A chance meeting at a writing conference brought Leslie Tentler and I together. I’d signed up for “Practice your Pitch with a Published Author” and Leslie arrived to work with my small group. She’s one of those lovely women – giving to others, polished, professional and very encouraging to other writers.
Leslie is the author of the critically acclaimed Chasing Evil trilogy from MIRA Books. Her third novel in the series – EDGE OF MIDNIGHT – will be released February 1.
EDGE OF MIDNIGHT
The writer becomes the story when crime reporter Mia Hale is discovered on a Jacksonville beach – bloodied and disoriented, but alive. She remembers nothing, but her wounds bear the signature of a sadistic serial killer. After years lying dormant, The Collector has resumed his grim hobby: abducting women and taking gruesome souvenirs before dumping their bodies. But none of his victims has ever escaped – and he wants Mia back, more than he ever wanted any of the others.
FBI agent Eric Macfarlane has pursued The Collector for a long time. The case runs deep in his veins, bordering on obsession…and Mia holds the key. She’ll risk everything to recover her memory and bring the madman to justice, and Eric swears to protect this fierce, fragile survivor. But The Collector will not be denied. In his mind, he knows just how their story ends.
What RT Book Reviews Says About EDGE OF MIDNIGHT
4 ½ STARS
“A compelling plot, thick suspense, a cunning villain, a shattered cop and a victim who wants answers at any cost place Tentler in the same category as bestselling authors Lisa Jackson and Beverly Barton.”
Now, let’s talk with the woman who is bringing this exciting romantic suspense to us. I give you Leslie Tentler.
Leslie, how did you choose your pen name?
Actually, Leslie Tentler is my real name. Coincidentally, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law are named “Leslie Tentler,” too. There’s several of us!
Place of Birth?
Kingsport, Tennessee. It’s in the upper east part of the state, about forty-five minutes from Asheville, N.C., and about the same distance from Knoxville, Tenn.
Where do you reside now?
I grew up in Kingsport but have lived in metro Atlanta for the past 20 years.
Where would you like to live?
Anywhere with water. I’ve always dreamed of living at the beach or on the lake. There’s not a lot of water in Atlanta.
No phones or laptops, no deadlines, on a beach somewhere with lots of great, local seafood restaurants. And I’d be staying at a really nice, dog-friendly bungalow with a private pool.
“The rain on my car is a baptism. The new me, Ice Man, Power Lloyd – my assault on the world begins now.”
– Lloyd Dobler
From the movie “Say Anything”
When did you first want to write?
When I was in elementary school, I wrote a story about a real-life singer who gets kidnapped, with the abduction staged by his jealous older brother who wants to replace him in the spotlight. My mother kept that story in a drawer for a long time, and enjoyed bringing it out on occasion to torture me with it.
When did you consider yourself a writer?
I’ve felt like one pretty much right out of college, when I began working as a staff writer for an Atlanta PR firm. I took the job because it was right around the corner from the Margaret Mitchell house, which to me was really exciting.
One or two writing tips that provided an “ah-ha” moment for you?
Stick with the story you’re writing. If you abandon ship every time the storytelling gets rough, you’ll never get anything completed. I used to write a few chapters of a story idea, then would set it aside and move on to something new the first time I ran into a roadblock. Becoming a writer means powering through the obstacles and finding a way to tell your characters’ story.
Your tips about a writer’s life?
Writing is lonely, hard work. Find a network of friends who understand and support what you do. Also, don’t be too hard on yourself. Being your own worst critic is self-defeating behavior that can keep you from writing at all.
Lie(s) writers are told:
The next book will come faster and easier!
Anne Rivers Siddons or Pat Conroy
Favorite Fiction Book:
Do I have to choose one?
“Heartsick” by Chelsea Cain
“Nora, Nora” by Anne Rivers Siddons
“The Prince of Tides” by Pat Conroy
“Big Stone Gap” by Adriana Trigiani
I’m also adding “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell because as a child, I used to check it out repeatedly from the library. It really captured my imagination.
Favorite Non-fiction Book
“Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim” by David Sedaris
“Antagonish” by Hughes Mearns. I think it’s so creepy. It always gives me goosebumps.
Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away…
Please let us know one special thing you’d like us to know about you.
I’ve had several readers who have contacted me and thanked me for writing my books, as they kept them entertained while going through a rough spot in life, such as a long hospital stay. The fact that something I wrote provided them with a temporary diversion from their problems means a lot to me.
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