I’m so happy to help Stephanie celebrate the release of her wonderful new YA novel WANT. I’ve read it – so I mean it when I say it’s wonderful. (You can find my review on Goodreads HERE if you want to hear how wonderful I think it is…)
Gorgeous cover, isn’t it? *SIGH*
Here’s the cool part! Stephanie sent me an interview with the one and ONLY Dave Gaston. You know, Dave? From the book? Don’t know him – BUY the book! Sit back and prepare to be amused.
1. Can you tell us your name and the title of the book you live in? I’m Dave Gaston and I live in a book called Want by Stephanie Lawton. Sexy title, yeah?
2. Describe to our readers your role in the book. That might be a little spoilery, so let’s just say I’m a good friend to both main characters. A true friend, you might say. I also fancy myself to be the comic relief. Did I mention that I threatened to take over the whole book? The author had to restrain me, which—let me tell you—was kind of exciting, if you know what I mean.
3. How did you convince your author to put you in this book? For example, did you visit a dream or make yourself known some other way? I just showed up. She had no idea where I came from, but once she started writing my scenes, I had her under my thumb. I actually had her in tears from laughing so hard. (She’s pretty easy that way.)
4. Would you tell us about one of your favorite friends from this book? Ugh. That’s where things get complicated. I can’t really talk about it without majorly invading that person’s privacy and ruining the plot.
5. What would you like our readers to know about you? Well, I like long walks on the beach … Okay, seriously, I’d like readers to know that although I joke around a lot, if someone messes with my friends or family, I will take them down in a horrible and creatively violent way. Also, I can touch my chin with my tongue.
6. Did you learn anything during your adventure in this book? You know, I really did and I’m not afraid to admit it. I learned to be a little more open-minded and I learned that people change—sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse, and you have to acknowledge those changes instead of seeing people the way they were or the way you want them to be. Wow, that sounds really serious. I also learned not to change the subject when speaking to a redheaded Taurus because she will latch onto a topic and tear you to pieces until you are honest with her. Man, I love that. I’m also a little turned on right now.
7. Can you tell us what you think is the most exciting thing that happened to you in your book? No, I can’t. It happens at the end and it wasn’t so much exciting as terrifying. Now, if you’re talking about the other kind of exciting, well, this guy doesn’t kiss and tell.
8. Is there anything in your story you wish you hadn’t done? Why? Oh, you better believe it. I left when I shouldn’t have and it almost cost me my whole world. Can’t get any more specific.
9. Is there anything you would like to have done but your author stopped you? That is such a dangerous question. Yes, there’s a lot I would’ve liked to have done, but I’m kind of a side character for much of the book. If I acted on what I wanted to do, I’d be no better than one of the other characters. Ahem. Also, the book is told from Juli’s point-of-view. She’s seventeen, so she’s never even heard of half the things I wanted to do. Rawr.
- Craziest thing you’ve ever done? My friends once dared me to hit on a drag queen. I still have nightmares.
- Biggest regret? Not fighting harder for someone I loved.
- If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be, where, and why? Oh, crap. Um, I’d get a Mardi Gras mask or fleur-de-lis over my heart to remind me to always stay vigilant.
- Favorite book? Lolita. Just kidding. Probably the one I’m in.
- Someone asks you to go skydiving. What’s your answer? Hell, yeah!
- If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? Begging on the streets. Or stripping.
- If they were to name a crayon color after you, what would it be? Red Hot Love. Stop laughing.
- Were you easy or hard to write? Easy like Sunday morning.
- Your motto? Good things come to those who wait. Oh, and fifteen will get you twenty.
- Absolute worst thing you’ve ever done? I once put peroxide in my oldest sister’s hairspray. She deserved it.
- Give us a detail about yourself that’s not in your book. I still have my childhood teddy bear. It’s a walrus, actually. His name is Willy.
Thanks for sharing the interview Stephanie! And HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY!
Want to see some eye-candy – ahem- inspiration for Stephanie’s characters? Check this LINK. You won’t be sorry.