Saturday, August 31, 2013

M. Leighton: Spending Time With A Bad Boy

Well, as many of you may know, the third book in my series Bad Boys is releasing on September 3.  Spending time with these characters has shown me so much about my people, about human nature, about emotional development and even about me as a writer. 

I have no trouble meeting the bad boys.  Oh, no. They are right there, ready to go, in my head.  It’s getting to know them beyond their tough exterior and bad-boy shell that presents a challenge for me.  But it’s so rewarding!  Finding out what has made a bad boy so bad, finding out what makes him tick and what would help him to heal, is fascinating to me.  Not to mention the fact that they can sear me to my soul with one smoldering look.  All in all, I think they’re some of the most interesting, multi-faceted characters I’ve ever written about, the one in Everything for Us maybe most of all.  His wounds ran deep and his scars were many, but peeling back those layers and realizing that what he needed was exactly what he found in Marissa, the main female lead character, was more gratifying that I can tell you.   I think, in my heart, I felt a little bit as though I was the one who made him whole and turned his life around.  And isn’t that what so many of us women want—to be the one person who the bad boy can’t resist? The one person he simply can’t exist without?  What do you want from your bad boys?

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding wild horses, skiing the slopes of Aspen or scuba diving with a hot rock star, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

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