A warm welcome to author Garrett Leigh who joins us to talk about new release “Rented Heart”.
Garrett kindly answered some questions for us and there is also a giveaway to participate in!
Welcome Garrett 🙂
Let’s talk inspiration. Where did the idea for Rented Heart come from?
A lot of people have asked if it was Pretty Woman, and I’d have to say NO—the idea was originally sparked by an article I read in a local paper many years ago. My father’s family hails from the Norfolk area and we spent many summers there as a child. The article was about a local millionaire who’d lost his wife and taken up with the barmaid from the village pub. Obviously, there was far more to it, and Rented Heart careened off in a totally different direction, but the idea of a second chance no one wants you to have stayed with me.
Do you have any writing quirks that readers don’t yet know about?
I doubt it. I think folk are used to my coarse dialogue and food obsession by now.
What character in your book are you most likely to get along with? Least?
I think I’d get along with Cass from Misfits the best, as he’s my kindred spirit and likes to sleep till noon. Rupert from What Remains would infuriate me as he’s just sooooo bloody nice and PATIENT. I’m far to belligerent for shit like that.
Do you have any websites or writing resources you love to use and could share with us?
The only resource I think truly helps me is to read as much as possible. Not just queer romance, but all kinds of fiction. Anything that stimulates my lazy imagination.
Where is your favorite place to write?
My bed, but I’ve recently taught myself to work at my desk like a grown up. Doubt it will last long, but I’m trying to adult better.
About Rented Heart
Ex-surfer-turned-businessman Liam Mallaney moved back to Holkham, Norfolk, to mourn the loss of his husband. Grief and loneliness keep him a solitary figure, and he likes it that way. There’s no room in his broken heart for anything else.
Rentboy Zac Payne left London and most of his demons behind, but he still only knows one way to make a living. When he spots Liam in a club one night, it seems he’s found his mark. But Liam proves nicer—and their connection far deeper—than he’d bargained for.
Their arrangement quickly becomes too complicated for Zac, who has other things on his mind: namely his BFF and wayward flatmate, Jamie. Zac owes Jamie the world, and even as Jamie’s drug addiction destroys all they have, Zac won’t leave him behind.
Besides, Liam knows nothing of Zac’s home life, too caught up in his own head to think much beyond the crazy heat he and Zac share. But when trouble comes to Zac’s door, putting his life in danger, Liam must set his grief and anger aside to pick up the pieces of Zac’s shattered heart and his own.
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About Garrett Leigh
Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. 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. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com.
To celebrate the release of Rented Heart, one lucky winner will receive $25 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 17, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!