All his life, Leith has loved Aaron, and all his life, Leith has wondered if Aaron returns his feelings. Through high school, college, and beyond, Leith and Aaron are drawn together and pulled apart. Leith is finally convinced he and Aaron are not meant to be when a cowardly act of violence against Leith changes everything.
Aaron returns to Leith's side, but Leith struggles to accept that Aaron can love him now.
If Leith doesn’t overcome his doubts and fears, he will forever be waiting for the moon and Aaron… and true love.
L.J. is here today for a little interview to celebrate the release of her newest novel, Waiting for the Moon and You, which I have had the pleasure of reading and I am telling you, it's amazing. If you've read some of L.J.'s other stuff, you know she's an incredible writer, and tackling contemporary isn't her typical M.O., but she excels at it!
If you haven't ordered your copy yet, what are you waiting for?
1. Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere and anywhere. Random conversations, snippets I overhear in public, photographs, music, daydreams, dreams, the bathroom…
2. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Pantser 90%, plotter 10%. That ten percent is what I need to work out where I'm going so I don't write myself into a dead end.
3. How do you think your writing has developed since you started?
I think I'm braver now in terms of genre—when I first started on this journey of professional publishing, I was adamant that I'd never write a sci-fi because I was convinced that I wouldn't be able to do it. And last year, I wrote a sci-fi. I also thought I wouldn't be able to do justice to contemporary, and now I have two contemporaries out this year, one of which is the one I'm talking about right now--Waiting for the Moon and You.
4. Are you tempted to write in other genres?
Yes indeedy! More so now than I was, as evidenced by the above answer and sci-fi.
5. Do you have an image in your mind of your characters before you start?
Generally. As I write and the character grows, that mental image solidifies. Sometimes, the mental image is quite clear, for instance, Archangel Gabriel always looks like Daniel Craig in my head. Archangel Michael looks like Yoo Seung Jun, Archangel Raziel looks like Hans Matheson, Ondrass the Archdemon looks like Huang Xiaoming, Adramelek the Archdemon looks like Alexei Chadov and so on.
6. How do you fit in writing in such a busy life?
At the moment, I'm genuinely not sure. It seems that this year, 2015, has been nothing but appointments, emergencies, meetings and the like, not to mention editing. Somewhere in there, I managed to get some writing done!
7. Is there a character in any of your books that you didn't plan on—a character who forced their way into the story?
Baxter, Liam and Declan in The Archangel Chronicles were intended to be only minor characters. I had no plans to expand their roles as much as the characters wanted, so it was a nice surprise.
8. What stories inspired you to write?
For me, it was actually the TV show Babylon 5. The writing there is so tight and it was much like a series of novels on the screen. J. Michael Straczynski who wrote the majority of the episodes had this intricate, multi-season story arc that held together a large cast, intricate plotting and threw in surprises, curve balls and kept you totally engaged in the narrative and the story arc. He wrote with the ethic that in the future, in the 23rd century, things like race and colour and gender and sexuality wouldn't be reasons for hate or violence. The show was the first to have a same-sex relationship; it had leading characters of colour; it had women in leading roles that were not as sex objects or eye candy but strong, military characters; it dealt with loss and death, love and sex, war and peace. In my opinion, JMS is a master story teller, and if I can write something that's a tenth as good as his work, then I'll be very happy.
9. Which of the characters in your books did you have the most fun writing?
Ondrass, Adramelek, Marcus, Raziel and Gabriel. All the sarcastic characters!
10. Are your friends and family supportive of your writing?
Yes, they are. I know I'm very lucky in this regard. My friends are amazing, and most of them buy my books; my family is great and they all know what I write. While some of them don't read books and some of them don't read romance, they support me and what I write. My mum reads my books, though she doesn't like sex scenes of any kind, so I kind of censor those—paperclips and sheets of white paper to "hide" the sex scenes—and she reads everything else in the books. She seems to like them well enough! She says, "Yes, I like reading my daughter's books, I like books that aren't fully romantic, I like books that have a story and the premise always leaves you satisfied." So there we go!
11. What are you working on next?
I'm working on Book, Line and Sinker, which is a contemporary, set in the Flinders Ranges here in South Australia, mostly in the town of Quorn. This is one of my favourite parts of the country, so writing this one is a breeze. I'm also working on a paranormal set on the west coast of the US, a little north of Boston. And finally, I'm working on the second co-authored novel with the lovely Cate Ashwood, who's hosting me here!
Where to find L. J. online:
L.J. LaBarthe is a French-Australian woman, who was born during the Witching Hour, just after midnight. From this auspicious beginning, she went on to write a prize-winning short story about Humpty Dumpty wearing an Aussie hat complete with corks dangling from it when she was six years old. From there, she wrote for her high school yearbook, her university newspaper, and, from her early teens to her twenties, produced a fanzine about the local punk rock music scene. She loves music of all kinds and was once a classical pianist; she loves languages and speaks French and English and a teeny-tiny smattering of Mandarin Chinese, which she hopes to relearn properly very soon. She enjoys TV, film, travel, cooking, eating out, abandoned places, urbex, history, and researching.
L.J. loves to read complicated plots and hopes to do complex plot lines justice in her own writing. She writes paranormal, historical, urban fantasy, and contemporary Australian stories, usually m/m romance and featuring m/m erotica. She has won a Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention and another award for Best Historical Gay Novel.
L.J. lives in the city of Adelaide, and is owned by her cat.
Cate Ashwood's books on Goodreads
Keeping Sweets (Newport Boys, #1)
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A Forced Silence (Zero Hour, #1)
ratings: 635 (avg rating 3.90)
Married for a Month
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Wholehearted (Hope Cove, #2)
ratings: 458 (avg rating 3.51)