Today's author jumping in the Hump Day Hot Seat is Garrett Leigh
What are you known for?
As a writer, I'm known for angst and tragedy, and grit and tears. Can't imagine why, as I'm a delight in real life (heh). Seriously, though. I think I am known for putting characters through the ringer before I give them a HEA.
What would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
My spirit animal is the Fox. My social media accounts are awash with them, as is my skin 🙂
What is the first book that made you cry?
Books don't make me cry, which is probably why I can write so much angst. I need a full on assault from all sides–visual, music, etc… to break into my stone heart. I'm not really much of a crier in general, unless it's rage tears, of course, but that's a whole other story…
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I'm rereading Concourse by Santino Hassell right now to get me ready for Citywide this autumn. I love that series. Sutphin Boulevard pulled me out of a serious MM funk, and as the series has progressed, I've really enjoyed the diversity of each pairing and the ensemble cast. It's educational for those that need it, without being preachy, and I'm 100% TEAM NUNZIO. I'm still waiting on SH to write SB from his POV. Next on my TBR is a Suki Fleet book. Foxes, I believe. I love her writing.
Do you read your reviews, and if so do they influence the way you write the next book at all?
Reviews: I don't read them unless I'm tagged in a positive on on social media. I don't go looking for them, and the vicious ones pass me by. Reviews are for readers, and they should feel free to go to town in them without fear that an author is going to do their nut at a bad one.
For your chance to win an ebook of either Slide or Rare answer this question…What is the first book that made you cry?
I love him…but he’s forgotten why.
A lot can happen in six years, and Ash and Pete have seen their world flipped upside down more times than most. Being parents to Pete's young nephew wasn't in their plan, but life happens to them and they roll with the punches. Or at least they did, until new heartache rocks their hard-won happily-ever-after.
Ash loves Pete as much as ever—more, in fact—but Pete battles alone with a burden that weighs heavily on his heart. Ash is no stranger to dark clouds, but the secret Pete keeps from him is a storm that could break them.
Despite the fierce love that once buoyed them, they're both drowning until a new friend throws them a lifeline. His wisdom offers insight—for better or worse, real love is rarely a smooth journey. For Ash and Pete to come full circle once more, they’ll have to hit the road and chase it.
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 is 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 photography company M O O N Stock Photography.