Guest Author: Garrett Leigh!


I’m thrilled to host the wonderful and talented Garrett Leigh today. She’s multitalented—not only does she write lovely books, she’s a graphic artist as well! She’s one busy gal, but I managed to get her all to myself for a short interview.

Thanks for visiting, Garrett!

Charley: How much do you know about the story when you start to write a first draft?

Garrett: Each book is different, but generally I know the beginning (obviously) and the end, and a basic history/personality for each main character. It’s the bit in the middle that often foxes me. I get half way through and realize I have to find another 20k of plot before I can write the punchline I’ve been dreaming of since the book’s conception.


Charley: I’m horrible at titles—how do you choose yours?

Garrett: I’m a big fan of one word titles (as you might have noticed) and I always try and find a word that resonates with in the story. With Slide, it was Pete’s theory that letting things go…letting them slide…had been his biggest mistake with Ash. That his complacence was somehow to blame for things getting as bad as they did. And from Ash’s POV, he kinda figured that without Pete holding him up, he’d slide away into nothing.


Charley: Tell me something about one of the characters in Slide that I can’t get from reading the book.

Garrett: Ash isn’t as alone in the world as he thinks. This plot point is explored in Rare, the second book in the series. In fact, this is probably a good place to tell you that the entire series is being released in audiobook format this autumn, hence Slide coming back out on tour.


Charley: What are you working on now?

Garrett: This week? Edits, mainly. I have a book out with Riptide (Misfits) in the spring that’s in line edits right now, and I’ve just proofed the galley for Heart, that is out with Dreamspinner Press October 27th.

Writing wise, I’m working tentatively on a YA book. Whether it sees the light of day or not remains to be seen, but, who knows?

Cover art wise, I’m working on something top secret for Aleks Voinov.


Charley: What question have you always wished someone would ask in an interview?

Garrett: What are you wearing? ‘Cause the answer is probably nothing. I’m a great believer in walking around the house nekkid.

Just kidding…or am I???

Thanks for having me!

Slide, by Garrett Leigh


Ash was Texan by birth, but his southern roots only laced his speech when he was too tired to repress them… too tired to block out all the horrible shit that kept an invisible barrier between us.

He was just seventeen when his friend Ellie found him drawing on the streets of Philadelphia. He was homeless and drew comic book characters on the sidewalk for money. The way she told it, he was one of the best street artists in the city, but he said he just did it to survive. Ellie was in college at the time, and she spent the next three years trying to get him to go to a shelter. Eventually, she got her way, and when she moved back to Chicago a few months later, she asked him to come with her. It took him a year of procrastination and pulling his shit together, but after finishing his tattoo apprenticeship in Philly, he did just that.

Living together was a huge adjustment for both of us. Some days I thought we’d cracked it, but others….

I draped the comforter over us and tucked it around his shoulders. He settled against me with his arm stretched out across my torso. I ran my hand absently along his bicep and enjoyed the rare moment. Though he could be tactile when his mood was right, he rarely cuddled up to me so freely. Most times, he preferred our positions reversed—him on his back with his arms around me.

Curious, I pressed a kiss to the top of his sweat-dampened head. “You okay?”

“Yeah, I just missed you.”

I smiled into the darkness. “I missed you too.”

A light hum was his only answer, so I held him a bit tighter and made the most of having him curled against me. After a while, I felt him shift. I opened my eyes and quirked an eyebrow, too mellow to speak. He just stared at me, but his blazing eyes told me what I knew he found so hard to articulate.

I put my hand to his head and nudged it back down with a sad smile.


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Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id 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

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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

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Guest Author: Garrett Leigh!

Today, the wonderful Garrett Leigh is here! She’s talking about porn and the guys from Bullet, her latest release from Loose Id.

Thanks for being a part of Kink Month, Garrett!

What’s your kink?

Hmm. Now there’s a question, and of course I had to Google it.


Naked Kombat anyone? I’ll admit it right now, I clicked on a preview and found myself fascinated by a world of naked muscle men, wrestling with added fucking. I also found links for Bound Gods and Butt Machine Boys. Those sites were a little violent for my tastes. I kinda found myself titling my head to one side and thinking, ‘is he really gonna put that in there?’

