Interview with Pepper D. Basham & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Pepper D. Basham & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted Word

Pepper D Basham is a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and lover of chocolate. She enjoys sprinkling her native Appalachian culture into her fiction wherever she can. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC, where she works with kids who have special needs, searches for unique hats, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her group writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of Seymour Literary Agency.

Her debut novel, The Thorn Bearer, arrives on May 7th 2015 in paperback, but can be purchased in digital form on amazon now. Her first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, is slated to release later the same year. You can find her at or follow her writing antics on her Facebook page or Twitter.


Savanna:  Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Pepper! Congratulations on your upcoming debut release, The Thorn Bearer. I can’t wait to read it! 🙂 While writing this story, did you ever uncover a piece of history that really surprised you?

Interview with Pepper D. Basham & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordPepper:  Definitely! I think the two most surprising pieces were the details and massive controversy surrounding the sinking of the Lusitania. So much to uncover and discover!

The second wonderful find led into the development of book #3 in this series (Penned in Time). I live in Asheville, NC and one day while visiting some surrounding areas I discovered the existence of a WW1 German Internment Camp nearby in Hot Springs. Well….well, that changes the direction of where my characters lived and how I could bring the history of Hot Springs into the overarching storyline of this series.

Savanna:  When did you first start writing?

Pepper:  Well (said with a long southern drawl), my granny first called me a writer when I was ten years old, but I’ve been writing little stories, poems, or songs for as long as I can remember. I still have a copy of the book I wrote (and poorly illustrated) when I was 10.

Savanna:  Without giving too much away, can you share a favorite scene or quote from the book?

Pepper:  Oh heavens! Let me think. I LOVE the actual scenes related to the sinking of the Lusitania. There’s so much intensity and emotion, but I enjoyed writing (and reading) a scene between Sam and Ashleigh that happens just after the sinking in the Irish seaside city of Queenstown – from the hospital to the bedroom. Very sweet and fun!

There is a certain scene later in the book involving Ashleigh’s sister, Catherine, which I adore…and almost makes me cry! A beautiful scene of redemption, in my opinion!

Savanna:  Awww, I’m so intrigued! 🙂 Can you share with us a fond lesson and/or memory from one of the contests you’ve participated in?

Pepper:  I have always enjoyed contest judges who leave great feedback (even if the feedback was hard to swallow) because I feel like they will at least have some information to help me grow as a writer. I guess the most memorable comment I’ve received from contests is “You have a great voice. It’s unique and likable”.

Savanna:  That’s a wonderful compliment, Pepper. Especially for a writer! 😉 The tagline on your website reads Blue Ridge Romance peppered with grace and humor. What is one of your favorite places in your neck of the woods?

Interview with Pepper D. Basham & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordPepper:  On top of a mountain 🙂 I specifically love Roan Mountain, TN, but Craggy Gardens off the Blue Ridge Parkway is beautiful too – and so is Mt. Pisgah. OH what views!!!

I LOVE going back home too. Mt. Airy, NC and Hillsville, VA are my old stomping grounds (Andy Griffith country). I have a large, wonderful, loud Appalachian family back home. 🙂

Savanna:  I LOVE that area of the country. Mountains are the best!! Can you share with us a piece of writing advice that has made a difference in your career?

Pepper:  How about three? One from my prepubbed days, one from now, and one for both.

Ruth Logan Herne told me to “Write, write, write” – the only way to get closer to getting a book published is actually finishing the book.

Rachel Hauck told me (as I worried about meeting deadlines, keeping the pace, and the dreaded ‘what will people think’): just decide in your heart and mind you’re in this for the long haul and don’t worry about temporary things like awards, reviews and even sales numbers.

Just decide you’re in it one story at a time for the next 20 years. 🙂

Last, I think one of the best things we can remember as authors and as people is to “remain teachable”. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have life all figured out, so keeping an attitude of teachability in writing, living, and growing is vital.

Savanna:  That’s great advice, thank you. I’m going to write those down. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

Pepper:  Well…. I DO have another book coming out this summer, but it’s very different than The Thorn Bearer! It’s called A Twist of Faith and it is a contemporary, loose retelling of My Fair Lady set in Appalachia 🙂

It really is such a fun book! The whole series is modernizations of classics- all set in the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains.

