We’re thrilled to have here today Peggy Nahoe from Rosemary and Larry Mild’s mystery short story collection: Copper and Goldie, 13 Tails of Mystery and Suspense in Hawai‘i. Peggy Nahoe (pronounced Na-ho-ay) is a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl living in Honolulu. It is a pleasure to have Peggy with us today at Beyond the Books! Thank you so for this interview, Peggy.
Now that the book has been published, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
PEGGY: The Milds live in Honolulu, they’re like locals. They nailed me pretty well and what I’m up to most of the time. The many stories I’m in start when I’m only nine, and they usually take place on Sundays when my daddy, Kamuela—that’s Sam in Hawaiian—has visitation rights. Sigh! He and my mom, Kianah, are split and I get bounced back and forth like some old volleyball. They fought all the time on account of him getting distraught after being medically pensioned from the Honolulu Police Department. You see, he’s got a bullet in his spine and needs Cane and Able, his two canes, to walk. Daddy drives a cab now and was very lonely until I suggested that he get a pet. He chose a golden retriever named Goldie, and I’m glad he did. Goldie’s smart and rides in the shotgun seat of his cab while they drive all around the island of Oahu picking up fares. I shudder to think how many bad guys and gals they’ve encountered. I only hope they know how to handle them.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?
PEGGY: Oh sure. They let me speak the king’s English with only a skosh Hawaiian or pidgin tossed in like a jalapeno for flavor. Not like some of the other characters. My daddy’s taught me to be proud of my Hawaiian heritage. I turned out to be a really sensitive and caring person. Mom says I argue with her too much. Rosemary and Larry made me tall for my age, athletic, with sun-dark island looks, and long dark hair that just won’t behave. It seems like I’m always washing or brushing it. I just wish my authors wouldn’t put me in harm’s way so much.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
PEGGY: That’s a tough one. I think maybe it’s somewhere between cleverness and loyalty. I’ve gotten myself out of some pretty tight jams—like the time the kidnappers held me captive in the barn. As for loyalty, I could never choose between Mom or Daddy when they’re fighting. I suppose there’s a lot of kindness in me too—like I’m always feeling sorry for the bad guys and gals after they’re caught. I have to ask Daddy what’s going to happen to them.
PEGGY: Anger that I sometimes can’t suppress. Those strange pictures that turn up in my camera, a birthday gift from my daddy. I even hid in my room when he came over to apologize. I wouldn’t speak to him. Also, my friends sometimes say I’m too bossy.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
PEGGY: If I left it to the Milds they’d say Margaret O’Brien, but I don’t even know who that is. But I saw an old rerun of Hawaii Five-O with Londyn Silzer, a kid actress, the other night and she looks a little bit like me. She even talks like me.
Do you have a love interest in the book?
PEGGY: No. Unfortunately, I’m kinda young for that stuff. I might have had a crush on the red-headed haole boy in geography class, but don’t you go telling Mom now. Honest, my big love is for my dog, Goldie.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
PEGGY: I never let myself cry, but I start to wonder whether I’ll ever have my family together again. I know they still love each, but they haven’t found out yet. Ohana—that means family in Hawaiian, and ohana is the most important thing in my life.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
PEGGY: I wouldn’t want to be Carly Adams. She didn’t want to hurt anyone, but she stole a whole lot of money and now she’s going to jail.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
PEGGY: I’m itching to tell you the endings to all my stories, but the Milds won’t let me—especially when the bank robbers kidnapped me. Rosemary threatened to take away my loco moco if I do. That’s two sunny-side-up eggs on top of a huge hamburger amid a whole plateful of sticky white rice, all immersed in dark brown gravy. Yum!
What words of wisdom would you give your authors if they decided to write another book with you in it?
PEGGY: They don’t need any words of wisdom—they’re a real cool couple, and if and when they publish a sequel, I want to be all grown up in my thirties, and married with a baby, and be the boss of my own detective business just like Daddy. Then again, I could be a lawyer just like Mom. I can’t decide.
Thank you for this interview, Peggy.
PEGGY: And mahalo (thank you) to you too for having me.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
ROSEMARY AND LARRY MILD, cheerful partners in crime, coauthor mystery, suspense, and fantasy fiction. Their popular Hawaii novels, Cry Ohana and its sequel Honolulu Heat, vibrate with island color, local customs, and exquisite scenery. Also by the Milds: The Paco and Molly Murder Mysteries: Locks and Cream Cheese, Hot Grudge Sunday, and Boston Scream Pie. And the Dan and Rivka Sherman Mysteries: Death Goes Postal, Death Takes A Mistress, and Death Steals A Holy Book. Plus Unto the Third Generation, A Novella of the Future, and three collections of wickedly entertaining mystery stories—Murder, Fantasy, and Weird Tales; The Misadventures of Slim O. Wittz, Soft-Boiled Detective; and Copper and Goldie, 13 Tails of Mystery and Suspense in Hawai‘i.
ROSEMARY, a graduate of Smith College and former assistant editor of Harper’s, also delves into her own nonfiction life. She published two memoirs: Love! Laugh! Panic! Life With My Mother and the acclaimed Miriam’s World—and Mine, for the beloved daughter they lost in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. On her lighter side, Rosemary also writes award-winning humorous essays, such as failing the test to get on Jeopardy; and working for a giant free-spending corporation on a sudden budget: “No new pencil unless you turn in the old stub.”
LARRY, who was only called Lawrence when he’d done something wrong, graduated from American University in Information Systems Management. In 2019 he published his autobiography, No Place To Be But Here: My Life and Times, which traces his thirty-eight-year professional engineering career from its beginning as an electronics technician in the U.S. Navy, to a field engineer riding Navy ships, to a digital systems/instrument designer for major Government contractors in the signal analysis field, to where he rose to the most senior level of principal engineer when he retired in 1993.
Making use of his past creativity and problem-solving abilities, Larry naturally drifted into the realm of mystery writing, where he also claims to be more devious than his partner in crime and best love, Rosemary. So he conjures up their plots and writes the first drafts, leaving Rosemary to breathe life into their characters and sizzle into their scenes. A perfect marriage of their talents.
THE MILDS are active members of Sisters in Crime where Larry is a Mister in Crime; Mystery Writers of America; and Hawaii Fiction Writers. In 2013 they waved goodbye to Severna Park, Maryland and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where they cherish quality time with their daughters and grandchildren. When Honolulu hosted Left Coast Crime in 2017, Rosemary and Larry were the program co-chairs for “Honolulu Havoc.”
Over a dozen worldwide trips to Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Great Britain, France, Italy, Israel, Egypt, and more have wormed their way into their amazing stories. In their limited spare time, they are active members of the Honolulu Jewish Film Festival committee, where Larry is the statistician and recordkeeper for their film ratings.