A Conversation with Pepper Basham

Today, the INSPY Awards warmly welcomes author, Pepper Basham. Her novel, A Twist of Faith (Southern Firefly Fiction) is on the 2017 shortlist in the Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense. Please join us in welcoming Pepper.

Pepper shares the “why” behind her writing a contemporary My Fair Lady, her fantastic taste in films and TV, and her TBR – plus more!


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? – Goodreads

Interview Questions

Photo: Warner Bros.

INSPYs: What inspired you to write a re-telling of My Fair Lady? I’m a speech-language pathologist by day and have always loved the musical My Fair Lady. Dr. Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle are such fun characters. One day, after taking a writing course about the Hero’s Journey, I was watching My Fair Lady and trying to ‘find’ some of those plot points. My mind started the whole ‘what if…’ thing and slowly the idea for a modern-day version began to emerge. It was the first time I actually used the 12 point plotting plan based on Joseph Campell’s Hero’s Journey. I love the Blue Ridge Mountains/Appalachia – and we’re always being teased about our accents around here, so I took that idea and gave it a modern-day twist 🙂 A Twist of Faith was born.

What are some of the challenges/benefits of incorporating faith in your stories? To be honest, I’m not sure I’d know how NOT to incorporate it, whether overtly or covertly. My Christian faith is my worldview, which changes the way I see everything in life, and I hope it is as pervasive in my actions. One of the first questions I ask my characters when they begin to come ‘to life’ is “What does God want to do in you through this story?” That doesn’t always have to be an overt answer on the page, but I know the answer. The benefit would be that faith brings hope wherever it goes…and since it’s my worldview, it’s easier to include it than not. A challenge? Making certain it’s authentic, digestible, and, I hope, winsome 🙂


1. What are you watching? Okay, my go-to t.v. shows? movies?

Shows I try not to miss are: Agents of Shield and Dancing With the Stars. I’m also a huge Victoria fan, Sherlock, and Poirot. As far as movies, my daughter and I have seen the new Beauty and the Beast several times at the movie theater (can’t wait for DVD). I rewatch Austen remakes and any version of Jane Eyre. I also collect LOTR paraphenalia and own every Marvel super hero movie 🙂 (yep, eclectic)

2. What are you reading or what’s on your nightstand? I’m reading Lindsay Bracket’s debut novel, Still Waters. I’m also reading a nonfiction text called Retraining Cognition (Brain injury info), AND I’m reading my crit partner, Amy Leigh Simpson’s, newest release. FABULOUS characters and intense suspense. I hope to read Becky Wade’s newest because it looks phenomenal! And I’ve downloaded all of Amber Lynn Perry’s books onto my kindle to read them soon. TBR lists are terribly patient 🙂

Faceoff Questions:
  1. Print or Ebook? Print!
  2. Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate? Dark Chocolate (EVERY TIME)
  3. Call or Text? Texts are easier, but I love hearing people’s voices.


As a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pepper Basham enjoys sprinkling her Appalachian culture into her fiction writing. She is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romances, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and a lover of chocolate. She resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her family. You can learn more about her at her website (PepperDBasham.com) or connect on Facebook or Twitter.

Thanks so much for joining us on the INSPYs blog today, Pepper. It was a pleasure to host you and spotlight A Twist of Faith.

  • Barbara Brutt

    YESSSSSSSS, I love dark chocolate and watching Dancing with the Stars, too! 🙂 I always like when I share similar interests with authors. Heheh.

  • Yay, Pepper!!! I’m going with both on the chocolate question because variety 😉