Friday, April 8, 2016

A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham Giveaway & Facebook Party & Interview (Interview added)

Series: Mitchell's Crossroads Series
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication Date: April 6, 2016
Number of pages: 308
A witty, sweet romance with memorable, honest charactersLove does not have an accent ... 

Dr. Adelina Roseland has worked ten years in research as an accent reduction specialist to attain her dream job. But a secret wager to transform Appalachian cattle farmer Reese Mitchell into corporate material challenges Adelina in ways she never expected, threatening her new position. 

For one, Adelina didn't plan for the faith and friction of Reese, or the unexpected influence of his chaotic family. Now, drawn into a culture she'd tried to forget, 
Adelina finds the warmth of family, the hope of faith, and the joy of love melting away the deep wounds of her past.

But when Reese discovers that he's a pawn in her climb up the academic ladder, will he forgive Adelina s deceit or will their miscommunication end in two broken lives? 
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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, and proud AlleyCat over at a group writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. Her debut historical romance novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015, with the second arriving in February 2016. Her first contemporary romance debuts in April 2016.


1.  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I feel like I’ve always been writing or at least having some fascination with ‘story’. I also 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 to writing, but I also believe God planted this desire for story-creating in my heart. When I was 10 my Granny bought me a typewriter and said “Because a writer needs one”.
2.  How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends on the book, I guess. Historicals should take me longer but since I’ve been under deadline lately, I’ve been writing them as quickly as my contemporaries. And because I work full-time and am a mom of five, writing happens in nooks and crannies of life. For the last few books, it’s taken about 4 months each.
3.  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Since I work during the day as a speech-language pathologist, I usually write in the evenings- usually after my youngest are in bed. I start around 9 and write until I can’t any more ;-) usually 11pm.
4.  What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m not sure. I know that I love constantly brainstorming while I write, so I’ve been very blessed to have a small group of readers/authors who help me along the story-creating journey. They’re AMAZING! (Yes, you – Carrie, Rachael W, Rachael M, Mikal, Marisa, and Meghan)
5.  Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Ideas come from lots of different places. I can watch a movie, read a book, see a news article, listen to a conversation…any and all of those have been inspirations for a novel. Real life’ also inspires when writing fiction, and I’m glad of it. I love bringing influences from the ‘real world’ into the imaginary because I think that makes the stories more relatable – whether it is through characteristics of the characters, struggles they face, or challenges they overcome.

As far as information – I do most of my research online, in books, or interview those with knowledge of the time period or profession I may need.
6.  When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I only remember the one I wrote when I was 10, but my mom says I’ve been creating stories for longer than that.
7.  What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I love spending time with my kids, reading, enjoying hikes in these beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, and listening to music.
8.  What does your family think of your writing?
My kids have been some of my best supports, only second to my parents. They’ve prayed with me before submitting manuscripts and my daughter, Lydia, is my biggest fan.
9.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That people actually liked them ;-) And that I can write more of them. That was a surprise because each time I finish another one I’m amazed!
10.   How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve finished 8 novels and have 3 more partially written – but only four have been contracted so far. My favorite contemporary is a yet to be released published novel, Just the Way You Are. My favorite historical I’ve written so far is The Thorn Keeper.
11.   Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Keep writing and try to enjoy the journey. I’ve been writing ever since I was a little girl and I started pursuing publication 11 years ago. Now, it isn’t so long for some people and longer for others, but the main focus should be on writing. I think it’s good to spend time studying craft and learning from mentors, but the real hallmark of a writer…is writing.
12.   Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I hear from a lot of readers and have received some of the sweetest personal letters, especially related to the very deep subject matter of The Thorn Bearer.
13.   Do you like to create books for adults?
Oh yes, I LOVE it!! But I also have a few YA series planned and lots of picture books.
14.   What do you think makes a good story?
Strong characters with a believable purpose – and since I write inspirational fiction, I think good stories have a spiritual thread.
15.   As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

First I wanted to be a pediatrician so I could be called Dr. Pepper, but I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I love teaching and Literature, so I thought for a  little while I’d be an English teacher…so I kind of put both professions together to become a speech-language pathologist. 

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