About What Remains
Web designer Jodi Peters is a solitary creature. Lunch twice a week with his ex-girlfriend-turned-BFF and the occasional messy venture to a dodgy gay bar is all the company he needs, right?
Then one night he stumbles across newly divorced firefighter Rupert O’Neil. Rupert is lost and lonely, but just about the sweetest bloke Jodi has ever known. Add in the heady current between them, and Jodi can’t help falling hard in love. He offers Rupert a home within the walls of his cosy Tottenham flat—a sanctuary to nurture their own brand of family—and for four blissful years, life is never sweeter.
Until a cruel twist of fate snatches it all away. A moment of distraction leaves Jodi fighting for a life he can’t remember and shatters Rupert’s heart. Jodi doesn’t know him—or want to. With little left of the man he adores, Rupert must cling to what remains of his shaky faith and pray that Jodi can learn to love him again.
1) Which of your characters that you've written to date is your favorite and why.
That’s like asking me to pick a favourite child—I suppose Ash and Pete from The Roads series are my favourite couple, but if I *had* to pick a character it would likely be Cass from Misfits. He’s so dark and multilayered even I don’t know everything about him. If you let me have a couple more I’d probably pick Jed from Only Love, and Nero from my WIP (watch this space).
2) Is there a genre or sub-genre that you'd like to write in but haven't yet? Do you see yourself writing something for that genre in the future?
I’d definitely like to explore some mild BDSM. I’ve noticed it creeping into my sex scenes of late, so it’s obviously an, er, itch, I need to scratch. I’d also like to finish the FF book I outlined a while ago, and possibly do an MMF, or MFM. I haven’t written from a female perspective for a long time and I think I’m ready to get back into it.
3) What writers have influenced you and/or your writing?
Melvin Burgess is my biggest influence. His book, Junk, is my desert island book. I’m also still a shameless Enid Blyton fan…
4) Do you like to read when you're not writing? If so name the last 3 books that you read.
I don’t have to time to do a great deal of reading, but the last three books I read were Homicide by David Simon, Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell, and Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson. Make of that what you will.
5) Where is your favorite place to write? Where is your least favorite place?
I’m quite fond of writing in bed, snuggled up with my dogs. I rarely write at a desk because it reminds me too much of school and I tend to rebel by staring at the wall all day. Also, writing downstairs is dangerous as it’s too close to the kitchen and I end up eating ALL the food by lunchtime.
About Garrett Leigh
Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.
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. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.
Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com.
To celebrate the release of What Remains, Garrett is giving away $25 in Riptide Publishing credit. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 9, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!