But for me, that’s half the fun with porn. Getting to see things I wouldn’t do myself (can’t in many cases, as I’m a chick) and trying new things from the safety of my couch, using someone else’s body.

Further down the search page I found Wikipedia’s definition of kink, and this is what it said…

In human sexuality, kinkiness or kinky (adjective), is a term used to refer to an intelligent and playful usage of sexual concepts which are overt, accentuated, unambiguously expressive of sexuality. The term derives from the idea of a “bend” in one’s sexual behaviour, to contrast such behaviour with “straight” or “narrow” sexual mores and proclivities. The term “kink” has been claimed by some who practice sexual fetishism as a term or synonym for their practices, indicating a range of objective and objectifying sexualistic practices, which in addition to the playful can range into to the paraphilic.

Kink sexual practices go beyond what are considered conventional sexual practices as a means of heightening the intimacy between sexual partners. Some draw a distinction between “kink” and “fetishism”, defining the former as enhancing partner intimacy, and the latter as replacing it. Because of its relation to “normal” sexual boundaries, which themselves vary by time and place, the definition of what is and is not kink varies widely as well. Practitioners are sometimes considered to be perverts by “outsiders.”

Partners who engage in “kinky” behaviour typically are sexually experienced and therefore attuned to an adult level of sexuality where adult pleasures are mutually understood and developed. The idea of “kink” gets to the idea of sexual intelligence, wherein adults are educated (experienced) in sex, and are adept and playful at communicating sexual ideas to others. Such expressions may represent a mature degree of social and sexual intelligence, wherein partners and prospective partners mutually communicate sexual understanding, interests, and tastes through outward and characteristic expressions such as gesture, dress, and sexually open interaction.

See? Kink is a wide ranging word, and when I sat down to consider this post I thought about every character I’d ever written and tried to figure out their answer to the question that opens this post.

I don’t think I need to tell you how much fun I had with that. Much of what I discovered came from as yet unpublished characters, so perhaps I’ll update this post in twelve months’ time when you’ve met them all, but for now, I’m going to stick with the MC’s from my upcoming release, Bullet.

Levi Ramone and Sonny Valentine. Two very different men, who share the same profession: porn stars. Fucking men on screen for cash. Extreme websites aside, can’t get more kinky than that, right?

Wrong, as I found out when I really crawled into Levi’s psyche in Bullet. You see, Levi had somehow managed to detach himself from his profession. Yeah, he liked a good fuck and the, er, trimmings that came with it, but because he had no emotional connection to whoever he shot with he didn’t appreciate any form of kink. It was like he’d lost his sexual identity, and sense of self.

Sad, but true. For Levi, it took a chance encounter off screen, and the simple sensation of a man’s blunt nails scraping down his back to awaken a side of him he’d long forgotten. I’m a strong believer that to appreciate everything sex has to offer, you must first be at peace with yourself and what you’re doing. Kink is a wonderful thing, and we’ve all got some, but reckon real kink comes from the heart.

Enter Sonny.

Sonny turned out to be a very different animal. Totally at peace with his profession and comfortable in his own skin, he was able to develop an affinity with sex that led to some interesting, er, kinks.

He likes being watched. He liked to dominate from the bottom. He likes titillation, and most of all, he likes to share…


Levi Ramone entered the gay porn market for one reason, and one reason only–he needed the cash to pay his momma’s spiraling gambling debts.

Seven years later, he’s a veteran with a reputation as one of Blue Boy Studio’s most ruthless tops, and when his boss suggests it’s time for a change, he finds himself staring down the barrel of a gun.

Figuratively speaking, at least.

Enter Sonny Valentine, a go-go dancer at Blue Boy’s sister club, Silver. Levi has secretly admired Sonny from afar for years, but there’s one problem–he can’t stand Sonny and the feeling is entirely mutual. When Levi learns Sonny is to play the third part in a scene he considers his worst nightmare, he figures things can’t get any worse.

But when preparations for the scene from hell collide with tragic events in his personal life, he finds his fast growing, red hot attraction to Sonny the one thing left between him and a bullet.

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