Saturday, May 12, 2012

Blog Tour - Wanted by Stephanie Lawton

As part of the Want by Stephanie Lawton I'm hostig a character interview with Isaac. First, here's some information about the book:

Title: Want
Author:  Stephanie Lawton
Genre:  Southern Fiction, Romance, Upper YA

Julianne counts the days until she can pack her bags and leave her old-money, tradition-bound Southern town where appearance is everything and secrecy is a way of life. A piano virtuoso, she dreams of attending a prestigious music school in Boston. Failure is not an option, so she enlists the help of New England Conservatory graduate Isaac Laroche to help her.
She can’t understand why he suddenly gave up Boston’s music scene to return to the South. He doesn’t know her life depends on escaping it. Julianne must face down madness from without, just as it threatens from within. Isaac must resist an inappropriate attraction, but an indiscretion at a Mardi Gras ball—the pinnacle event for Mobile’s elite—forces their present wants and needs to collide with sins of the past.

Character interview questions: Isaac Laroche

1.  Can you tell us your name and the title of the book you live in? Isaac Laroche and my book’s called Want by Stephanie Lawton.

2.  Describe to our readers your role in the book. The good guy? Bad guy? Not sure. I’m the new piano teacher after my uncle has a stroke. He asked me to fill in for him and the timing was right.

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? Don’t really know. Steph wanted someone in his late twenties that was pretty average-looking but big. Then she saw actor Matt Bomer and that was it—that’s who I look like, except my eyes are grayish. She also sees a bit of me in Tom Welling, so clearly her idea for “average-looking” went out the window.

4.  Is your author easy to work with or controlling? She’s okay. Can’t figure out whether she loves me or hates me. Sometimes I think both.

5.  Would you tell us about one of your favorite friends from this book? My college buddy Dave Gaston is important in our story. Met freshman year at the New England Conservatory and we’ve been like brothers ever since. We’re opposites, but nothing could come between us.

6.  What would you like our readers to know about you? I did the best I could, but I’m only human. Didn’t ask for this to happen. I’m tired of being judged. Steph wanted me to be a cold, Mr. Darcy type, but I wouldn’t cooperate. Fell harder than I expected.

7.  Did you learn anything during your adventure in this book? Yeah, I’m cursed. Every time I turn around there’s more drama. My own damn fault, I guess.

8.  Can you tell us what you think is the most exciting thing that happened to you in your book?Exciting? There was nothing exciting. Exhilarating maybe. Frustrating, definitely. Sometimes amazing, but ultimately disastrous.

9.  Is there anything in your story you wish you hadn’t done? Why? Please don’t make me answer that. Obviously there are things I wish I hadn’t done, one in particular, but I can’t change my story. Held out as long as possible. It wasn’t enough.

10.What was your main motivation?Lust and shame. Maybe a little protectiveness.

11. Introduce us to your main adversary?You’re asking me to violate the basic rules of Southern manners and chivalry. Don’t have anything nice to say, so I should keep my mouth shut. Of course, keeping my mouth shut is what got me into this mess. Let’s just say it rhymes with “witch.”

12. Is there anything you would like to have done but your author stopped you?She didn’t stop me, but she held me back for quite a while. Guess I should be grateful.

13. Here's your chance to speak your mind. What do you want to tell everybody?I’m not a bad guy. Read Stephanie’s short story “Aftertaste” and you’ll see what I mean. Wrong place at the wrong time, that’s all.

14.  Flash questions:

·   Craziest thing you’ve ever done?
     Next question, please.

·   Biggest regret?
Next question, please.

·   If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be, where, and why? 
     I’d get “IDIOT” tattooed backwards on my forehead so I’d see it in the mirror every day.

·   Favorite book?
Nonfiction is Sergei Rachmaninoff: A Lifetime in Music by Sergei Bertensson and Jay Leyda. Fiction is Teach Me by R.A. Nelson.

·   Someone asks you to go skydiving. What’s your answer?
“Shut up, Dave.”

·   If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?
Not an option.

·   If they were to name a crayon color after you, what would it be?
Beyond Screwed Blue

·   Were you easy or hard to write?
Pretty easy, but like I said before, I have a love/hate relationship with my author. Sometimes she lets me be pretty decent. Then she turns me into a jerk. Can’t figure her out.

·   Your motto?
Don’t know about a motto, but I do believe in the credo of Murphy’s Law.

·   Absolute worst thing you’ve ever done?
I was a coward. Didn’t learn from my mistakes.

·   Detail about yourself that’s not in your book?
     I’m left-handed.

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