Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? A little about me…I have a three year old little girl and I’ve been married for about 6 years now. My husband and I are starting the adoption process to add to our family, so that’s exciting and terrifying at the same time. We bought an old house in Georgetown, TX two years ago and have been slowly remodeling the whole thing. I work as a dental assistant when I’m not writing, I’ve been doing that for about 8 years.
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing? A clean work space! I can’t write when I’m surrounded by mess and clutter. Wine helps too, especially when I’m trying to write those extra racy scenes.
Beverly: When did you start to write and who influenced you? I’ve loved to read my whole life. I was always reading something. I excelled in English all through high school and college. But my senior year of high school I wrote this paper after reading the novel Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. My teacher loved my paper and told me I was a really good writer, that’s something that’s always stuck with me.
Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”? All my heroes, or all my leading men, are kind and brave and selfless. Selfless is big, I think. I LOVE a bad boy that’s a good man type of hero.
Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters? My all-time fav character that I’ve written is actually from my novel Never Ever that’s self-published on Kindle. His name is Taylor Hill and he is sarcastic and sexy and witty. I really enjoy writing his character. Some of my characters are based on people I actually know like Amy in Play Nice or Brice in Happy Place. Some are a mix of people like Allie in Never Ever. And then the rest are made up.
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why? Sex scenes can give me trouble every now and then. I feel like I really have to be in the right frame of mind to write those. I’m sure, as women, y’all get what I’m saying. Some days you just don’t feel sexual 😉 I actually really love writing the dialogue, it’s my favorite part.
Beverly: What is your favorite scene in your favorite book? There is an adorable moment between Dash and Lexi in Play Nice. It’s in the beginning where she tells him to woo her. Right off the top of my head, that’s my favorite so far.
Tamara: What is your dream vacation? I would love to visit Ireland one day. I am a terrible flier, like the worst. But I’m also a sucker for an Irish accent. My husband lived in Ireland for a few years, so I’d love for him to take me and show me around.
Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love! Fine! If you don’t like that question what was your worst date ever? I can do kinky. I had a huge crush on this guy in college, he was HOT and CUT. Anyway we were at this party one night and we snuck off and had sex with the party going on like 20 feet away. He held me up against a brick wall. It was ah-mazing. My friends and I refer to him as brick wall dude to this day (because of the actual wall and because he was built like one). Is that kinky? I guess that would have been a more appropriate answer to the question of the weirdest place you’ve had sex…PS- don’t tell my husband that story.
Tamara: LOL. We’ll try to keep that quiet! What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why? Kick-ass variety for sure! I’m not great a writing the damsel, because I don’t love reading about the damsel. I need a girl with some spunk.
Beverly: How many books have you published? What genres? What drew you to that genre? I have 5 books self-published on Kindle. And then The Devil’s Share series will be four books published through Borough’s. I like light hearted romance novels. They are fun to write and fun to read. I’m currently working with a friend on something a little more tragic and emotional.
Tamara: If you could spend the day with any person from history, real or fictional. Who would you choose and why? Oh wow. Good question…I’d kind of like to meet Edgar Allen Poe. I was super into his work when I was younger. Or maybe Doc Hollywood. He seems like a good time.
Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”? Reading. I also really love wine and trash TV. I convinced my husband I have to watch teenage drama shows as research. That way he doesn’t give me crap for it anymore.
Beverly: We’ll really try to keep this from him, LOL. Don’t want him knowing that either!
Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize? Getting published was a huge dream of mine. But, I’d really like to have one of my books made into a movie. Mostly so maybe I can cast Charlie Hunam in a role.
Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment or the craziest thing you’ve done? C’mon dish! The brick wall was pretty crazy. Uh…okay, here’s an embarrassing moment. It was like my 22nd birthday? And my friends and I went out to this bar in Rockport. We drank Kamikazes all night long. On the way home we drove thru What-a-burger and I had to get out of the car to throw up. I just went over to the grass and threw up everything I’d drank right in front of all these strangers. Not my finest moment.
Tamara: What song are you? I would love to think I was Into the Mystic by Van Morrison, because that song calms my soul. Or maybe Little Red Wagon by Miranda Lambert, because it’s sassy.
Beverly: How do you know you’re in love? Is it a physical reaction, an emotional reaction or both? I think knowing you’re in love changes as we get older. When I was in high school it was such a high, such a new experience. In college…I don’t think I was ever actually in love in college. I think I was in a lot of lust. But then when I met my husband it was a calm type of feeling. Like I met him, and I kind of went “Oh, there you are. I’ve been looking for you.” And now I feel like being in love is choosing that person, over and over again. No matter how irritated I am at my husband, there is a point every day when he does something that makes me fall for him all over again.
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you? Who loves me? My family, friends, hopefully some of my readers are fond of me. My dogs are really into me, but I think my cat and my fish could care less.
Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Boxer brief
Coffee or Tea? Tea!
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Tall, dark, and handsome. And buff.
Hairy chest or smooth? Smooth
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
Kinky or Sweet? Hahaha, depends on how much wine I’ve had that night
Fast or slow? Again, depends on the wine.
Public or private? Married? Private. Back in the day…
Top or bottom? Top
Well, it’s been a lot of fun getting to know you Leigh. Now, let’s see what you’ve been recently working on.
Book One of The Devil’s Share
Keynote: Rock a stadium. Bang a chick. Repeat. AS lead singer of The Devil’s Share, Dash could get anything or anyone he wanted—until he met Lexi Grant.
MONEY. FAME. WHISKEY. SEX.
For Dash Conner, lead singer of The Devil’s Share, everything he wanted was his for the asking. Whiskey. Drugs. Money. Sex. But not Lexi Grant. For the first time since he picked up a guitar, a girl was actually demanding he woo her. And for a chance with this one, Dash would do that and more.
Lexi Grant was no groupie. Just because the biggest rock star in the world smiled at her didn’t mean she had to fall into bed with him—but it was going to be awfully hard to resist that impish smile and those tatted abs. Surely one night of fun wouldn’t hurt anyone.
Unless that night ended with a broken condom.
For Lexi and Dash that’s just the beginning. Add in an overly affectionate pit bull, a missing guitarist, a house full of sorority girls, a junkie ex-bandmate and an extreme aversion to Jager, and it’s either a recipe for disaster or true love.