Each Monday I would like to take some time to get to know some of our favorite authors. My hope is that this will help readers connect with the authors.
Today I would like to introduce you to: Pepper Basham!
Her books are always a joy to read! Pepper also writes some of the best, swooniest kisses ever! Her first romantic suspense book, The Red Ribbon, releases in October!
Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her historical romance, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge, showcases her Appalachian heritage and family history, as well as her love for humor and family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.
To help us get to know her, I have given her some questions and here are her responses:
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I’ve been writing since I was about 6 years old. Probably earlier, but for certain 6 🙂 I wrote my first novella in 12th grade and my first full-length novel during my first year of college. I went to my first writer’s conference in 2000 and entered my first writing contest in 2002. Won my first contest in 2009 and had my first book published in 2015 🙂 (all while raising 5 kids and working full-time as a speech-language pathologist)…so my journey took a lot longer than I would have planned, but God’s timing is always “on time” 🙂
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: I am currently finishing up my first split-time that releases with Barbour in April 2021! I’m LOVING IT!!! It takes place at my beloved Biltmore in Asheville, NC, and involves a storyline from 1915 and modern (2019). We also get to travel to England in this book for a little while – Lake District 🙂
Q: What are some of your writing must haves? (Drink, snack, supplies, etc.)
A: My computer. A pen and paper and lots of pictures – I’m very visual. I always have tea nearby, but don’t really have a go-to writing snack. I like all kinds of foods.
Q: What is your favorite time period to write about? Or read about?
A: I love writing in both contemporary and historical time periods. My favorite historical time period is the early late 1800s/early 1900s. I like reading the same historical time period and contemporary – especially humorous contemporary.
Q: What are some of your favorite books?
A: I have pretty eclectic reading interests. As far as more modern favorites, I automatically purchase anything by Laura Frantz, Mimi Matthews, and Denise Hunter, but I love so many more authors!! I’m a big fan of Jane Eyre, Jane Austen’s works, Frankenstein, Dracula, The Secret Garden, Little Women, and The Little Princess, as well as many others. Nonfiction, I love reading Tim Keller, Sinclair Ferguson, and am currently enjoying Tessa Afshar’s Bible study on Ruth 🙂
Q: If you could spend a day with one fictional character, who would you pick and what would you do?
A: Oh wow, what a tough question. Samwise Gamgee or Gandalf from Lord of the Rings – 1. because I’d get a chance to visit Middle Earth and 2. Both of these characters have such…character! Plus, I imagine conversations with Gandalf would be laced with humor, wit, and wisdom, while Samwise would bring in the gentle, down-to-earth goodness, and…probably good food too 😉
I have saved my favorite question for last!
Q: What would you like readers to take away from your books?
A: Hope, especially hope in God and Christ. Some of my books have more overt faith threads and some are more subtle, but the undercurrent of them all is a sense of hope and belonging because of love.
To connect with Pepper, please click on any of the following links: her website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
I’m also featuring her newest release, The Red Ribbon. It releases on October 1st! Be sure to add it on your Goodreads shelf and to order a copy!
About the book:
An Appalachian Feud Blows Up in 1912
Step into True Colors — a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime
In Carroll County, a corn shucking is the social event of the season, until a mischievous kiss leads to one of the biggest tragedies in Virginia history. Ava Burcham isn’t your typical Blue Ridge Mountain girl. She has a bad habit of courtin’ trouble, and her curiosity has opened a rift in the middle of a feud between politicians and would-be outlaws, the Allen family. Ava’s tenacious desire to find a story worth reporting may land her and her best friend, Jeremiah Sutphin, into more trouble than either of them planned.
The end result? The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre of 1912.