Thursday, February 21, 2013

Three Questions With Leigh T. Moore

 
 
Leigh T. Moore (or LTM as many of us call her) is one of my favorite new authors. I read two of her books last year and loved them, and lucky me (and lucky you!), her next book comes out today! I read this in three days so I have three questions for lovely Leigh.
 
1. What are three adjectives that would best describe your main character, Ashley?

 
Ashley's sort of a contradiction. She's very laid back and "live and let live," but she's also a fighter. She has a strong sense of justice. The bulk of the story is her acting out in a rebellious and self-destructive way, but it's all fueled by her grief and anger over this bad thing that happened to her family. In her mind, they always did everything "right," so she thinks it's unfair and unjust. And she's mad.
 
Rebellious is right. You won't believe what illicit prank she pulls at school!
 
2. I was excited that I was able to read a companion to The Truth About Faking the following year after it debuted. How long did it take you to write (from first draft to last revision) The Truth About Letting Go?

I actually started writing Letting Go right after I finished Faking back in Spring 2010. I had an idea of what I wanted to do with it, but when I got about 15K words in, I stalled. I couldn't figure out what to do next, and I was too distracted by this other story in my head. (That other story became my book Rouge.) So Letting Go just sat on my computer for a few years. Then the popularity of Faking prompted me to go back to it, read it, and start thinking about how I could finish it. I finished writing it in November 2012, then I spent Dec-Jan revising. So I guess 2.5 years? I'm so happy with how it turned out, I'm really kind of glad I put it away until I had a clear vision of the ending.
 
And I thank you for revisiting this story! I love the realistic teen romance, but also that it deals with serious real life issues.
 

3. What would your main characters' favorite song (or band) be? 


I don't know if this is cheesy, but I kind of pictured Ashley as having a Ryan Adams moment, or even Fall Out Boy--Thnks Fr Th Mmrs and Sugar, We're Going Down. Colt's probably more into AC/DC... He's just having fun, whereas Ashley's got a vendetta. Jordan's probably a Fun. guy. LOL!
 
I could totally see Jordan turning up the Fun (but not too loud). :)

Here are the deets on LTM's fab new YA novel. Thanks, Leigh!

A companion to The Truth About Faking (link) (not a sequel; the books can be read out of order), The Truth About Letting Go (link) takes readers back to Shadow Falls, or more specifically Shadow Creek, with Ashley Lockett as she learns about friendship, love, and letting go.
Get me
The Truth About Letting Go (link) by Leigh Talbert Moore Ashley wants to smash everything in her once-perfect life. Charlotte wants to walk in Ashley's seemingly charmed shoes. Colt wants to turn Smalltown USA on its ear--with Ashley at his side. Jordan wants to follow his heart--but Ashley is the one sacrifice he never expected to make. Up until now, Ashley Lockett has followed the rules. She's always done the right thing, played it safe, gone to church. And then her ideal life is shattered when her dad dies suddenly. Now she's miserable and furious, and she decides to do everything opposite of how she lived before. She rejects safety, rules, faith, and then she meets Jordan. Jordan has big dreams, he's had a crush on Ashley for years, he's a great kisser... but he's also safe. Enter Colt. He is not safe, and he's more than willing to help Ashley follow her plans. Get it today on Amazon * Barnes & Noble * iTunes * Kobo Add it on Goodreads. About the Author:
Moore
Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a former journalist and editor, a chocoholic, a caffeine addict, a lover of YA and new adult romance (really any great love story), a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps. -The Truth About Faking is her debut young adult romance (on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo) -Rouge is her first New Adult romantic suspense novel (on Amazon). Leigh loves hearing from readers; stop by and say hello! Blog * Facebook * Amazon Author page * Goodreads * Twitter * Tumblr

24 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sometimes letting it sit works! Congratulations, Leigh.

SA Larsenッ said...

I didn't realize that you started it that long ago and then set it aside. I love that! Never give up on a story that grips us. :) ((hugs, Leigh))

Great piece, Kelly!

LTM said...

Thanks so much for having me here, Kelly! Yep, sometimes it just takes time. So glad you liked my book(s)~ :D <3

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome that you had the idea when you read the first book. And then by sitting on it, it sounds like it came quickly when you went back to it. Congrats Leigh!

Jennifer Shirk said...

I love the cover! So pretty!

Kelly Polark said...

Alex - Yes, I've got an mg wip that could use some revisiting!
Sheri - I didn't realize that either til the interview!
LTM- YOu are welcome! Glad to have you here. :)
Natalie - I hope my next half finished book comes back so quickly ;).
Jennifer - I love it, too!

Jemi Fraser said...

I love Leigh's writing - she's awesome!!! :)

Lydia Kang said...

Congrats to Leigh on the folllow up book!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I knew the book has been around for a while (unfinished), but I didn't realize it was that long. I can't wait to read it later this week!

Lydia Kang said...

Congrats to Leigh on her newest book!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Congratulations to Leigh on her books! And thank you, Kelly, for this post. I'll be adding Leigh's books to my need to read pile. ; )

C. Lee McKenzie said...

I call it marinating when I leave a ms for a while. Sounds good, doesn't it? Better than,"I give up!" :-)

C. Lee McKenzie said...

I call it marinating when I leave a ms for a while. Sounds good, doesn't it? Better than,"I give up!" :-)

Christina Farley said...

Congratulations Leigh! I'm also a chocoholic.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Love love love! I'm not surprised by the popularity of Faking It, and am so glad she went back for the second book. I'm so excited and happy for Leigh. I hope she never stops putting books out there.

Network Ace said...

nice blog...keep it up

Shelley Sly said...

I love the titles, and the stories (and Ashley's character) sound intriguing. I'll put it on my list to check out! :)

Missed Periods said...

I love that you asked question #3!

Kimberly Franklin said...

Another one to add to the ever growing reading pile. Thanks!!

Laura Pauling said...

Loved both her books!!!! :)

C. Lee McKenzie said...

Great job, LTM. Series writing scares me. I'm never sure I can pull off a second book about the same characters.

Christina Farley said...

Great interview girls! Congrats to Leigh on her new book!

Theresa Milstein said...

Kelly, nice to see Leigh here.

Leigh, I wonder which path/boy she'll choose.

2unpublishedgirls.com said...

Congrats, Leigh! I love the different plot threads. Can't wait to read it. --RB Austin