Interview with Garrett Leigh #Giveaway

Interview with Garrett Leigh #Giveaway

Howdy, Delighted Readers!

Anyone remember that week in January when I posted the review on a book that absolutely tore my heart to pieces, but still had me loving on a book?  No?  Well, okay… but see I have a treat for you today.  I invited the author of that very book, What Remains, to stop by Delighted Reader and talk up her latest release, Strays.

Hey, Garrett!

Glad you could stop by while out on your tour.  How’s spring in England?  Here in the American Midwest it’s still a tad touch and go though my daffodils are giving it a good try.

And yes, you’re from England (well spotted, Sophia), but I know you have readers from all over.  What’s it like to write for an international crowd?  Had any fun queries or comments on your books as a result?

Garrett: It’s the slang that gets me in trouble, every time. And the swearing. Certain words are terms of endearment over here, but extremely offensive in other parts of the world! Mushy peas caused a lot of confusion for my long suffering copy editor, Alex Whitehall.

When and how did you get into writing?  

Garrett: I genuinely have no idea. It just kind of happened, and here we are…

What was the best moments/s of your writing career?

Now I might have taken a gander at your GoodReads bio and noticed that you do a lot of cooking.  What dish does that ‘menagerie’ you mentioned or your friends beg you to cook?  And, if different, what is your favorite thing to cook?

Garrett: I like to bake bread, which partly inspired the bakery/pizzeria that takes shape in Strays. My family are a great crowd to cook for as they’ll pretty much eat anything, but they love a good veggie chilli, or a lamb/lentil/spinach curry, and, of course, a good roast dinner.

Can you share about that other fascinating work you do as a cover artist?  What was the most challenging cover you did?

Garrett: All covers are challenging, but the hardest bit is finding the right images to work with. Search engines on stock sites are the devil’s playground.

Okay, let’s circle back around to your books.  Please share something about the Urban Soul series and where Strays fits in.  

Garrett: Strays is the second book in the series, and gives us Nero and Lenny’s story. Nero is an old friend of Cass’s and long serving Urban Soul employee. Lenny is a totally new character.

Strays is set in the restaurant kitchen world.  Did your own cooking knowledge come into play here and/or did you need to do some further research?

Garrett: Sadly, I didn’t have to do much research at all.

Nero is a complex character who first appeared in the first book, Misfits.  When you were writing, what do you enjoy about him the most?  Is he a tough character to write?

Garrett: Nero was tougher than I thought he’d be. I’d assumed I knew him better than I actually did, and he turned out far gentler than I expected.

And Lenny, how would you describe him?

Quirky. Sharp. Flamboyant. Fiercely intelligent. I LOVE him.

Okay, yeah, I have to ask this because a book gal like me really needs to be prepared when picking up your books.  *whispers*  Is Stray going to make me ugly cry?  Like do I need to have a full box of tissue handy for this?

Garrett: Actually, I think it’s more feel goo than anything I’ve written for a while. There are some emotional moments, but no hard core tragedy,

Erhmm, so moving along…

What’s next for Garrett Leigh?  Any in process or future writing or cover art projects you can share about?

Garrett: I have LOADS coming this year. Two more titles with Riptide, plus my first ever YA book.

Congrats on the release of Strays, Garrett.  Thank you so much for taking the time to drop in at Delighted Reader and visit with us.

About Strays

Work, sleep, work, repeat. Nero’s lonely life suits him just fine until his best friend, Cass, asks him to take on a new apprentice—a beautiful young man who’s never set foot in a professional kitchen. Despite his irritation and his lifelong ability to shut the world out, Nero is mesmerised by the vibrant stray, especially when he learns what drove him to seek sanctuary on Nero’s battered old couch.

Lenny Mitchell is living under a cloud of fear. Pursued by a stalker, he has nowhere left to run until Nero offers him a port in a storm—a job at the hottest restaurant in Shepherd’s Bush. Kitchen life proves heady and addictive, and it’s not long before he finds himself falling hard and fast for the man who has taken him in.

Fast-forward a month and neither man can imagine life without the other, but one thing stands in their way: a lifetime of horrors Nero can’t bring himself to share with Lenny. Or can he? For the first time ever, happiness is there for the taking, and Nero must learn to embrace it before fate steps in and rips it away.

Now available from Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/strays

About Garrett Leigh

Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.

Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

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, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.

Social media:
Website: http://garrettleigh.com
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/Garrett_Leigh
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/garrettleighbooks
Cover art enquiries: blackjazzdesign@gmail.com

Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Strays, 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 April 1, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I enjoyed reading this interview! I think the cover is really nice! Thanks for sharing.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Great interview Sophia Rose thanks!

  • James Escol

    Great interview!

    I share your sentiment on What Remains, Sophia. It was one of the great books that I’ve ever read. So painful. Well… I love tearjerkers that’s why it wasn’t a hardship for me loving that book even though I’ve shed a lot of tears. And I really can’t wait for her YA book. I’m such a HUGE YA lover. <3

    mushyvince(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Glad to know I’m not the only one, James. 🙂

  • trix23

    Really fun interview!

    vitajex@aol dot com

  • Steve Wroten

    Congrats and thanks for the interview. Since reading Misfits, I’ve been anxiously waiting for this to come out. I’m sure it too will be another success. –
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  • Lisa S

    Thanks for another great interview!
    legacylandlisa(at)gmail(dot)com

  • H.B.

    Thank you for the interesting and fun interview =)
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com