Crime, Family, and Publishing: Pepper Anne’s Road to Bestseller

July 11, 2024

Join Jenn Foster co-owner of Elite Online Publishing, as she interviews author Pepper Anne, the acclaimed author behind the true crime book, “The Notorious Texas Swindler: The Mastermind Behind the Grayson County Five.” Pepper Ann takes us on a gripping journey through her extraordinary process of uncovering family secrets, researching, and writing her debut book.

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What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

  • Writing Process

  • Marketing the Book

  • Traditional vs. Self-Publishing


“And once I started researching, I uncovered what I found to be a crime ring here in the state of Texas. And there was not a serious investigation when all of this came about. So that’s what sparked my interest, is exposing something that needs to be seen and told.” (01:48)

“I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to get into libraries, because they usually only want traditionally published books.” (09:48)

“People tell me when they read it, they go in, there’s so many twists and turns in it, and they tell me, oh, I didn’t like him. But then I started to realize I kind of like him a little, and he was a victim.” (17:18)

About Pepper Anne:

Pepper’s first book, The Notorious Texas Swindler, focuses on a well-researched and documented piece of family history, her cousin, Bob Leach. He was a cattle rustler turned con man, who was the leader of the Grayson County Five in Texas. Leach and four other inmates escaped the tiny jail in Sherman in 2001.

Pepper had diligently worked with private investigators, which helped flush her narratives with detailed excellence in her true crime books. She has protected her identity because there are people not too happy that she published this story, warning her to stop and hacking her computer, but she refused to give up. Her life and her family’s lives were even put in jeopardy. This only put more resolve into her to continue writing the truth of what happens.

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The Notorious Texas Swindler

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