Why would readers of this blog want to read an interview with you?

Hmm. That’s a good question. Either, my mum bribed/ nagged/begged/shamed them into visiting your site to read my interview. Or, the reader landed here completely by accident after Googling “women who lie about losing their virginity.” (If you are thinking about lying to your fiancé/boyfriend about being a virgin, take un petit advice from your new friend, Vivia. Don’t do it!) Or, because they are a regular reader of my GoGirl! column and wanted to learn more about my crazy life. (If this is the case, Merci Beaucoup et Bisous! That means, thank you very much and kisses in French.)

Are you on Tumblr?

No, but I have a blog. http://leahmariebrown4.wix.com/leahmarie#!vivias-world/c21fj

If you were on Tumblr, what would your first post be about?

My engagement ring. Why? It seems apropos, really. Two years ago, my (ex) boyfriend, Nathaniel Edwards III, got down on one knee and slipped an engagement ring on my finger, a brilliant three carat round cut diamond in the classic Tiffany Setting. He promised he would love me forever.

And I believed him.

A week before our wedding, we met at Snob, our favorite wine bar in the Mission District. It’s swank, quaint, and a little quirky. We were one glass into a Napa red when Travis Trunnell, my one night stand from college, showed up with his D-bag friend. Long story short, the sloppy-drunk D-bag told Nathan some embarrassing details about my past. Nathan broke up with me.

Forever turned out to be relative.

What did you do – after he jilted you?

What’s a jilted bride to do – stay home and bury heartache beneath tubs of Ben and Jerry’s, or go on her honeymoon? I opted for the biking honeymoon through the Provence and Tuscany.

You went on a honeymoon by yourself?

No, my best friend, Fanny, came along as my plus one. It was her scathingly brilliant idea to take photos of my engagement ring in various exotic settings and post them on my Twitter feed. Those ridiculous Tweets changed my life…


Well, if I tell you that, you won’t want to read my book, Faking It.

Is there anything else you would like to say to our readers?

Oui! I totally dig talking to other women who have been jilted by boyfriends/fiancés/husbands, so please leave a comment or hit my contact button on my website or tweet me @Just_Vivia

I promise to answer you.

fakingIt2FAKING IT by Leah Marie Brown

Haven’t you ever told a little lie in the name of love?

Vivia Grant couldn’t be happier. She has her dream job and is about to marry her dream man. Does it really matter that she’s led him to believe she’s a virgin? After all, being in love makes every experience feel like the first time anyway! But an unexpected encounter with an ex-lover is about to expose her embarrassing lie…

When Vivia’s fiancé discovers the truth, he ends their engagement—via text—and uses his connections to get her fired. Unemployed and heartbroken, Vivia begins planning her new future—as a homeless spinster. But her best friend has a better idea. They’ll skip the Ben & Jerry’s binge and go on Vivia’s honeymoon instead. Two weeks cycling through Provence and Tuscany, with Luc de Caumont, a sexy French bike guide. Too bad Vivia’s not a big fan of biking. And she’s abysmal at languages. Will she fib her way through the adventure, or finally learn to love herself—and Luc—flaws and all?


About Leah Marie Brown

Leah Marie Brown has worked as a journalist and photographer. An avid traveler, she has had adventures and mishaps from Paris to Tokyo. She doesn’t buy cheesy tee-shirts or useless bric-a-brac, but prefers friendships and memories as souvenirs from her travels. She lives a bike ride away from the white sand beaches of Florida’s Emerald Coast with her husband, children, and pampered poodles. She is hard at work on the next novel in The It Girls series, but loves to hear from readers. Please visit her website at www.leahmariebrown.com Follow Vivia on Twitter @Chic_Traveler and Pinterest as Vivia Perpetual Grant, Perpetual Virgin.