Author Interview: Pepper Winters
Would you tell something to us about your book?
Tears of Tess is my debut and I like to think it’s a story about redemption and finding the perfect other, even if fate sometimes seems to have a sick way of bringing you together. Tess is a very strong heroine, and Q, well I don’t know how to describe Q. He’s delicious, he’s dark, he isn’t quite human in his desires.
How did you come up with the story?
Tess came to me very strongly. I just went along with the ride. I didn’t really come up with it. Q evolved from a horrid anti-hero with no redeeming qualities to someone who is deserving of a women like Tess. I like to think they belong together.
When did you start writing?
I started writing Tess in July 2013, but I started writing a bunch of other stories which completely sucked four years ago. I can still remember the moment I woke up one morning and turned to hubby and said, I’m going to write a book. It was random, but I’m so glad I chased my dream.
Who or what inspires you?
Everything inspires me. Travel. Food. Music. Watching people. I have a notepad with me at all times and jot things down. I’ve just come back from a trip away in Thailand and I came away with a perfect story line for a new book I’m working on called Last Shadow.
Which is your favourite book series or book?Why?
I don’t really have a favourite as I have such diverse tastes. But I would probably have to say my favourite writer would be Laini Taylor and her series Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Her writing is gorgeous.
Which is your favorite movie?
Princess bride is an all time love, and I also really like classics like Jurassic Park and Matrix. Plus rom coms of course.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?
Write and write and write some more. Don’t publish your first draft. Get critique partners. Hire an editor. Never scrimp on your cover.
What kind of music do you like?
All depends on the scene I’m writing. Sometimes depressing to get into the headspace of my character, sometime passionate, sometimes upbeat. I go with the flow J
Did you ever want to be a mystical creature?
Yes. I would love to have wings so I could fly and no longer have to pay for airplanes to go on holiday J
How and when did you decide that you’d like to publish your book?
I wrote Tess knowing I would publish it. I started the first draft on the 2 July 2013 and pressed publish on the 28th August 2013. I was only able to do that from spending years learning my craft and working 14 hour days to get it done. Not to mention a super supportive husband
Do you have a message for my blog’s followers?
Just a message of huge thanks for liking my work, for sharing my words, for the messages, and love they send my way. I love each and everyone of them and I’m honoured to share some space on their kindles and bookshelves.
Reading Order: Monsters in the Dark series
one (1) ebook copy of Quintessentially Q
A signed copy of Quintessentially Q (Open internationally)