My Writing Process Blog Tour Stop

by Pepper on March 10, 2014

Hey Everybody!

My author friend, Amy Lamont, tagged me the other day to take part in this “My Writing Process” Blog Tour. Amy and I first “met” several years ago in the RWA online chapter and have been crit partners ever since. Sadly, she lives on one coast and I live on the other. One of our favorite fantasies is to someday meet in person and have a days-long plotting party, enhanced with plenty of wine and chocolate.

joyfullyyoursAmy’s debut novella, Joyfully Yours, was a real hit with readers last Christmas, and I happen to know she’s got a couple more great stories in the works at this very moment. Here’s the link to find out more about Amy’s book.

And now the down-low on My Writing Process:

What are you working on at the Moment?
I’m currently writing an interracial erotic novella featuring a Native American hero and an African American heroine. The story of two childhood friends reunited, Hawk’s Promise will be self-published later this spring.

How Does Your Work Differ From Others in the Genre?
I know romances are all about the fantasy, but I enjoy writing characters with realistic feelings and concerns, realistic thought processes. For example, my last heroine, Amber, (Amber’s Fantasy), had a secret fantasy about trying a menage, but she never intended to act it out. When she did finally get the chance, she didn’t just jump right in and enjoy herself like many romance heroines seem to do. Oh she partied all right, but not without experiencing what I felt was realistic angst both during and after the experience. 

Why Do You Write What You Do?
We all have a naughty side. Writing as Pepper lets me explore that part of my own makeup.  Not that I’d be caught dead in a menage or any of the other erotic situations I write about. 🙂

How Does Your Writing Process Work?
I usually get a seed of an idea and sit with it awhile.  I play the “what-if” game with it. If the idea begins to grow and take on a life of its own, I make notes. Usually characters just kind of show up and slip into their roles. At that point I start drafting. I don’t outline but I do make notes at the beginning of each scene . Every time I sit down to write I read over and edit what I last wrote, so when I’m done, the story is very close to being ready to submit. A final read-through and polish, and then it goes to my critique partners. I still work full time at my day job, so working on my writing is relegated to early mornings and weekends. Someday the days will be all mine. 🙂

~ Pepper
Let’s read something spicy!

Hey, don’t forget, two more author friends will be hopping along behind me next week, March 17th. Be sure and check out their posts. 

Ella Jade creates sexy, dominating men and the strong women who know how to challenge them in and out of the bedroom. She believes in the HEA.

Patricia Bates is an avid reader and writer. She currently lives in British Columbia with her family. Find her at:

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Amy Lamont March 10, 2014 at 9:32 am

Pepper, I think you do a great job writing realistic characters. Love hearing about your writing process!


Pepper March 10, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Thanks for stopping by, Amy!


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