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If someone wrote your biography, what would the title be? Why?
Erm…I reckon the singular form of the book we’re here to promote would be a pretty good place to start. Like Jake from the book, I’ve always been a bit of a Misfit. As a child, it was something I ran away from, then, as a teenager, it made me rebellious and angry, but these days I LOVE it, and I encourage it in my own children. My life has been an interesting journey so far, taking me way off the beaten track and back again. Long may it continue.
What’s the best part of publishing your book, from start to finish?
Signing the contract is always a thrill, especially if the book is finished and there are no deadlines to worry about. With Misfits, it was my first contract with Riptide, which was especially exciting as we’d been trying to work together for a while. I’m also buzzed about the cover art for this book. I do all my own artwork and working with L.C. Chase to incorporate the cover graphics and font into the interior production was awesome.
What’s the worst part?
The editing. Riptide run a particularly tight ship and any author who works with them will tell you that the process is beyond intense. That being said, they know their stuff and I know without doubt that Misfits is the most technically sound book I’ve ever produced.
What’s one time and/or place (past, present, or future) that you’re dying to write about? Why?
I put a novella out last year, More than Life, that was set in the Kosovan War. I found it absolutely riveting, and horrifying, and I’d love to go back and research it properly. I’d also love to write a dystopian book, but that’s mainly because I’m dying to create a grungy, gritty cover to go with it.
If you could only keep one book for the rest of your life, which book would it be?
Junk, by Melvin Burgess. It’s a book that’s been with me since my teens and it’s very close to my heart. It tells the tale of drug addiction for the monotonous destruction it really it.
What’s the best advice about your writing you’ve ever received?
Finish a book, then immediately start writing the next one. Don’t sit around waiting for things to happen, just keep bloody writing.
Restaurant owner Tom Fearnes has loved his partner Cass for as long as he can remember, but their work often keeps them apart. When he meets a striking young man named Jake on the vibrant streets of Camden Town, their heady first encounter takes an unexpected turn.
Jake Thompson can hardly believe his luck when he wakes up in Tom’s bed. Tom is gorgeous, kind, and . . . taken. Tom’s explanation of his open relationship leaves Jake cold, but Tom is too tempting, and when hard times force Jake to accept Tom’s helping hand, he finds himself between two men who’ve lost their way.
Cass Pearson is a troubled soul. He loves Tom with all he has, but some days it feels like he hasn’t much to give. Jake seems like the perfect solution. Cass risks everything to push Jake and Tom together, but Jake resists, wary, until the darkness of Cass’s past comes to call. Then Jake finds himself the last man standing, and it’s time to dig deep and shine a light for the men he’s grown to love.
About the author
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.
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