The Inspiration Behind “Dragonfly” by Leigh T. Moore

Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents.
-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one.
-Things are not always how they appear.

Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away.
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one.
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.

Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy.

Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced… Until he mysteriously withdrew.

Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father.

A secret that could permanently change all their lives.

Be watching for Undertow, Book 2 in the Dragonfly series, coming July 18!

Dragonfly Inspiration
By Leigh Talbert Moore
For FicTalk – June 18 post

Hi, Autumn! Thanks so much for having me today and helping me promote my new book Dragonfly!

You’d asked me to talk about what inspired the story.

For starters, I have to confess, I grew up watching soap operas. Not all of them, but my grandmother loved As the World Turns and The Young and the Restless, while my aunt really liked Days of Our Lives.

When I would stay with them, I’d get caught up on those family sagas, because as anybody who watches knows, soap opera time is very erratic. But the characters and the stories are easy to leave and catch up with again quickly.

Fast forward many years, when I started writing Dragonfly, I lived near the Gulf Coast, and I wrote features for the newspaper in the closest large city (Mobile). At the time, I primarily wrote for their “Get to Know” column, which highlighted prominent or interesting locals, teachers of the month, new business people, stuff like that.

One day I interviewed a lady who worked with one of the large real estate and resort companies at the beach, and she told me that visitors always thought their company was named after a real man. (It wasn’t.)

This particular business managed ten huge properties lining the coast, and one day, when I was lying on the sand watching my baby girls play in the water, I started thinking about what if there was a man who’d developed all this?

And what if something happened—something tragic, something secret—that caused him to become a recluse and could possibly change many lives if it were known…

It piqued my imagination, I guess. And I’d learned so much about the history of the area from writing for the column—the local legends and how the area had developed. The setting came very easily.

Basically, it was tons of fun developing my own fictional steamy, sexy, and very escapist contemporary romance “soap.” So far readers seem to be enjoying it, and I can’t wait to roll out the next installment, Undertow, on July 18!

And that’s my inspiration story! Thanks so much again for having me here. I hope you enjoy my book.

Falling in Love Changes Everything…

“C’mon,” Julian said, helping me stand. “Let’s blow off this party and catch a movie or go to Scoops. This isn’t our scene.”

I shook my head. “I just really want to go home.” The tears were trying to start again. “Can I just go home now?”

“Sure,” he said, holding my cheek. I took a limping step, and he stopped. “Does it hurt to walk?”

My leg was throbbing. I nodded, looking down, and before I realized what was happening, he was lifting me in his arms.

“Julian, wait,” I held his shoulders. “I’m too heavy!”

“It’s okay,” he said, walking on. I sighed and leaned my head against his shoulder. I didn’t feel like fighting. Gentle pressure against my temple, and he’d kissed me. “You’ll get over this,” I heard him say under his breath.

Author Leigh T. MooreABOUT LEIGH T. MOORE:
Leigh Talbert Moore is the author of the popular young adult romantic comedy The Truth About Faking, its companion The Truth About Letting Go, and the mature YA/new adult romantic suspense novel Rouge, a Quarter Finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

She is an award-winning journalist and editor, who has also worked in marketing and public relations for many years. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the southeast and Midwest U.S., and she runs the popular writing-craft blog That’s Write.

A southern ex-pat and beach bum, she currently lives with her husband, two young children, and one grumpy cat in the Midwest.

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