Author Spotlight – Pepper Anthony

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
About a year

2) What’s the shortest and/or longest amount of time it’s ever taken you to complete a book?
My novellas take about six weeks to write.

3) What is your writing schedule like?
Intermittent. I also work full time in our family business.

4) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
I am definitely an early bird.

5) Where is your favorite place to write?
I have a cozy studio in a small bedroom upstairs where I can see out to the trees and fields surrounding our home.

6) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
I like soft “new age” music in the background. Nothing with lyrics or a strong rhythm. I have a burbling water fountain going, and I like to burn incense too. Always a cat or two draped nearby and my dog at my feet.

7) Are you plotter or a panser?
I pretty much write by the seat of my pants. Plotting takes all the fun out of it for me.

8 ) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I learned that I don’t have to have the perfect environment. I can write amid chaos in fits and starts if I have to.

9) What is the most difficult or challenging thing for you as a writer?
Writing the synopsis.

10) What advice would you give to a new writer?
Don’t give up. Keep reading and learning. Find great critique partners.

11) What do you think makes a good story?
Powerful characters readers can identify with and a believable conflict we want to see them overcome.

12) What are you reading at the moment?
Lacey Wolfe’s Amber’s Muse

13) What do you do to relax?
Read and draw.

14) What’s your favorite way to procrastinate?
Definitely television. I love old movies.

15) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
Chocolate, coffee, spring water, cats, sunrises.

16) Are you a collector of anything?
Rocks. My favorites are smooth brown river rocks. I have them everywhere in my house and I even sleep with them. I think they ground me.

17) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would like to be able to manipulate time.

18) If you could be any animal, what would you be?
A sleek, wise farm cat

19) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
www.pepperanthony.com

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