Interview with Pepper Basham

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love story creating - watching the process unfold! Wow! There's something magical about taking print on a page and transforming it into an essence of something beautiful and memorable.
What do your fans mean to you?
I want to write stories that will touch people's hearts, so fans mean a world to me. I love writing for writing's sake, but to know that 'story' can make a difference in someone's life by adding hope, humor, or a deeper understanding of bigger truths....well, that's priceless. What if we were all called to try and impact the world around us for the good in some way? Wouldn't that make our world so much better.
What are you working on next?
I have two projects in the works. The second book in the Penned in Time series and a contemporary romance that is kind of a twist between Downton Abbey and Austenland.
Who are your favorite authors?
I absolutely love Laura Frantz, Siri Mitchell, and Liz Curtis Higgs.
But I also am a fan of classics like Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien.
I also like J.K. Rowling with the Harry Potter series and for lighter fare, I enjoy Janice Thompson, Rachel Hauck, Beth Vogt, and Becky Wade
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My faith and my family.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a speech-language pathologist by day and a writer by night. So during most days I'm working with children who have speech and language disorders. I also spend time with my family. I LOVE being a mom of my 5 fantastic kids. I'm also a lover of music
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I still have the first one I remember writing. Age 10. I illustrated it too (quite poorly). It was a mystery about two children who befriend an old widow.
I quickly moved on to Nancy Drew-inspired stories
What is your writing process?
Because my life is very full of other things besides writing, I have to write in small snippets of time. I usually fit writing into little spaces (like commercials) of my life. My iPhone has become particularly helpful since it allows me to audio record and then transfers those recordings to text. That's been a huge time saver.
How do you approach cover design?
I've been blessed to have a FANTASTIC cover designer for my debut novel. She caught the mood and the heart of the story in her beautiful artwork. But I am a big stickler for a cover worth seeing because it's the first 'sale-ing' feature you have. Like attraction in a romantic relationship.
First impressions and all do count. They, of course, don't always match the content within, but they still count
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible - it reminds me about who I am in the breadth of eternity and how much I am loved
The Lord of the Rings - a magnificent journey of unlikely friendships through a remarkable storyworld
Courting Morrow Little - Laura Frantz prose are captivating and lyrical, and her characters are realistic and flawed
Redeeming Love- it was an eye opening story about how much God loves his children
Jane Eyre - wow, the story is powerful, but more than that, the sense of setting is its own character in this book
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My kindle fire, but when that fails I'll use my phone
Published 2015-04-24.
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