Monday, October 28, 2013

Garrett Leigh--Bullet is Coming...

Today Garrett Leigh talks about her writing process and newest release, BULLET.

Plotter or pantster?
Plotter, at least in theory. I try my best, but occasionally the evil curse of the pantster catches me and I just have to ride it out. Though, for me, that's rarely a good thing. Without the supervision of at least some vague notes, my manuscripts have a tendency to become utter chaos.
Tortured hero or tortured villain?
Both. I like my characters deeply flawed, and I don't believe all villains are bad to the bone. Who doesn't like a bad guy with heart?

Easy on your characters or as hard as possible?
Hard. Without doubt. I put my characters through the mill, build them up, then shove 'em right on through again. Conflict, angst, hurt, comfort. That's how I roll.

What do you consider to be the key elements of a great story?
All of the above, I guess, but as a reader I need to see really great characters. They don't have to be a certain type, but they must be emotive and likeable. Too often I've picked up a book with a great plot, only to find I don't give two shits about the ending because the leading character is booooorrrrrring. I'd rather a dickhead, than a one dimensional brat.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Continuity and timelines. Every editor I've ever worked with tears their hair out over my inability to keep things coherent. Comments like: 'How can X be doing Y, when you still have him over at Z's' are a part of my everyday life.

Who has been your favorite character to write?
Oooh, now that's a hard one. Ash from Slide is my original baby, but I've grown rather fond of Levi too. He's a big bear of a man, but soft as shit beneath it all. And he doesn't have much luck, bless him.

Favorite line/quote from current work?
I'm quite partial to the opening line of Bullet… 
"A trickle of sweat ran down the center of Levi Ramone’s chest. More beaded his brow. He shook his head, flicking his dark hair out of his eyes. It was too long for working on broken-down motorbikes, too long for his momma’s liking, and definitely too long for porn."

Sets it up quite nicely *snicker* and here's the blurb…

Levi Ramone entered the gay porn market for one reason, and one reason only–he needed the cash to pay his momma's spiraling gambling debts.

Seven years later, he's a veteran with a reputation as one of Blue Boy Studio's most ruthless tops, and when his boss suggests it's time for a change, he finds himself staring down the barrel of a gun.

Figuratively speaking, at least.

Enter Sonny Valentine, a go-go dancer at Blue's sister club, Silver's. Levi has secretly admired Sonny from afar for years, but there's one problem–he can't stand Sonny and the feeling is entirely mutual. When Levi learns Sonny is to play the third part in a scene he considers his worst nightmare, he figures things can't get any worse.

But when preparations for the scene from hell collide with tragic events in his personal life, he finds his fast growing, red hot attraction to Sonny the one thing left between him and a bullet.


Garrett Leigh lives in a small commuter town just north of London with her husband, two kids, a dog with half a brain, and a cat with a chip on her shoulder. She's twenty-nine, and now she's reached that milestone, she intends to stay there for the foreseeable future. Garrett has been writing just about her whole life, but it's been about three years since she decided to take it seriously. According to Mr. Garrett, it was either give the men in her head a voice or have herself committed.

Angst. She can't write a word without it. She's tried, she really has, but her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you've got yourself a Garrett special.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.

Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh.

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