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The Truth about Faking (and a Giveaway!)


10, 2012 |

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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

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: 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.

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:
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