The Monday Muse
Today I have a special guest author feature starring, Sarah J. Pepper and her innovative novel ~ Forgotten ~ part of The Fate Trilogy.
- Publisher: Neximus Publishing (5 Oct 2012)
His perseverance unnerved me, scrutinizing my every move like a twisted guardian angel. Jace waited patiently for me to join him. Like he knew my defiance would crumble under his intense gaze, which was exactly why I avoided him…until twilight. He hijacked my dreams and proved to be a different kind of nightmare – unhinged, rebellious, and dangerously mouth-watering.
“Escape from reality, Gwyneth. Sometimes life can be too painful to live in, even for immortals,” Jace whispered in my dream. His heat, fervor, and unrelenting confidence resonated around me when he closed the gap between us. His lips hovered above mine, waiting for me to give into him.
Gwyneth’s chronicle began long before she witnessed her family being brutally murdered and lost her sight. Living as an orphan, her world is anything but black and white. She sees her vivid future that promises suffering and death. Cursed with these visions, Gwyneth pretends to be like everyone else, until a dangerously charismatic, young man walks into her life. From the moment Jace lays eyes on her, he refuses to believe Gwyneth is normal. He knows information about her past that only a psychopathic stalker could dig up. He reveals her dirty secrets. Unbeknownst details of Gwyneth’s former life unfurl.
Unsure of what to believe, Gwyneth searches for answers that lead to her inconceivable fate. However, the ancient truth she uncovers is more dangerous than any high school romance she’d bargained for. Gwyneth is drug into an inevitable battle brewing between immortal Gods and ageless Hunters – both of which have sworn to swear to kill her if deemed necessary.
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Sarah J. Pepper lives in South Dakota with her real-life prince charming. At a young age, she fell for paranormal books and now incorporates that genre with the romance that thrives in the hearts of us all. When she’s not storytelling, she’s most likely biking, hoarding chocolate, or taking a bubble bath. Get a glimpse inside her head at www.peppersreadingcorner.com
Hi Sarah, thanks for joining us today @ Bella Harte Books.
Firstly can you tell us a little about yourself?
I specialize in dark, paranormal romance – think “happy ever after” but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn’t only filled with hugs, kisses, bunnies, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of – both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn’t always on time, and the glass slipper doesn’t fit. However, it doesn’t mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit?
What inspired you to start writing novels for your chosen genre?
Ever since I can remember, I’ve had my nose in books. Cover after cover, I absorbed the characters’ triumphs and failures instead of putting down the darn thing and going to bed. I loved reading, but never thought I’d have a future in the “book business” for the simple fact I struggled with spelling. I hated English class and thought my teacher lost her marbles and was out to get me. I stumbled onto a collegiate magazine contest (my piece about basic training was submitted by my English professor) Surprise surprise, I won the descriptive essay. But even then I was more concerned with my bachelor degree in Exercise Science. In a world full of dumbbells, spell check was not a big part of my life…
My idea of writing didn’t start until a dear friend forced me to watch Twilight with her. Sparkling vamps? Give me a break. But I humoured her, thinking that any night I had an excuse to shove popcorn down my throat was a good night. Within three days following the movie I finished the first two books. Soon after I found a few different authors specializing in the sci-fi/fantasy realm and read their works. Days turned into months about as quickly as I turned each page in the books I finished. Soon I had a dilemma. My favourite authors weren’t coming out with their newest works for another several months. A light bulb went off in my head…
Without getting into the specifics, my first novel “Forbidden Beloved” was a monstrosity at 174,000 words. It was wonderfully boring and had no personality. I can’t tell you how many times I revised that baby until it shined with dynamic characters, unexpected twists, and unbelievable addictive love scenes. I cut the novel in half with all my edits.
Are there any other genres you’ve written?
I pretty much stick to romance – it branches out to fantasy and paranormal from there. Nevertheless, everything I write has a romantic element to it.
Have you published any other novels, if so can you share the details?
I released 5 novels last year. Devil's Lullaby, Death's Melody (Book #1&2 of the Ringer's Masquerade Series) Forgotten (#1 of the Fate Trilogy) Fallen Tears (stand alone) These are my teen novels. I also write adult Forbidden Beloved and Archangel (Roxy Gallagher Series)
Are you working on anything new right now?
“Twisted Games” the second novel in the Fate Trilogy.
What inspires you to write?
I grew up watching Simpsons and Star Trek... Combo those two and it was an unstoppable force that allowed my imagination to explode. As I grew older I enjoyed reading the Anamorphs Series and dabbled in romance novels... Science-fiction, paranormal, and romance have practically been embedded into my genes. To write any other genre at this point would be futile. I write what I understand and know. My passion lies in the supernatural world. If I stopped writing, I’d be that crazy lady in the corner talking to herself.
Can you offer any advice to the fledgling authors, just starting out?
Concentrate on one thing at a time. If you are writing, then just write. If you’re trying to market, then just market. Taking it piecemeal helps keep your sanity.
