Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Interview & Giveaway ~ Pepper Basham, author of A Twist of Faith

 UPDATE: Giveaway ended - WINNER is Ceil Ryan!

Welcome, Pepper! Rebecca and I are delighted to have the opportunity to share with our readers a little about you and your new contemporary story, A Twist of Faith.

Tell us a little about yourself and your writing journey.

Well, I come from a long line of Appalachian storytellers, so I grew up listening to my Granny give oral history back 5 or 6 generations. I think that was one of my early influences, but I do believe it is a God-given desire. I still have my first ‘long’ story I wrote when I was 10 years old but my mom says I was telling/writing stories years before that one.

And since I’ve kind of lived in a little ‘fairytale’, with a brain-full of stories since then, I finally started writing them down in novel format. It’s been a long journey, but I’ve met some of my favorite people along the way.

My favorite part of my life, besides my faith, is my family. I’m the wife of a music minister and mother of five amazing kiddos. Oh my goodness, I have some of the coolest kids and I love learning with them and from them. I’m also a speech-language pathologist with a specialty area in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

What do you think makes a good story?

Strong characters striving to grow through hardship in a story that ends with hope. (Basically) Good writing, plausibility, and all those other wonderful writing tools frame the skeleton of that statement, but at the heart it’s about characters who grow from one place to another in such a way it moves us – and in the stories I like to read, gives us hope. 

Where is your favorite place to write?

I love writing snuggled up on the red couch in our den, with a blanket over my lap, hot tea by my side, and my laptop. Mind you, this ‘place’ doesn’t happen until LAAATE at night, but for the 20-30 minutes I have it, I enjoy it.

What’s the one food item you can’t live without?

Chocolate. In any form. But dark chocolate is my favorite.

Are you a flip flop or barefoot kind of gal?

NO FLIP FLOPS. Yuck. My toes cannot handle them! I’ll go barefoot. 

Where can readers connect with you online?


Thanks for being here, Pepper! I can’t wait to read your book. I know Rebecca highly recommends all your books. :-)

And Thank You, Rebecca, for contacting Pepper about the interview & giveaway! 
Okay, Y’all! Pepper has graciously offered to give away an e-copy of her book, A Twist of Faith, to one of our blog followers. Just answer the following question:  What classic story would you like to see retold in a contemporary setting? Also, don’t forget to leave an email address in the following format – you[at]here[dot]com -- so I can contact you in case you are the winner! Ends April 19th!!!


  1. Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer the interview questions, Pepper! And I know we ALL appreciate the opportunity to win a book. :)

  2. Anne,
    It's my pleasure to share about this fun story!! I hope people enjoy it :)

  3. Hi Pepper and Anne! I love hearing about how people become writers. I can just 'see' you at your laptop late at night! You must be so motivated to write, I think I'd collapse in a heap after work and five kids. Phew :)
    If I win, you can email me at:
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Ceil, I do love to write - but it's been a tough year trying to manage the marketing addition to the writing world. I hope God will allow me to go part-time in my day job at some point so I can spend more time writing :-)

    2. Hey Ceil, I get worn out just reading how so many of the authors successfully juggle, home, children and writing, and tons of other stuff. It seems overwhelming. They can sure use our prayers!

  4. Anne and Pepper, I enjoyed the interview. Thank you for sharing. Pepper is a busy, busy person. It must be difficult to find time to write. I wonder if it would be feasible to write a modern Little Women story. That's the only idea I can come up with.

    1. I love that idea!! Not sure if I could pull that off, Kay, but it's a great idea :-)

    2. Oh, I like that idea! Little Women is one of my favorites.

  5. I would like to see Beauty and the Beast retold. Or a modern day Cinderella.

    1. Hi Jan, Melanie Dickerson has written a FAIRY TALE ROMANCE SERIES. You might enjoy her books. PLEASE come back and leave your email address so you can be contacted if you are the winner.

  6. I'm really looking forward to this book!
    What about a modern day retelling of the book of Ruth...


  7. I'd love to read a modern day twist on The Count of Monte Cristo!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

  8. Hi Anne!
    Visit my blog to see what you've won! :)
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Writer In Transit

  9. Little women in a modern setting. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom.

    1. Kim, that would be a great modern story to remake!


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