by Leigh Talbert Moore
Author, The Truth About Faking
When I started writing The Truth About Faking, it wasn’t going to be as lighthearted as it turned out. I planned for the main character Harley’s dad to have a crisis of faith because of a terrible disappointment. (Harley’s dad is a Presbyterian reverend.)
The story took a turn when Harley met Jason and then realized she liked him more than her “one true love” Trent—which created a whole different crisis for her. And maybe it was the mood I was in, but I couldn’t seem to keep the whole thing from being funny and romantic and sweet. My drama turned into a rom-com!
But one message I’d intended from the outset remained: Don’t judge others by their appearance. (The whole “book by its cover” adage.)
It’s a message we know by heart, yet I think until we’re actually surprised by someone or something, we pass appearance-based judgments all the time.
Harley decides Trent’s the one for her based on his appearance and his quiet politeness. The town in which Harley lives judges her mother based on appearance. They even decide Harley’s parents have a shaky marriage based on appearance.
Heck, even the town Shadow Falls isn’t shadowy nor does it have waterfalls…
Yeah, I was chasing a theme.
I also kept the religious elements in place. It was a risk maybe. Sometimes readers are put off by religion in books. But the consensus has been in this case, it makes the story more real.
In my experience, church and faith tend to be a big part of life in Small Town, USA. In addition, Christians are often just as guilty of judging books by their covers.
Ultimately, my goal was to make readers think, which I hope TTAF does. How often do we judge people wrongly? How important is it to keep one’s word when it might jeopardize one’s position in the community?
Thanks so much for having me today, Laurel! I hope readers like my book!
Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, an editor when time permits, a chocoholic, a lover of YA and contemporary romance (really any great love story), and occasionally she sleeps.
The Truth About Faking is her debut young adult romance. You can find it on
Amazon, B&N, Smashwords and Kobo
ROUGE is the first book in her mature-YA/new adult romance series (available Nov. 11 in all major outlets).
Leigh loves hearing from readers; stop by and say hello:
-Amazon Author page: amazon.com/author/leightmoore