About the Author
Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus. Her debut historical novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015 and has garnered awards such as Reader’s Favorites Award, finalist in the Grace Awards, shortlisted for the Inspy Awards, and most recently a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards. Her second historical novel, The Thorn Keeper, released in Feb 2016 and her first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, released in April 2016 with a 4 star review from Romantic Times. The third book in the Penned in Time series, The Thorn Healer, released in December 2017 with a 4 1/2 star review from RT and Top Pick rating.
Pepper’s first novella arrived in March as part of a Love at First Laugh novella compilation and her novel, Just the Way You Are, releases on April 6th – a funfilled Britallachian romance! Both books are up for preorder on Amazon.
Sydney, it is ALWAYS a pleasure to be a part of your blog! You're such a great encourager...AND I'm thrilled to get to introduce you to two of my favorite people in fictionland...Wes Harrison and Eisley Barrett.
1. What are some of your favorite books/authors?
Oh my goodness, there are so many to list! Let me choose a FEW of my favorites - how about that? I LOVE lots of different books. As far as classics, I really enjoy Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, LM Montgomery, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Mary Shelley, and Louisa May Alcott. More modern 'classics' on my shelf are books by Laura Frantz, Siri Mitchell, Denise Hunter, Deanne Gist, and Julie Lessman.
2. What is your favorite show to binge watch?
Victoria, Downton Abbey, Christy, Poirot...um...I have a historical bent, I see.
3. What inspired the story for Just the Way You Are?
Um...not sure! I suppose it all started when I was watching an interview with actor Richard Armitage. He was such a kind, gentle-man, it made me wonder...what kind of woman would a guy like THAT be looking for?
A week or so later, I was washing the dishes, closed my eyes, and saw this red headed woman toting a pink bag through Heathrow International Airport. Once I figured out who she was, I asked her "Why are you in England?" As the answer began to emerge, I realized...SHE was the perfect match for my brooding, British hero!
4. What is up next for you in the writing world?
Well, I'm pleased to say that my second book in the Mitchell's Crossroads series is coming up in November. I hope to have a historical and contemp novella arriving in 2018 along with the second book in THIS series. Other than that...I'm just waiting to see what God wants to unveil next :-)
5. What do you want readers to take away from reading Just the Way You Are?
God dreams BIG for his kids - much bigger than our vision. We give up too quickly, but His plans for our lives may lead through valleys of heartache, but he's certain to bring us to places of joy as we learn to trust more and more in Him.
Character Sketch of Eisley Barrett and Wes Harrison
Thanks so much for letting me hang out with you and talk books and romance and...maybe even a little swooniness. You know how I love those topics ;-)
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