I’m SO excited to introduce you to my friend, Pepper Basham! Her newest book, Just The Way You Are, just released this month and oh my goodness. If you love romance with some comedy in it, you need to read Pepper’s book! I had the honor to be a part of the Love at First Laugh novella collection with her, so am so excited to introduce you to her!
Without further adu– a little chat with Pepper!
KRISTA: I know I always tease you about this. But SERIOUSLY, Pepper. Do you ever have plans to be a Doctor? And if you do, is it for professional reasons or because you want to be Dr. Pepper? We all REALLY want to know this. (Okay. Fine. I really want to know this!)
PEPPER: HAHA!!! Yes, for both reasons. I’d love to get my PhD one day in…hmm…probably counseling because I’d really like to be able to counsel families impacted by Autism in one way or other – either child, parent, spouse, etc. And…I mean, how cool would it be to have the title Dr. Pepper???
KRISTA: FAVORITE part of writing books.
PEPPER: Creating them(the whole brainstorming stuff) and then having people love them too. That is like icing on the cake, you know what I mean? It’s amazing and rewarding to have people fall in love with the same things I did while writing the stories.
KRISTA: FAVORITE book you have read so far this year.
PEPPER: I really liked Kristen Heitzmann’s novel, Told You So. It was funny and edgy with some redemptive themes. I’m excited to start Mikal Hermann’s upcoming release. It’s next on my list. In fact, I hope to start it as soon as I finish this interview :-)
KRISTA: Explain to us what exactly you mean by “Britallacian” when you’re describing Just The Way You Are.
PEPPER: Britallachian is a novel which highlights two cultures in a engaging way. In this case, I’m having a culture clash between the British culture and the Appalachian culture. Even though Appalachian came out of the Scots-Irish tradition, there are lots of differences that have developed over time. It’s fun to set those two worlds together on the same page and see what happens.
KRISTA: Okay, let’s say everyone here loves you as much as I do and runs off and reads your book, and thinks it is amazing. Will there be more Pleasant Gap romances in the future? If so, WHEN so we can all put it on our calendars?
PEPPER: Well, I have every hope that you’ll see the next Pleasant Gap book this fall, When You Look At Me. I’m working on it right now! AND for those who want more, my second Mitchell’s Crossroads book comes out in November. It’s called Charming the Troublemaker.
Krista: I’m here to testify that her FIRST Mitchell’s crossroads book, A Twist of Faith, was awesome! Okay, so where can we find out more about you online???
PEPPER: My website has lots of good info: www.pepperdbasham.com but I’m really active on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/pepperdbasham/ . I’m also a grateful Alleycat at the writing blog The Writer’s Alley AND I’m on Instagram Pepper Basham (@pepperbasham)
KRISTA: THANKS sweet Pepper for joining us today!!
Let’s Chat! – I KINDA want to ask which would you prefer: Dr Pepper or a green pepper. Feel free to answer to that to make me giggle. Otherwise, anyone have questions for Pepper??