Published Author and Optioned Screenwriter
Peggy Bechko , aka P.A Bechko is author of fourteen novels that have been sold to major publishers in several genres; western, romance and SciFi/fantasy: Blown To Hell, The Winged Warrior, Cloud Dancer, Dark Side of Love, Stormrider, Gunman’s Justice, Sidewinder’s Trail, Hawke’s Indians and more. Published in hardcover, paperback, audio and Ebook formats, her books have been published with Doubleday, Harlequin, Pinnacle and Thorndike Press as well as The FictionWorks (www.fictionworks.com) online and others. Her books have been reprinted internationally and currently Peggy is anticipating the release of her book, Stormrider, by publisher Zorba in hardcopy edition on the Indian subcontinent in 2011 which will include publication in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Her spec screenplays have been optioned domestically and abroad, her screenplay titled Replica (formerly Spitting Image) climbed to a high ranking place in two well-known competitions while one of her short stories, Skykicker took two first place prizes in competition. She’s also written a produced episode of a 1/2 hour animated series, Diabolik, for Saban Entertainment.
Peggy is also a ghostwriter having ghosted a full-length movie script, a screen treatment and a non-fiction book. She’s published articles with her own byline (travel articles, articles on writing, biographical article) in a number of areas digitally and in hard copy.
Over the years Peggy has taught writing in different venues as well. On the ground she’s taught workshops locally. Online, she’s taught Romance writing with UCLA Online Extension and she is currently putting together a new class to be taught online.
Awards and Acknowledgements:
Replica (formerly Spitting Image) placed in the quarterfinals of the Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting
Semi-finalist of the Writers Foundation sponsored America’s Best screenwriting competition.
2007: First Place Writer In The Machine Short Story Contest – “Skykicker”
2003: First Place Art Affair Literary Contest – Western Short Story – “Skykicker”
Judge for Western Writers of America’s Golden Spur award in 1980’s