Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hillary E. Peak - Wings of Hope - Author Interview

About the Book

The letter said he was dying, that’s all Jules Weinstein knows when she leaves her life in San Francisco and moves to New York City to be with her father. She goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel or saved the life of a Black Panther. Wings of Hope is a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life. Little does she know that by getting to know her father, she will find herself. While her father struggles with whether his life was meaningful, Jules discovers that her father’s last gift to her is the ability to reach for her dreams. Her journey teacher her that “the goodbye” is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life.

Author Interview

1. Who is your favorite character?

2. Why is he/she your favorite?
Because she is who I'd like to be. She's just at the point of figuring her life out, and she has the guts to leave her comfortable, but unfulfilling, life behind to try for her dreams.

3. How did you come to create him/her?
This story is based on my father and his life stories. This character is based on a conversation I wish I'd been able to have with my father. When he was already gone, my mother told me that they had talked about how much I was like him in my desire to do something important with my life. He gave my mother a lot of insight into my drive and ambition--things I really wish he'd imparted to me. So, I made up the conversations I wish we'd been able to have.

4. When did he/she first enter your mind?
Initially, writing down these stories was just a guide for me in sharing them with my daughter as she grew up. The entire idea of the novel kind of took shape as I wrote these stories down. Jules came to me as a venue of sharing these stories. I needed someone for my dad to talk to.

5. Where was he/she given life in the creative process?
Pretty close to the beginning of the process, but she has evolved with the story.

6. What do like the most about him/her and what do you dislike the most about him/her?
What I like most is her guts and determination. What I like least is her lack of confidence in herself and her talent.


Wings of Hope can be purchased at:

Price: $9.99 paperback, $2.99 ebook
ISBN: 9781466312197
Pages: 226
Release: December 2011

About the Author

Hillary Peak is a recovering idealist. She became a lawyer to change the world and is still somewhat shocked that didn't occur. Now, her goal is to retire from practicing law and write novels that people love. She is currently a practicing attorney in the District of Columbia. She lives with her family in Alexandria, VA.

Connect with Hillary:
Web Site
Tribute Books Blog Tour Site


  1. Thank you so much for having me today! Hillary

  2. Connie, thanks for featuring Hillary today. After reading the book, the interview brought out so much more out of the novel for me and just how personal a story it is to Hillary.

  3. You're very welcome, Hillary & Nicole.