Title: True’s Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: When Trulane stepped off the bus landing smack dab in the middle of a small mountain town with no prospects or no money, she does what anyone would—finds a job and a place to sleep that won’t cost her any money. The only thing is that there is no such thing as being secretive in Estill County Kentucky—not when you’re about the only black person in the entire town.
With no knowledge that she is about to cross the only person in town that doesn’t gossip about her, True hopes that Clay, the big grumpy and very sexy mountain man won’t turn out like so many others that treat her as if she is beneath them.
CH: Today’s Guest Author is Pepper Pace. Pepper’s unique stories deal with taboo topics, such as mental illness and homelessness. Welcome to my blog, Pepper.
CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?
PP: My stories are unconventional and don’t follow the formula that many publishing houses force writers to adhere to.
CH: Where did you get the idea for this book? Was there a special reason that you decided to write this book?
PP: True’s Love takes place in the hometown of one of my most popular heroes, Lt. Christopher Jameson of Beast. I realized that I wanted to showcase more stories about the men from the mountain of Cobb Hill in Estill County. True’s Love is the second short story in Estill County Mountain Men Romance series.
CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?
PP: It wasn’t difficult to draw on real life when writing this story. I believe that often times we all want to run away and leave it all behind. True did just that, and ended up in a place where she was one of a very few black people. How she was treated is not a stretch considering history and current events.
CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?
PP: Estill County and Cobb Hill Mountain is a real place and I’ve been there several times with my boyfriend, who was born there. I got to meet the people, fell in love with the quiet and nature and it was a perfect backdrop for my Interracial series. The research I did was basically about the ‘Furnace,’ which is described in my book Beast.
CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?
PP: I don’t follow a conventional ‘formula.’ I write stories that aren’t predictable, because I enjoy reading stories that will take me through unexpected twists and turns. In my stories, you will find that romance is not just limited to billionaires, who have perfect bodies. My heroes have disabilities, face homelessness, or are survivors of assault. I write about what intrigues me and have found that my topics also intrigue others.
CH: Where do you get inspiration for your characters?
PP: I used to see people, maybe while riding the bus on my way to work, and I would wonder about their lives. I would then create a story as I explore their lives. I’m inspired by the people and events that I see around me.
CH: Who was your favorite character to write? Who was the hardest character to write?
PP: I’ve written over thirty stories and typically the story that I’m writing has my favorite characters. But I enjoy writing Jason from the Wheels of Steel series. He is young, volatile, sweet, and romantic; yet, dangerous. Writing him makes me live vicariously through him…because I’m fairly boring. The hardest character to write was also from Wheels of Steel. It was one of the supporting characters, Belinda. She lived a hard life, which I patterned after a very dear friend of mine, who passed as a young adult. At one point it was time for the character to die and it surprised me how hard it hit me. It was like I was killing my friend. I cried for two days as I tried to write the scene and eventually I just couldn’t do it. Belinda will just have to continue to live for both me and for my friend.
CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?
PP: Always. Writers think about character arcs, but I really want to create reader arcs. I want my readers to see things in a different light and to hopefully grow right along with the characters in a book. People don’t always see those in wheel chairs as romantic interests. I’m trying to change that. I’m creating characters that have terrible facial deformities, who becomes the fantasy man for many of my readers. I hope my readers see how ugly prejudice is and how beautiful it is to open yourself up for a beautiful love that is based on what’s inside and not what’s on the outside.
CH: You seem to have quite a few followers. What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of the book?
PP: I have some of the best followers ever. They encourage my quirks and give me great feedback. Beast might have brought them but they stay around for the sexy mountain men. My fans want more mountain men romances.
CH: Is Pepper Pace your pen name?
PP: Pepper Pace is the brand for my Interracial stories. If the name Pepper Pace appears on it then you know that regardless of whether it’s a romance, sci-fi or horror, there will be an element of interracial romance. My true name is Kim Chambers and with that name I’ve written The Purple World, which is a youth story. I also write under the name Beth Jo Andersen which is for my monster erotica series.
CH: Do you write in any other genres?
PP: Yes, I love writing romance, but I also enjoy writing sci-fi, horror, YA, erotica, youth, and urban.
CH: Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?
PP: I self-published my first story in 2009 but not because I wanted to. I didn’t think anyone would want to buy my stories because they were being read for free on a site called Literotica. But then one day someone contacted me and told me that one of my stories had been stolen from Literotica and was on Amazon and Smashwords. I was outdone—especially when I saw that I was getting good reviews! So I had the book removed and I put it out myself. From there, I slowly began self-publishing my backlog of stories and I’m so happy to see that my Literotica fan base followed me to the self-publishing world.
CH: If you could collaborate with any author living or dead, who would you choose?
PP: J. J. Murray. Hands down. He was the first IR/Multicultural writer that I had read and is still an inspiration to me.
CH: Are there any authors who you would consider to be your mentor?
PP: Yes! There were so many authors that reached out to help me before I ever even published my first story. Violette Dubrinsky, Sienna Mynx, Jacki Kelly, Erosa Knowles, Renee Wynn and many more. Without these wonderful ladies, I would be lost.
CH: What can we expect next from you?
PP: I’m writing several stories at once, so it’s a toss up which is going to come first. A Bubble in Time is a story about a woman in her fifties who finds herself sent back in time to the seventies. Adaptation book II is also in the works and the final book of Urban Vampire has been a work in progress for three years. This year, I hope to finish it.
CH: How to Find Pepper Pace:
- Pepper’s Blogspot: http://pepperpacefeedback.blogspot.com/
- Pepper on Tumblr: http://pepperpace.tumblr.com/
- Pepper’s Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2mj7grF
- Pepper’s Author Page: http://amzn.to/2lEqzOT
CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?
PP: True’s Love can be found on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and in paperback at Createspace.
CH: Any closing remarks?
PP: Cheryl, Thanks for the interview, it was great meeting you!
CH: Thank you so much, Pepper Pace for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience. And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book. I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience.
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