JJ is delighted to welcome Sarah J Pepper to the blog today, hosted by Neverland Blog Tours.
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, unicorns, 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 is a little snug. However, it doesn’t mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit?
Please summarise Rapunzel Unhinged in 20 words or less.
Rapunzel went badass and got overhauled with a wicked hair dye job. Her white knight is anything but charming and is gun-crazy. Love be damned if these two actually find their “Happily Ever After.”
Did you do any research for your book? What resources did you use?
With fairytales I try to follow the original story as much as possible. Now, my characters tend to hijack the story in places so it’s a general overview. Internet is my friend, and since everything online is true, I’m positive my stories are spot on 😉
Who designs your book covers?
Josh Wilocoxon is my photographer, and if you have a chance to check out his work, I’d got for it. His fine arts selection is mind-blowing.
How do your characters come into existence? Do they have a bio?
I create new characters when there is a need of a “plot twist.” And since my plots are twisty, I tend to have several secondary characters. However, here are my bio’s for Rapunzel and Flynn
Alias: Zel, a Theurgist, Master of Remedy
Physical Characteristics: Signature hair and Brand Mark on skull
Significant Attributes: Dauntless
Affiliations: Iconoclast Rebels
Voted most likely to: Suffer a “tragic” accident
Alias: The Mercenary
Career: Hit man
Physical Characteristics: Tattooed-covered-body (yes, everywhere ladies)
Significant Attributes: Schemer
Voted most likely to: Kill you
Are you a panster or a plotter?
plotter–lol, yeah right. Anytime I try to follow and outline my characters scoff at me and plot their own ending.
If your book is part of a series, what is in the future?
Locks is part of a fairytale collection, but not a series.
What is your WIP?
lol, which one. I have to finish the Fate Trilogy, and Tinkerbell is having a love affair with Captain Hook in another story of mine. I’m also working on this novella series about soul hunters and I keep picturing this Snow White diddy in my imagination…. so yeah, I guess I have a few WIP.
Which authors have influenced your writing?
What are you reading now? Opinion?
Just finished The Immortal Circus (Great Faerie novel) and Cress (YA fairy tale) Both were GREAT!!!
Being a writer can be lonely. Do you have a support network?
I have too many characters in my head bugging at me, I’m rarely lonely. I also make it a point to keep an active lifestyle outside my “book work.” It can easily overtake your life, so I make sure I have a healthy balance….. one year I have 5 books come out. Yes, I was a wee bit stressed.
Who is your targetted audience? Have you written for other genres or plan to in the future?
This novel is New Adult, but I write YA and Adult as well.
What tips do you have for other aspiring writers?
Metaphorically bubble-wrap yourself. you are going to get bad reviews, hate mail, negativity, etc…. be prepared!!
Wishing you success with all your writing projects Sarah!
Gunned down by the hottest killer in the history of the Badass Archives wasn’t exactly Rapunzel’s end-game. But when her reputable extraction skills fail, she uses unorthodox methods to gain her freedom from the Mercenary, whose icy blue eyes have serious panty-dropping capabilities. Even though most girls wouldn’t fall for their would-be assassin, Rapunzel isn’t like most dames. Her major girl-boner for the Mercenary is so pathetically intense it verges on cliché.
Regardless, Rapunzel’s hands are tied. Love chooses its victims, not the other way around. She isn’t the stereotypical Damsel in Distress. Her Bad-Boy Prince Charming is a renowned mercenary, and her “Happy Ending” plays out like a bad movie. However, she is determined to find her freedom—love be damned—and she’ll do it in a fabulous pair of heels.
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