Saturday, June 15, 2013

Dragonfly by Leigh T. Moore | Interview and Giveaway

Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents.
-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one.
-Things are not always how they appear.

Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away.
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one.
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.

Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy.

Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced... Until he mysteriously withdrew.

Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father.

A secret that could permanently change all their lives.

UNDERTOW, Book #2 in the Dragonfly series, coming July 18!


I am so so excited because I got to interview Leigh!! Everything from Leigh will be in THIS COLOR.

Hi, Eliza! Thank you so much for having me here today and helping me share my new book Dragonfly with everyone!

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always written and loved books, but I never dreamed I’d actually write one. I liked writing short things, like features for news and magazines. Then one day I sat down and wrote Dragonfly (in 2009), and five books later, I can’t imagine doing anything else!

How did you get started as a writer?

I was an English major in college then I taught writing to high school students for a year. After that I worked as an editor, and I freelanced for a newspaper. Then I was the editor for a local magazine. All that led to my first book!

What genre do you consider your books and what drew you to that one?

The majority of my books are contemporary romance. The first two I put out (The Truth About Faking and The Truth About Letting Go) are Sarah Dessen-style young adult. The Dragonfly series will start with the characters as seniors in high school and quickly move into New Adult.

On the flip side, my book Rouge is New Adult-light historical, and I have a YA science fiction book with a literary agent. So I dabble.

How would you describe your style and books to someone who hasn't ever read one of yours before?

They’re fast-paced, character-driven romance/love stories. The Dragonfly books are more plot-driven and soapy than the Truth books, but still, they’re all very character-focused. Sometimes they have light mystery or suspense thrown in!

Who is your fave character from your book and why?

I am in love with Prentiss Puckett, who’s the scrappy little heroine of my science fiction book. She’s a survivor, she’s determined to escape her predicament, and I had the most fun writing her. At the same time, I love all my characters. They’re all so unique and they all face different challenges. But Prentiss is tons of fun to write.

If this book were to be made a movie who are your dream casting pics?

Argh. I wrote Dragonfly in 2009, so my dream cast is sadly out of date. I’m asking readers to email me THEIR dream cast collages (, and I’ll post them on my Facebook page with their names/links! (

Do you ever see yourself as one of your main characters? If yes which one?

Not really. But I guess all of my characters have some part of my personality in them. That’s inevitable, yes?

Do you ever get writers block? Is so, how do you overcome it?

I haven’t ever had “writers’ block” as it’s traditionally imagined. But I do procrastinate a lot before I sit down and start a new story. Then I usually don’t get up until it’s finished, so maybe that’s why… LOL!

Can you share a bit of what you are currently working on?

The next book in the Dragonfly series focuses heavily on the secret Anna discovers in the first book. Readers will get that whole story couched in *no spoilers* Anna’s growing romance with one of the guys.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out as an author or is afraid to start at all?

Just do it—and then just keep swimming! Even if you write something that ends up going in a drawer, the first step to being a writer is writing. I used to tell my students the most important part of writing is revising. So never give up, never delete! Dragonfly was in a drawer for four years before I went back and broke it all to pieces and put it back together again as a stronger book.

Get some trusted writer-friends or join a local writers’ group, maybe take some classes, and get going! You can do it!

What's your favorite quote?

I just saw this one, and I love it: “All Good Things Start from a Seed. How Many Have You Planted?”

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Stop stressing so much. Everything will work out exactly like it’s supposed to. (Hmm… I guess I should tell older me that, too!)

What are you currently reading?

Click to Subscribe by LM Augustine, and it is too cute!

What are 5 of your favorite movies?

Anything by Wes Anderson! In the summertime, though, I love re-watching The Life Aquatic
My Favorite Brunette (the old 1940s version) and All the President’s Men (the old 1970s version)—both of these movies are why I wanted to be a journalist.
Juno—the perfect YA story
A Room With A View—with the very young Helena Bonham-Carter, Daniel Day Lewis, and Julian Sands. Gorgeous!

Thanks again so much for having me here, Eliza! I hope you enjoy my new Dragonfly series~ <3
Thank you sooooo much Leigh! It was so great to get to know you a bit better! <3 <3

Leigh Talbert Moore is the author of the popular young adult romantic comedy The Truth About Faking, its companion The Truth About Letting Go, and the mature YA/new adult romantic suspense novel Rouge, a Quarter Finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
She is an award-winning journalist and editor, who has also worked in marketing and public relations for many years. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the southeast and Midwest U.S., and she runs the popular writing-craft blog That’s Write.

A southern ex-pat and beach bum, she currently lives with her husband, two young children, and one grumpy cat in the Midwest.

Read excerpts of her books on Wattpad and Figment!

Enter to #WIN a Kindle Touch loaded with all FOUR of Leigh's books AND an exclusive eARC of Undertow; A signed, print set of Dragonfly and Undertow, or ebook sets of both!

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks again, Eliza! Fun chatting with you~ :o) <3