And, she will delight our CCC Blog readers with a great interview and book giveaway!
I introduce to you, Pepper....
Pepper shares that she wrote her first story when she was a nine year- old, freckled-faced tomboy in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Coming from a long line of oral storytellers, weaving a good yarn seemed a typical part of her life.
She lives with her husband and five children in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where her husband is a pastor of music. As a language-speech pathologist, she enjoys hanging out with kids who have Autism, which continually challenges her to think outside the box!
1. What inspired your latest story idea?
I started Ashleigh’s story as a combination of a situation in my past and the overcoming story of a dear friend of mine. The problem was – I had a strong character and a pretty solid premise, but no real plot ☺ So…one day I noticed a story about the Lusitania and that spearheaded a great idea of showing my heroine’s internal tragedy through the external tragedy of the Lusitania! I’m so thankful. I love bringing this era of history to life in this story.
2. What is your favorite characteristic about your story’s hero and heroine?
I love Ashleigh’s compassion. I think what keeps her moving forward is an inner strength and an overwhelming sense of compassion.
For Sam? Oh gee, there are so many things to like about him. I particularly love his humor, gentleness, and faithfulness (is 3 okay ☺)
3. Please tell us about the spiritual theme of your story you hope challenges every reader:
I hope people will see the power of forgiveness, even when the person who inflicted the pain doesn’t ‘deserve’ forgiveness. That’s the hardest kind, but it is also the kind shown to us by Christ.
4. Jaime & I are coffee addicts. Erica & Gabrielle are tea lovers. What about you? Coffee, Tea?
Definitely tea! English Breakfast is my favorite!
5. Favorite historical movie? Or mini-series?
I love the BBC North & South, Pride and Prejudice, OR Jane Eyre. See, you have for a ‘favorite’ and I just can’t pick ONE! There are too many wonderful ones from which to choose
6. While Jaime loves to take selfies, and Erica loves museums, I love Pinterest and food pics. Share a food pic, a favorite family recipe, or link us to your latest pin on Pinterest.
When I went back to check what my latest pin was…um…this was it ☺
And I love to cook! And some time I’ll have to share my Dark Knight Chocolate Torte recipe. (Oh, please do share, Pepper!!)
Oh, I’ve been making up stories ever since I was a little girl. I’m sure I was inspired by my story-telling granny, because oral storytelling is definitely a part of the Appalachian culture. My granny called me a ‘writer’ for the first time when I was ten! Definitely a memorable moment for me.
8. Favorite century to read? To write? To watch on TV or in a movie?
Again, ‘favorite’ is a tough one! I have a particular fondness for contemp movies that have an ‘old’ feel OR movies that are anything 1800s to late 1910s (European, not American). Late Regency, Victorian, Edwardian.
9. Favorite heroine of all time, and why?
Some of the most memorable heroines for me are those that make me laugh or feel. I love the restrained intensity of Eleanor Dashwood’s personality in Sense and Sensibility, Elizabeth Bennet’s wit, or Jane Eyre’s subdued passions. I love Hermione Granger’s full personality and Morrow in Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz, but I equally fall in love with Sandra Bullock in While You Were Sleeping or Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail.
Thanks for sharing with us today, Pepper!!
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.Nurse Practitioner by day.Wife, mother, writer by night.Coffee drinker--any time.