Never give up. My first book was 174,000 words long and horrible boring. I adapted and edited until my fingers were sore and cracked. If you are serious about wanting to hold your book in your hands, learn from the “no’s” given by agents and publishers. Hunt down that “yes” until you’ve “tricked” one into taking you on.
What is your all-time favourite novel?
Hitch Hicker’s Guide to the Galaxy
How do you come up with the Titles for your novels?
I HATE COMING UP WITH TITLES!!! Seriously, it’s the hardest thing. Some authors just love it – putting a name to their work. I cringe at the thought and usually let other people name them for me.
When working on your current novel, were there any moments when you thought:- OMG what am I doing?
Ummmm, everyday?? There comes a point in the paranormal realm where you just start thinking OMG I’ve completely lost it. Normal people don’t think this way.
Do you have a day job, other than writing?
Yep. People have this romantic idea that all authors have it easy and just sit at their computer and write. But most are “the struggling writer.” Few actually “make it big.”
What is your preferred method of writing:- The plot pre-planned from day one, or just go with the flow and see what happens next?
My fingers do all the work for me. If I have an idea of what the story-line might be, my characters usually hijack the story and turn it into something else completely.
Are there any tips or tricks you use to get to know your characters?
I try to put as much of myself into them. I think about my family and friends.... as the story continues, they will usually reveal themselves to you.
If you don’t like a character you’re writing about, what do you do?
a. Kill them off instantly
b. Get over it and learn to like them
c. Give them a whole new personality
d) give them a bigger part in the story. People love to hate. If i have a real connection with a character, regardless if it is good or bad, I’ll try to exploit that. My ‘bad characters’ usually give my stories interesting twists.
Do you like to write while listening to music and if so, does your book have particular playlist you’d like to share?
I’m currently into a mix between nickleback, keska, theory of a deadman, and symphony soldier
If you were stranded on a distant planet:- which of your characters would you like to be marooned with and why?
Lol, the leading lady in any of my books. Most of my novels are in first person, so I’m usually quite infatuated with the heart-throb, eye-candy she’s attracted to.
Which type of book do you prefer to read?
b. paperback – i tend to bend pages. The more wrapped the book, the better the read. If i’m really into the story, i tend to clench the pages of the book and bend the spine. Most of my beloved novels look like they were run over by a dump-truck.
Do you have any input in the Cover design of your novel?
With Forgotten, yes I had a lot of input. We did a model search and shoot for it. I got to pick out the people who looked most like the imaginary people in my head. It was unreal insane meeting my characters in “real life.”
What is the best thing about writing for you?
It gives me an escape from reality and do what i love.
What is your favourite genre to read at the moment?
Always romantic novels.
Who’s your greatest inspiration to date?
The Hush Hush series. After reading the first book, I closed the cover and said. “Self, I want to write like that.” And so I did... 19 days later I have finished Devil’s Lullaby. A month after that I had seven publishers offering me a contract.
Which of the following suits you best?
a. Thrill Seeker
b. Mildly Meek
c. Totally Chilled
Apart from writing, do you have any other hobbies?
Everything outdoors. If i can climb it, swim it, bike it, or outrun – out throw – or outhit it, i’m into it.... Adrenaline Junkie.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Morning, but i write best at night.
What’s your least favourite part of the writing process?
FINAL EDITS! I’m not a strong speller and my grammar is less than desirable...
How many hours a day do you dedicate to your writing?
I usually do 3-4 hours, depending on the day...
Are you a:
a. Laptop Writer
b. Desktop Writer
c. iPad Writer
d. Pen and Paper Writer
If you didn’t write, what would you do instead to fill the creative void?
Pictures. I’m a scrap booker.... although I might get into taste testing.... hmmmmm
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Greece. I’m HUGE into classical mythology... which you’ll find out quickly if you read Forgotten. It’s based on the three fate sisters of the mythology. You might recall them from the Disney movie Hercules – they are the three, creepy witches who try to cut Herk’s thread of life.
Who would be your dream cast if your novel was made into a movie? Paul Wesley... you put any one next to him and you’ll have something great.... hmmmm, what hot, dang eye-candy
If you had a choice, which would be your preference: Your books serialised, a la Vampire Diaries style or made into movies, a la Twilight style? I think my previous answer pry answered why, lol.
Tell us one thing that no-one else knows about you. ... ummmmm
If there was an apocalypse, would you want to go up in the middle of it, or be a post-apocalypse survivor and live without the creature comforts that we are so used too? OMG ULTIMATE Adrenaline Junkie HERE!! Hands down I’d want to be a survivor. Give me a gun and I’d love to kill some zombies or live like my ancestors did.
What is the one book you can’t live without?
J Devil’s Lullaby. I’m quite fond of that novel.
I hope you've enjoyed this special feature on this musing Monday and if you've read Sarah's novel, let us know what YOU think - as I see it has an awful lot of rave reviews on the web.
I've just added it to my TBR list at Goodreads and look forward to getting stuck in!
I'll be back on Wednesday with 'The Silver Moon' Blog Tour, if not earlier if something else arises on my blogging horizon.
So until then, keep cool and get the hammock out