Author Interview: The Truth About Faking by Leigh Talbert Moore (plus giveaway)

Welcome to Author Leigh Talbert Moore

Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, an editor when time permits, a chocoholic, a lover of YA and contemporary romance–really any great love story–and occasionally she sleeps.
THE TRUTH ABOUT FAKING is her debut young adult romance.  ROUGE, Book 1 of her new adult romance series, will be published in December 2012 by Pocket Books.


If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Three things! I always wonder when answering these questions if things like my glasses, sunscreen, and toilet paper are included–LOL! OK, so trusting the essentials are covered, I guess my laptop, my Kindle loaded with all my favorite books, and a box of matches. (That movie Castaway made a big impression on young me.)

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Ha ha! Probably Supernerd. OK, not really. Umm… writer girl! (Now you’re thinking I was right with “supernerd.”)

Night owl, or early bird?
Omg–I’m a totaly night owl. Having babies was a real test for me in this area. My children literally get up with the sunrise.

One food you would never eat?
I’ll eat pretty much anything, but I can’t swallow cow tongue. Seriously. A friend tricked me into trying it once, and I literally had to take it out of my mouth. My throat closed up. That has never happened to me in my life. (I’m a big eater.)

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms. Every time.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It will make you swoon and smile; sometimes at the same time.
(sneaky with the semicolon!)

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
I’ve actually got an adult romance series starting in December with Pocket Books. The first book ROUGE will be out Nov/Dec 2012, with Book 2 following spring 2013, and Book 3 Nov/Dec 2013. These are all light historical-theater romances.

The first starts in a cabaret in New Orleans, where the main character is trying to escape a really bad situation with the orphan girl she resuced from the streets. The only problem is she falls in love with this penniless stage hand. Yep. It’s like that.

As for future projects, I also have a YA light-science-fiction-contemporary-romance-adventure that I finished in April that I adore. It’s killing me having to sit on that one, but it needs a little polish, and I’ve got to get my ROUGE commitment done first. Pesky contracts.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Connecting with READERS! The greatest thing about having The Truth About Faking out there is hearing back from readers who love it, and most importantly, who *get* it. That is so great. I had a reviewer post her favorite quotes once, and that just made my year.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Ew! Great question. At the moment, I’m still just loving Harley’s world (in TTAF). She has some drama, but overall, her experience is pretty sweet–and Jason is such a great kisser. A lot of times in books these days, the main characters deal with some pretty harsh stuff. That makes it hard to want to trade places with them!

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
I read a lot as a child. I loved the Narnia books, The LHOP books, Nancy Drew, Judy Blume, and Sweet Valley High. I think all of these influences pop out in my writing at unexpected times.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Don’t give up. Just keep swimming. Find other writers to connect with who will encourage you. This is a tough, tough business, and there’s nothing more valuable than having friends in the trenches with you supporting you and keeping you going.

What is your favorite Quote?
“Do good anyway.” I’m in this online group called The Kindness Project, and the sort of unofficial motto is that Mother Theresa speech where she talks about all bad things that can happen in life–the reasons you could be selfish or pull away or stop being kind. And she ends it with “Do Good Anyway.” Awesome.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
Anna Wintour. Seriously. (Ha ha!)

How did you know you should become an author?
My mom said I’d be an author. I argued with her for the longest time that she was wrong, but then in 2009, I gave in and let her be right.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
I love so many authors. Barbara Kingsolver, Sarah Dessen, and Deb Caletti spring to mind. But then I love new and emerging authors like Tammara Webber and Jolene Perry.

Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?

Beach or Pool?

Truth or Dare?
hmmm… Truth!

Text or Talk?

Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?
Bunch of smallies!

The Truth About Faking by Leigh. T. Moore

Jason just wants a date with Harley.
Harley just wants a date with Trent.
Trent’s still getting over Stephanie.

When Harley and Jason decide to fake date, they uncover a school of deceptions. Trent’s got a secret, but so does Jason. And the more time Harley spends secretly kissing her fake boyfriend, the further she gets from her dreams with Trent.

Worst of all, Harley’s mom is getting cozy with her hot massage therapy student, and even Harley’s Reverend Dad can’t fake not being bothered by it. But when the masks finally come off, can everyone handle the real truth?

Giveaway Details
1 copy of The Truth About Faking
Paperback open to US only, Ebook open Internationally
Ends 10/17/12

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