MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR PEPPER NORTH
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I’m Pepper North. My specialty is erotic age play romances.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I currently have thirty-seven individual books on Amazon with two offered widely across platforms and several collections. My latest is Steven: Dr. Richards’ Littles 25. Steven’s story is one that many of my fans have been asking to read. My Dr. Richard’s’ series is set in a town with a growing age play community. Dr. Richards is the physician that treats all the Littles to keep them healthy. Steven first appeared in the second Dr. Richard’s Little book and has made cameos in several books. He and his partner/boss are plumbers in the community. It’s tricky to write the story of a beloved character. As an author, I want to write a great story since fans have been waiting and hoping for their novel.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Darla Phelps’ Daddy’s Girl was the first age play book that I found and devoured. I found out later that Darla Phelps is the pseudonym of Maren Smith. I was thrilled to meet her at my first book conference that I attended last September. After Daddy’s Girl, I searched for more age play books but found only a few and many were very short – under twenty pages. So, I started writing my own.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Dr. Richards’ series was launched by an amazing character. Zoey is Dr. Richards’ Little. She appears in most of the series books. All my age play novels tell the story of a Little or in some cases Littles. Age play is a part of the BDSM spectrum. Age play Littles are adults who choose to live their lives at an age different than their chronological age. My books contain many combinations of a Little or Littles and their caretaker(s) whether that be MF, FM, MMF, MFM, MFF.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I have several that I love. Zoey: Dr. Richards’ Littles 1 holds a special place in my heart because that where my writing career began. I’m so excited to announce that Zoey’s book is currently being recorded and will become my first audiobook to be released in January.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Good golly, no! I actually put my first book out on Amazon without telling anyone. I was astounded when people bought it! Only when money was about to be deposited in our bank account, did I figure out that I was going to have to tell my husband. He was very surprised. Then, one book followed another and the age play community developed.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I write every day. I write a lot. On average I finish a book every three weeks. I have a desk but I never sit there. My cat, Scooby, loves to sit next to me as I write, so the couch has become my writing spot. I have a daily goal of two thousand words each day. Most days I make that and more.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I’m currently working on The Magic of Twelve: Primrose. This is the sixth novel in a series of droblins, or fated mates, who are magicked away at age twenty-two to join the Sorcerer who was linked to each young woman at her conception. Each novel is building to a crescendo as a threat against the sorcerers and their droblins increases.
Where do your ideas come from?
I’m lucky that I have a great imagination. Fingers crossed that I won’t run out of ideas. I have several lists of ideas for books to come.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
As an indie writer, time is my biggest enemy. There simply isn’t enough time to write, advertise, interact with fans, work with editors and cover designers, etc. I am very lucky to have a techie husband who assists me with many tasks in my writing career.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love trailers. They are often so creative. I have trailers for many of my books but not all. They can be overused in my opinion.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I love my connection with my fans. Many have become great friends. I invite anyone and everyone to contact me and I always respond.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
This is simply the best career! My favorite part of each release is the nervousness of putting a book out there and waiting to see what my fans will think of it. When the cheers of approval come rolling in, it is the best feeling.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I plan to keep writing. In ten years, you’ll probably find me on a different couch with a very old Scooby, typing as fast as possible.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Just go for it. Find what you write best and write what you would like to read.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I read my reviews – most of the time. I thank my readers for leaving reviews. Their voices are the best advertising for my books. I do not respond to individual reviews. While the bad hurt my heart, I know that people have different tastes.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Starting. My husband can attest that often I wonder if this book is going to turn out as I struggle to put all the pieces together in the beginning. By the middle, I’m usually smiling.
Where did your love of books come from?
My mother loves to read. She taught first and second grade for several years before working on advanced degrees for reading. We always had books at home and frequently went to the library.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I have a bunch of favorite authors. From Maren Smith who introduced me to age play novels to great writers like Lora Leigh, Nora Roberts, Shelly Laurenston, Carolyn Faulkner, and so many more.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have found that authors are extremely willing to share and support each other. I always ask questions and have been delighted with the candor and helpfulness that I have found. I hate to even call myself a friend of many people that I look up to so much, but I love Allysa Hart for her wonderful support, Maggie Ryan for editing for an untrained writer, Samantha Cole for all her blog articles on all things writing, and Maren Smith for getting me hooked on age play.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
I’m on lots of platforms. Please come find me!
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️