Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Leigh Talbert Moore, author of several young adult and new adult books.

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Welcome, Leigh!


Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

Leigh Talbert Moore

Author Leigh Talbert Moore

When I was a little girl, I wrote a graphic novel called “Fury Woman.” It was abut a lady scientist who spilled acid on her face and grew giant eyebrows… LOL! Later, I wrote a book with my best friend, who illustrated it, called “Dignity & Detriment.” We used a thesaurus to look up synonyms for “Pride & Prejudice.”

Then I grew up, went to college, taught English a year, worked as a journalist, worked as an editor, worked in PR/marketing, edited a magazine… now I write books for a living. I love love LOVE movies—classics, moderns, indies, big budget. I can’t dance.

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I have a desk, but now I write mostly at the dining room table. It’s more comfortable.

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

I inherited my desk from my husband. My daughters always give me little things, and my best friend from D&D days sends me little toys. They accumulate on my desk.

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 Leigh’s Workspace

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

I pretty much only need a notepad and my laptop when I’m writing. But I have lots of distracting items. My most important things are my pictures of my little girls.

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

My reading Hello Kitty and my Napoleon Dynamite keychain are two of my favorite things. The keychain has clips from the movie, and sometimes I’ll hit the “Gosh!” button when I’m frustrated.

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 Leigh’s Reading Hello Kitty

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?


Depending on the time of day, it’s either coffee, water, or maybe a glass of wine. But I try not to drink and write. That just gets messy.

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

I have three favorite authors—Barbara Kingsolver, Sarah Dessen, and Anne Rice. As for inspiration to write… I don’t know. I guess Stephenie Meyer made me brave enough to try it. (If she could do it…)

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

I have to get the girls to school, check emails, try my best to stay off Facebook, then I dig in. I don’t really have any quirks. It’s pretty much just Sarah Fine’s BICHOK ritual. (Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard.)


3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I try to write every day. But honestly Facebook, my tweeting phone, and email are my worst distractions. I cut them off as much as I can.


4. Why do you write?

Because I love it. Because once I started telling these stories I’d been carrying around in my head, they started growing. And new ones started appearing. And because when I started hearing back from readers, I got totally addicted. There were actually people out there—not my just my family and closest friends—who really loved my stories. Writing is a hard business, but it’s awesome, too.


5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

I guess, I’ll say what I tell everyone. Writing is a hard, hard business. Everyone’s a critic, and readers can be fickle. Be true to your stories, try to be thick-skinned, and just keep swimming!

Thanks so much for having me here today!


 Today also happens to be Leigh’s book birthday!

Adoring Couple Gazing at each Other, by a Lake in a Park


And to celebrate THE TRUTH ABOUT FAKING’s birthday, Leigh is giving away some awesome prizes!

Check out her Rafflecopter link below!

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Thanks  for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Leigh!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.




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10 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Leigh Talbert Moore”

  1. Loved learning more about Leigh and her writing process. I’ve so loved watching her career grow. So excited for her!

  2. Love the Napoleon Dynamite keychain! Thanks for sharing some of your “space” with us.

  3. mooderino says:

    Nice post and photos too. Great interview.


  4. THANKS so much again for having me here today! What a fun interview. Best to you guys~ :o) <3

  5. That giant eyebrows story could be the next “Twilight!” Great interview Leigh, thanks for sharing this Nutschel.

  6. Julie Luek says:

    Oh so nice meeting you and learning about your books, Leigh. I have a 17-year-old avid reader daughter and love reading about new authors in genre that she loves. Digging the Hello Kitty on your desk. :)

  7. Congratulations, Leigh! And you’re a D&D chick? That is just awesome.

  8. Southpaw says:

    Great interview. Leigh, I love your inspiration.

  9. Emilyann says:

    I love that you hit the “gosh” button when you’re working. That’s so funny Leigh. And what great advice. It’s so true. Just like any form of Art, writing is so subjective. We do it because we love it right? Certainly not for a pat on the back or a giant paycheck.

    Thank you also Windsor. Have a great day you two.

  10. Nicole says:

    Send my Happy Birthday wishes to Leigh! Also, I want to know where she got that Napoleon Dynamite keychain, lol. This workspace series that you’re doing is pretty neat. It gives people a chance to see how writers get down to business while learning even some fun little facts about their writing process.

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