Savanna:  What an exciting year ahead! I’m so happy for you, Pepper, and I’m thrilled to have you stop by my blog this week.

Pepper:  Thanks so much for letting me be a part of your blog, Savanna, and helping me celebrate this long-awaited moment in my life! A published book?!? Wowzers! I’m so excited to share Sam and Ashleigh’s story with readers and hope they’ll discover the beauty of forgiveness and hope in their story too.


Pepper has graciously offered to give away an e-copy of The Thorn Bearer to one lucky winner. Enter below and it could be YOU! 😉

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Thanks for entering! Contest ends May 5, 2015.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!

56 comments on “Interview with Pepper D. Basham & GIVEAWAY
  1. Amelia says:

    I live in Michigan and I am absolutely in love with the U.P. From the beautiful scenery, gorgeous waterfalls, flowing rivers, and green forests, there is no place I would rather be! 🙂 Except Heaven of course! 🙂

  2. steph j says:

    I love going to the park and just enjoying nature. Walking on trails or going to the beach.

  3. Abby Breuklander says:

    I live in Michigan not to far from one of my absolute favorite places Grand Haven on Lake Michigan, there’s just something about the beach that I’ve loved ever since I was a kid. It’s definitely my happy place!

    • Abby,
      I’ve always loved visiting the beach. It’s so calming and vast. But I have to say that the ‘sea of mountains’ in my horizon is my favorite!
      I think both can be incredibly awe-inspiring, don’t you?

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      That sounds wonderful, Abby! We don’t have many beaches like that here in Missouri. 😉 We appreciate you stopping by.

  4. Bonnie Roof says:

    Thanks for the interesting interview and giveaway opportunity, Pepper and Savanna!! Can’t wait to read “The Thorn Bearer” – beautiful story line!!

    I have always loved Appalachia, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and mountains in general – I love the ocean, also, and a dream has always been to live in a log cabin, on a mountaintop overlooking the ocean. After living in the Gatlinburg area for 11 years and experiencing the gravel/dirt roads to some of those mountaintop cabins, and witnessing winter weather that knocked out heat and electricity for days – I’ve revamped my dream to include owning a rental log cabin on a SMALL mountaintop overlooking the ocean, which I frequently visit, lol!! Guess nothing in life is perfect all the time.

    I have visited Asheville, also Hot Springs – enjoying their hot spring-piped hot tubs and dining at a neat restaurant. I had a friend from church who was an artist and visited Mt. Pisgah every fall – to paint. Would love to read a novel highlighting the history of those areas.

    Shared post!!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Bonnie! So happy you stopped in for a visit. I’m with you and Pepper…. what you described sounds sooooo nice and peaceful. Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend. Hugs!

  5. Bonnie,
    You’re talking my language. Gatlinburn, Asheville, Hot Springs, log cabins… electricity 😉 Yep, it is a somewhat random occurrence in these here mountains!
    Though, your idea of living on a mountain overlooking the sea sounds quite heavenly
    Scotland? Ireland? England? Sigh.

  6. Cathy West says:

    Ah, Rachel’s advice was great – one book at a time. I needed that reminder today, thanks for sharing it, Pepper! Congrats again on an awesome debut – I thoroughly enjoyed The Thorn Bearer and look forward to more from you!

  7. Karen says:

    I live in the great state of Oklahoma. And though I am a homebody I have traveled to different beautiful places through the books I read. I love Christian fiction and would so love to read this book by Pepper Basham.

  8. Great interview! I’ve purchased the Kindle version of The Thorn Bearer and it’s next on my TBR list. The cover is so beautiful I may have to get the paperback as well, when it comes out.

  9. Melanie Backus says:

    Thank you so much for a great interview. It was great getting to know a little bit about Peppper. I am a Texan and have lived in the Lone Star state my whole life. Their are some beautiful parts of Texas but the Blue Ridge Mountains are pretty hard to beat. Give me wide open spaces, country versus city and through in a mountain and a beautiful lake…I am a happy girl!

  10. Cheri Oggy says:

    I live in Kentucky and one of my favorite places is The Kentucky Horse Farm in Lexington, KY.

    • Cheri,
      KY is beautiful! I love driving through it and how tight together the mountains are!
      And all the lovely horse farms. Beautiful

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I’d love to see that, Cheri. I’ve driven through Kentucky many times and always enjoyed the scenery. One of these times hopefully I’ll have enough time to stop and enjoy the sights more. I tell my hubby that every time we go by. 😉 Have a great day!

