Monday, September 10, 2012

The Truth about Faking (and a Giveaway!)

Many moons ago I wrote this post which led to a series of emails, a couple of nicknames, and a blogging bestie who is now my writing buddy/critique partner/cheerleader/generally fabulous friend. And if you don't recognize the picture, I present you Leigh T. Moore!

So when she released The Truth about Faking last week (you can read the whole story >>here<<), I begged her to let me interview her and happily she agreed. 

But since she's told her publishing story elsewhere, I wanted to show you the heart and other sticky stuff that make Leigh and her writing just so loveable. *Warning: Silliness May Ensue*

Me: If you were a character in THE WIZARD OF OZ, who would you be?

OMG! I am a character on TWOO. I'm Glenda the Good Witch. Seriously. First, because I can sing that whole song starting with "Come out, come out whereeeever you are..." But also because when we were in college, my husband and I never dated--we were just friends. But we both really loved Wild at Heart (David Lynch). It's a really awful movie, but we would laugh at all the silly dialogue, including the part where Nicholas Cage is visited by the dead girl from Twin Peaks as Glenda. "The good witch...!" That became me for whatever reason.  

Me: I shall see you differently forever after, Glenda! And I shall get you a wand for your birthday. :)

Me: Jolly Green Giant vs. Stay Puffed Marshmallow Man. Go.

JGG, of course. Reasons: #1-Stay Puffed is haunted. Didn't you see Ghostbusters? (heehee! love that movie!) #2-That Giant is hot. I'm just sayin. Have you checked him out? And finally, #3-JGG kinda looks like "jiggy" to me.  

Me: How do you take your banana splits?

You know, I don't really care for banana splits. Now if you made that a Bananas Foster... 

*madly Googles Bananas Foster . . .*

Me: What is your best party trick?

I can dance like Coco the Bird Lady from Freaks.  

*face burns red as I turn to Google again . . . who *gasp* fails me!!!*

Me: Ahem. If you were planning the next Hacky Sack Club challenge, what would it be and why?

Dance like Coco the Bird Lady from Freaks. Because I would win. 

Me: Oh yes, I think you would. But now it's like an expectation. Do it! Do it! Do it! ;)

Me: During your Fairy Relocation Housing Project, how many fairies did you provide housing for and how did you discover the need? 

Well, I'm glad you asked about this, and I know it was prompted because you are the Clean Up Fairy (eek! You outed me!). I have to credit my youngest daughter for this outreach. She often walks around seeming to ignore me and the world in general. I'll say, "Laura, where are your pants?" And she'll walk into a wall. Then last spring, we discovered it was in fact the fairies distracting her. They were telling her they needed new homes. As for numbers, well, they don't like us to share that information. It was between a trifle and a bonanza. 

Me: Please thank said daughter. The house is fabulous, darling, simply fabulous. Tell her I'll leave a pot of fairy grease in the hollow log in the magic forest for those head bumps. Works wonders!

Me: Tell us one thing about you we probably don't know (we promise not to tell anyone, bwahahah!). 

I tell so much, is it possible to answer this question? Umm... I uhh... well, let me see. I took classical piano lessons for 12 years. That's why I think I type so fast. (That's not very exciting is it? I also have a tattoo of Glenda the Good Witch on my... just kidding! That's a joke.) 

Me: Sensing another Hacky Sack video in your future!

Me: Okay, you knew I had to ask this one . . . if your Main Characters had personalized plates, what would they be? What would yours be?

Oh, wow. Jason would totally have personalized plates because he's a car geek. It would be something classic like muscle cars are great or something--except it would be cool b/c he's much cooler than me. Maybe it would be something with Harley's name, because he loves to tease her about it. As for me... Uhh... Writrgrl? Is that dumb? Or 1 Moore? (That IS dumb! How many letters are in a personalized plate again?)

Haahahah! . . . *cough, cough* . . . I mean, not dumb at all! Really. I think I've even seen WRTRGRL before. :) (Oh, and 7 to 8 letters depending on what state you're in. I think I even saw 9 once. #I'malicenseplategeek)

THANKS so much for having me, Janet! I really hope everyone gets a kick out of my book. My characters are funnier than me. [And she put a cute little heart here that my blog is rejecting. That doesn't say anything about me, does it? ;)]
---Leigh, thanks so much for answering my crazy questions and for just being you. In congratulations, I will be giving two lucky commenters a copy of her book (format of their choice). Hurray! *throws confetti in air* Giveaway closes at midnight EDT on Saturday, September 15 and I'll announce the winners next Monday. No requirement to tweet/sidebar/blog about this, but we would love it if you did!

