Author Spotlight ~ Pepper Winters
Book Crush is honored to be featuring an author who Blew. Us. Away. Get ready for a new crush. Meet Pepper Winters. **Be sure to enter the giveaway!!**
Book Crush: What were your biggest challenges in bringing your stories to life?
Pepper Winters: Probably getting to know my characters better before I start to write. I have a bad habit of writing a LOT that I delete but I find it helps me know the character deeper, but it’s heartbreaking to delete.
BC: What is the hardest thing about writing?
PW: Probably my answer above. But also the distraction of Facebook and online, and I also find it’s hard not to compare yourself to other amazing authors and I have to learn to accept that my journey is my own and everyone is different.
BC: What does your writing process look like?
PW: I get an idea and I make a note in my notebook. I then flesh out the plot with a map on where it could go. Then I start writing. My loose plot gets changed a lot along the way and it’s always exciting to see where a character will lead it.
BC: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
PW: Um… I always have to have a glass of Coke Zero for my caffeine hit. I don’t really have too many other quirks apart from deleting a bunch of words from every book.
BC: Do you ever get writer’s block?
PW: Yes. I just either start a new concept that I’m excited about or go on FB or read a book
BC: What do you do when you’re not writing?
PW: I’m either with hubby, travelling, or lying in the sun reading. To be honest I don’t have a lot of free time these days as I complete a lot of books.
BC: What inspires you?
PW: Everything and anything I get inspiration from all things and stories pop up from nowhere
BC: Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
PW: I actually suck at writing sex scenes. But I keep going over and over my work to make sure everything works so eventually I get sick of every scene. lol
BC: What is your biggest writing weakness?
PW: I hate passive writing. On my final draft I go through and delete every heard, felt, saw that I can. I find it makes my writing a lot stronger.
BC: What is your biggest writing strength?
PW: Probably description. I might go a bit overboard sometimes lol
BC: Of all your books, what was your favorite chapter or part to write and why?
PW: Um, yes my favourite chapter in Tears of Tess was the sex scene in Q’s POV at the end.
BC: My favourite chapter in Quintessentially Q was the helicopter scene.
PW: And my favourite chapter in Destroyed is when Fox meets someone who I won’t say
BC: Of all your books, what was the hardest chapter or part to write and why?
PW: Um, probably a lot of the abduction scenes with Tess. Mainly because I had to get into the head space of intense pain and hopelessness.
BC: If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
PW: I’d say Q has the most to say but he wouldn’t say anything at all that was personal as he’s incredibly closed off about his private affairs
BC: If your books were made into a movie ~ which actor/actress do you see playing:
PW: I would love to answer this question but I have NO idea. If anyone can help on this one that would be great!
BC: What are your thoughts overall on reviews good or bad?
PW: When the book is first released I read the ones on Amazon to get a taste of how the market perceives it. However, I learned a hard lesson from Goodreads when I first published and my fragile heart can’t stand it. I only go on GR is someone links me their review or I filter. I appreciate every single review, good or bad though.
BC: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
PW: Um, good question. Toughest criticism was the fact that Tears of Tess wasn’t dark enough and I was judged on that instead of the actual book. Best compliment would be the multitude of messages I receive from women saying they found the strength to approach their hubbies and ask for more in the bedroom. I love those messages
BC: What books have influenced your life most?
PW: Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone helped me find my voice as an author. I will always love her style.
BC: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor and why?
PW: Probably Laini
BC: Name an entity that you feel supported you outside of your family
PW: Oh, not sure. Just the universe. I’m a firm believer in The Secret.
BC: Do you read much and if so, who are your favorite authors?
PW: Yes I read a lot. I don’t have favourite authors but I LOVE every single book and genre.
BC: What do you think makes a good story?
PW: Anything with a good connection between the characters. I don’t care if it’s sci-fi or contemporary as long as I feel the story.
BC: When choosing a book to read, what do you look for? What grabs you?
PW: Mainly recommendations I suppose. Or a pretty cover.
BC: Favorite motivational quote?
PW: Um, love turns the impossible into possible.
BC: Favorite positive saying?
PW: Your dreams are lifes previews to coming attractions.
BC: As a writer, what is your biggest fear?
PW: That people won’t like my work. That it will flop.
BC: What are 4 things you never leave home without?
PW: My tablet, My notebook, Cellphone, Waterbottle
BC: Laptop or desktop for writing?
BC: Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
PW: Anytime works. I would love to be around a pool in some fancy hotel but alas I write in my lounge.
BC: If you had to describe yourself using 3 words, it would be…
PW: Ambitious, Perfectionist, Hard worker
BC: What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
PW: My laptop
BC: Favorite song(s)?
PW: Demons by Imagine Dragons
BC: What do you hope a reader will take away from your writing?
PW: A story that made them FEEL.
BC: Do you have anything specific you’d like to say to your readers?
PW: Just thank you so much for all their amazing support and love for my work. I’m blown away on a daily basis and love them so much.
BC: Do you have anything specific you’d like to say to the bloggers?
PW: A MASSIVE thank you for pimping me, reviewing, and being so amazingly awesome. I couldn’t deliver my books into as many readers hands without them.
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Monsters in the Dark Series
Tears of Tess Description
A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and nonconsensual sex. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.
“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”
Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.
For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.
But lusty paradise is shattered.
Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.
Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.
Quintessentially Q Description
“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… fucked up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs make a right.”
Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.
She has a secret.
I’m complicated. Not broken or ruined or running from a past I can’t face. Just complicated.
I thought my life couldn’t get any more tangled in deceit and confusion. But I hadn’t met him. I hadn’t realized how far I could fall or what I’d do to get free.
He has a secret.
I’ve never pretended to be good or deserving. I chase who I want, do what I want, act how I want.
I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But then she tried to run. I’d tasted what she could offer me and damned if I would let her go.
One secret destroys them.