  11. Maxie Anderson says:

    Hi! Thanks for hosting Pepper today. Enjoyed it. Pepper I love the Teton MTS in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Lived there 6 years. So beautiful, and especially reflecting in Jackson lakr. Also the Rocky Mts of Colorado. Your book storry sounds good. Would love to win it. Maxie

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Awww, I love Wyoming! And Colorado. Great hiking there, according to my hubby. 😉 So glad you could stop in, Maxie. Good luck in the drawing!

  12. This book seems fascinating and I would love to read it!

  13. Patty says:

    I live not to far from Pepper in Upstate SC, Just came back from my Honeymoon recently and stopped at the farmer’s market in Ashville! Beautiful country.

  14. Joan Arning says:

    I love mountains. Some of my ancestors are from the Blue Ridge Mountains!

  15. Sierra says:

    Thanks For the giveaway 😀 I have heard great things about Pepper’s book!

  16. Danielle Hull says:

    Adding this to my “to read” pile! The cover is gorgeous!

  17. bn100 says:

    the beach

  18. Natalie Monk says:

    Hi, Savanna! Hi, Pepper!

    Thanks for this fun interview! I’ve heard a LOT of good things about this book, and now I’m itching to read it!

    Congrats on your new release, Pepper! So exciting!!! 🙂

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Natalie! It’s great to have you here. I’m glad you enjoyed our interview. Hope you get to read Pepper’s book soon. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it too. 🙂

  19. Natalie,
    Thanks so much! I think my upcoming December release (A Twist of Faith) will be more along the lines of what you like to write…small town, nice southern humor? Isn’t that similar to your stories?

  20. Trixi O. says:

    I live on the Oregon coast so I would say anywhere from here to Washington State is my favorite place 🙂 It’s just such a beautiful country out here, and God’s creation really shines through. The husband and I also went to California (my first time)last May. We visited the Redwood forest, which, wow…what can I say? Creation at its finest! What spectacular place to visit, would love to go back again.
    I originally grew up in Illinois, so when I moved to Oregon it was a totally new experience for me as far as things to see and do. Where as it was mostly farm country, it’s now all forests, oceans, mountains, and wildlife! There’s no place I’ve been that I haven’t enjoyed, I don’t think. I wouldn’t trade this for anything.
    Pepper, thanks for the interview today! I first heard of you though Charity Andrews (aTransParentMom blog) and recent Face-off with her. And, I believe, she talked about “The Thorn Bearer”. Sounds like a wonderful story and that cover is just gorgeous! Now we get a chance to win a copy here with Savanna 🙂 So exciting! Thank you for the chance and blessings to you both!

    • Trixi,
      Thanks so much for the kind words. Charity is awesome! She’s been a new friend!
      I hope you have the opportunity to read it!!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I’ve only been to Oregon once, Trixi, but you painted it as lovely as I remember. I would happily go back there again someday. You’re right, it’s very different than here in the Midwest. I love it how God’s creation is so unique and beautiful in its own way no matter where you go. 🙂

      Charity has an awesome blog! Love her interviews too. How great to see the word spreading about the release of The Thorn Bearer too. Yay for Pepper! 😉 Happy Reading, Trixi.

  21. Deanne Patterson says:

    We meet again.
    I met you at Dawn’s facebook party. We drove back from our honeymoon along the BlueRidge Parkway. The scenery is just breath taking. With all the hype surrounding your book and the wonderful reviews flying in I know your book is a must read that I hope to be reading soon.By the way you should have a hat on in your picture. You look lovely in them.Savanna and Pepper thank you for the interview today. It was most enjoyable !

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      The Blue Ridge Parkway is hard to beat. 😉 Glad you enjoyed our interview, Deanne. Awww, I should have included a pic of Pepper with her famous hat. She has so many pretty ones! 🙂 That was my fault. Next time…

  22. Deanne,
    Thanks so much for your kind words. YES, the Blue Ridge Parkway scenery is so lovely!
    And…well…I guess I should have posted a hat pic. I love hats!!

  23. Savanna Savanna says:

    I just want to thank Pepper again for taking the time to stop by my blog and chat with all of us in the comments here. I’m so happy for you and excited to see what the Lord has in store for you, writing friend. Have a great weekend!

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