The Truth about Faking: 

Jason just wants a date with Harley.
Harley just wants a date with Trent.
Trent's still getting over Stephanie.

When Harley and Jason decide to fake date, they uncover a school of deceptions. Trent's got a secret, but so does Jason. And the more time Harley spends secretly kissing her fake boyfriend, the further she gets from her dreams with Trent.

Worst of all, Harley's mom is getting cozy with her hot massage therapy student, and even Harley's Reverend Dad can't fake not being bothered by it. But when the masks finally come off, can everyone handle the real truth?

You can visit Leigh on her blog, That's Write, or purchase her book at any of the following links:


Beth said...

I have the same theory about typing and all those years of piano lessons I took!

Oh, and I'd be happy to share a Bananas Foster with her any day. (Actually, I probably wouldn't share - I'd demand one of my own. But you know what I mean.)

Anonymous said...

Fun interview! Glad you googled Bananas Foster because I was wondering what it was. Looks yummy.

Old Kitty said...

Totally surreal interview with many references I hope Google will answer too! LOL!!!

Yay for gorgeous LTM! Take care

LTM said...

LOL! Thanks, guys! Thanks, Janet!!! I sure hope you're feeling better.

Beth, you've got a deal! I don't like sharing those either. A little known fact: Bananas Foster the dessert was invented for an old Louisiana governor--the *first* Foster governor we had. I don't think he was so good. But apparently he liked bananas... :D

And hey, I discovered I misspelled Koo Koo the Bird Lady's name. And just so you can see her dance, watch this video (I promise it's not a virus--you'll only think it is!).

(It opens w/her dancing for like the first 2 minutes. Hang in there after the champagne poisoning and you'll see my moves.)

Thanks again, Janet! Awesome-fun interview! I hope everyone likes the book. It's lots of fun, too~ ((hugs)) <3 <3 <3

Carolyn V said...

That was the best interview ever! Loved it. Do we get to see the "Coco" dance? That would be awesome. ;)

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Great interview! Tons of fun :) Leigh, your book sounds awesome - maybe I'll win :)

Lydia Kang said...

I love Bananas Foster! So yummy. Go Leigh and hooray for your book!

RaShelle Workman said...

Leigh, you're awesome!!! I think you should do a vlog and sing the song from TWOO. Just saying. =)

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Oh please let me win!!! I loved this interview, and I'm SO GLAD to see Leigh will be making another hacky sack video. Janet, Catherine and I were starting to feel lonely over here, right Janet and Catherine? *sniff sniff*

P.S. I had never heard of a banana foster either, but that picture looks Ah-mazing.

Melissa Sarno said...

Love this interview and both of you. Thogh I had to google a lot as I read too! Throwing confetti for the book release and the wonderfulness of the interview here.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Personalized plates is a good question - and very unique.

Mr. Stay Puffed IS a sailor though!

Ella said...

Fun interview ladies! Loved it~
And yes JGG is hot~ I think you should dress as Glinda and do the hacky sack vimeo ;D

LTM said...

LOL--Thanks, guys! Janet is too much fun. And as for the video, well, that might be tough. It's hard to hacky sack in that Glinda dress. I might just flap like Koo Koo and sing. :D ((hugs)) <3

Unknown said...

Oh, this interview had me laughing! And it sounds like a great book!

Golden Eagle said...

Great interview! I loved reading these questions and answers. :)

Romance Book Haven said...

Fun interview! Loved reading it!

The Truth About Faking sounds interesting and intriguing!


Farah said...

This is one of the most fun interview that I have ever read about! LOVE the silliness in this post ;) The Truth About Faking sounds REALLY CUTE. It just screams me! SOOOO gonna read this! :D

Awesome post! :D

Fara @ Tumbling In Books

LTM said...

Thanks again, guys! :o) <3 And thanks so much to Janet for being such a fun host! I hope you all like the book! ((squeezes))