A Quick & Quirky Chat with Leta Blake
While Leta Blake would love to tell you that writing transports her to worlds of magic and wonder and then safely returns her to a home of sparkling cleanliness and carefully folded laundry, the reality is a bit different. Instead, piles of laundry and forgotten appointments haunt her life, but the joy of writing and the thrill of finishing a book make the everyday chaos all worth it.
Leta’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively, but her passion has always been in writing, and she most enjoys crafting romance stories that she would like to read. At her home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.
We asked a few quick questions. Leta had some quirky answers!
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
New York City for the summer and Florida on the beach for the winter.
What's your most embarrassing moment?
The time I somehow stopped up the toilet at my place of work so badly that it was messed up for a week and they had to hire special plumbers. I swear I think it was messed up before I used it!
Ebook or paperback?
Ebook because I'm so lazy that I don't want to have to get out of bed at night to turn out the light.
Zebras or elephants?
Elephants. They seem to love each other a lot and those trunks are so cool!
Tell us about the scariest thing that ever happened to you.
During the summer on one of the most sleep deprived days of my daughter's infancy, I drove to work in daze, got out of my car, and started to walk into the office when I suddenly recalled that I hadn't taken my daughter to her childcare and SHE WAS STILL IN THE CAR. I get sick chills every time I think about that day. Thank God I remembered before going into the office and everything was okay.
What is your secret guilty pleasure?
I don't have one! No guilt in pleasure!
Leta's new book is The River Leith, a Contemporary m/m Romance.
Memory is everything.
After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date. Struggling to face his new reality, Leith must cope with painful revelations about his family. His brother is there to support him, but it’s the unfamiliar face of Zach, a man introduced as his best friend, that provides the calm he craves. Until Zach’s presence begins to stir up feelings Leith can’t explain.
For Zach, being forgotten by his lover is excruciating. He carefully hides the truth from Leith to protect them both from additional pain. His bottled-up turmoil finds release through vlogging, where he confesses his fears and grief to the faceless Internet. But after Leith begins to open up to him, Zach's choices may come back to haunt him.
Ultimately, Leith must ask his heart the questions memory can no longer answer. If memory is everything. Can love survive when the memory of it is gone?
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What Reviewers Are Saying...
"Leta Blake is fast becoming one of the most exciting new voices in the romance genre." - I'm With Geek Reviews
"Raw, beautiful, lyrical, painful, sensual, hopeful. This author gets inside all of it and then lays it open, exposed, for us. The writing. The dialogue. The characters. The love. They're all here. I recommend this to everyone." - Prism Book Alliance
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