We’re honored to be a part of Garrett Leigh’s blog tour for What Remains, which was released yesterday. Thanks for including us, Garrett!
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.
Who would you choose if you were to fancast your novel?
I’ve been asked a variant of this question a ton of times about this book, which is ironic because for every other book I’ve written I’ve got reasonably clear ideas about which actors I’d choose for my characters…BUT, not What Remains!!! I can picture Jodi, kind of, but for Rupert I wrote him with more a feel for him than an image. Make of that what you will!
Does your novel have a soundtrack?
Usually, I have ton of music for each book I write, but this one is the exception. Jodi’s recovery was very quiet and still, with him learning the sounds of the city again, and getting used to every day noise…trying to make sense of them etc…So I wrote most of the book in silence.
How do you choose character names?
I tend to lean towards single syllable names, not on purpose, it just seems to end up that way. I think Rupert has the longest name I’ve ever used…must be my laziness creeping through. Who wants to type Bartholomew over and over again?
What is your favorite “trope” to read in m/m fiction?
I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of tropes in general, mainly because I suck at sticking to them if I set out to write a particular type of book, but if I had to pick on I guess it would be the hurt/comfort one, or perhaps the emergency services thang. I do like a good uniform, be it man or woman.
Do you have any upcoming projects?
Loads. I’ve got two novels to write this year for Riptide, and I’m hoping to squeeze in a FF novella if I can.
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!
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