experience, but in a way, it's rather strange, knowing people are reading what has been inside your head," she concluded.
Favorably reviewed by avid Amazon readers, Pugh's debut effort is praised for its fast pace, well-drawn characters and the "unexpected twists and turns that make 'Something Bigger' something better."
"It should be fascinating to watch how an author pulls from herself and transforms personal interests into a realized work," said Friends member Jo Shumake. "We are looking forward to discussing this creative process with Caroline."
Table Talks are presented on Wednesdays in April at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for those wishing to bring their lunch and socialize before the program begins at noon. The Friends will serve iced tea.