“Want” Blog Tour!

Today I am lucky to take part in Stephanie Lawton’s blog tour for her debut novel Want. I am so excited to have my favorite character, Dave, on the blog today to answer some questions!

1) What is it about music, and piano in particular, that draws you in?

Are you kidding? It’s like catnip. One chord and the chicks swoon. Two chords and they’re in your lap. Three … :)

Okay, seriously, my mom’s an elementary school music teacher and she started giving me lessons when I was little. At first it was just a way to get her undivided attention. I have three sisters that usually hogged her time, so our lessons were really special to me. Then, when we discovered I was actually pretty good and I enjoyed it, I could see it made her proud. I wanted her to always look at me like that, so I kept going and didn’t quit. By high school it was an obsession and the rest is history.

2) What instruments can you play (besides piano and french horn) or ones that you wish to learn?

I can pick up almost anything I try, but for college I needed to narrow it down to two to focus on. Piano was a given, and the other I chose because it’s a little off the beaten path. I mean, trumpet players are a dime a dozen. Same with violin. Don’t get me wrong, I look damn cute with a flute, but I’ve been told I’m full of hot air so horn suits me best.

3) Favorite classical song? Non-classical.

Hmm, Juli’s got me on quite the Rachmaninoff kick, but I love Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus” and Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” As for non-classical, I’m generally a ’90s grunge kind of guy, though I still listen to modern alternative. I love “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers and “Angels on the Moon” from Thriving Ivory.

4) What is your ideal girl like?

Juli. ‘Nuff said.

Spoiler(ish) questions.

5) What did you think about Isaac’s past?

Ehhh, I hate talking about him. *curses* It took Ike a full year to tell me his deal. We’d been roomates for an entire year, practically inseperable, before he told me why he never went home over breaks or holidays. Even for a dude, that’s a long time to hold out before trusting someone with your story. I thought the whole situation really blew, but I couldn’t understand why he caved to some crotchety lady whose pearls were too tight. Then he told me what she did. I pictured one of my friends’ moms and … *shudders*. I’m the last person to make excuses for him, but I understand why he’s so messed up.

6) How did you first react when Isaac told you his student could play Rachmaninoff better than you?

It wouldn’t be right repeat what I actually said to him, but I creatively told him to shut up and stop sniffing paint fumes. I couple days later when I finally got to talk to Juli on the phone, I knew I had to meet this crazy chick. Ike couldn’t stop bragging about her.

7) What did it feel like watching Juli fall in love with Isaac when you knew he wasn’t right for her.

It felt like having your nuts and your heart ripped out at the same time. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and I still don’t know if I made the right decision. I kept telling myself to stay out of whatever mess they had going on, but a guy can only take so much, yeah? I saw he was going to turn tail and run again and I swear to God I almost chased after him to smash his face into the pavement, but I figured it was more important to get Juli the hell out of that witch’s claws.

8. How did it feel knowing Juli had secrets? What was your reaction when you finally discovered what they were?

Wow, you’re going for the jugular. Thing is, I kind of knew. Unlike some guys–ahem–I pay attention to other people instead of just myself. Even the most high-strung chick doesn’t cry on the shoulder of some guy she hardly knows, so when she came apart in her kitchen at Christmas, I figured she had no one else to turn to, and that was the saddest damn thing I’d seen in a long time. Maybe even sadder than Ike’s Mancard status. I wanted to slap the crap out of her family for not being there, and I even went to Ike’s Uncle Robert to see if he had any insight. He told me about his suspicions, but that when he tried to get Juli help, she flipped. I didn’t know the extent of things or I would have stepped in earlier.

I didn’t feel right doing that until after the Mystics ball and the shitstorm that followed. Pardon my language. That was the last straw and that’s the closest I’ve ever come to killing someone. I may not be the biggest guy, but I don’t think her dad will ever forget me.

9) What does the future hold for you and Juli?

We take it one day at a time. She’s got a lot to sort through, and I’m honored that she wants me by her side while she figures it all out. I visit Mobile as much as I can and we talk every day. Just a few more months and she’ll be in Boston where none of that crap can touch her again. I bet she really takes off. Hope she doesn’t outgrow me, though.

10) How does your friendship with Isaac continue after what he did to Juli?

Right now, it doesn’t. He went too far this time. He’s not a kid anymore and doesn’t have an excuse for how he reacted. When he decides to grow up and grow a pair, maybe we’ll talk.

You can also all check out my review for Want here and be sure to check out the blog tour schedule here

Inkspell Publishing is also giving away an e-copy of Want!

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Thanks to Kelly Simmon for inviting me to be part of this tour, Stephanie Lawton, and Inkspell Publishing!


  1. Eustacia Tan says:

    I’ve always thought Dave was a cool character, and after reading this, my opinion of him is even higher ;)

  2. NAj says:

    Dave is by far my favorite character in the book! He even beats Juli! I’m all for Team Dave! <3

  3. Kristina says:

    Great interview! I loved Dave so much. He was a breath of fresh air and the comic relief of the story. Thanks for the interview :)

  4. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for hosting, Hannah! Hope Dave didn’t give you too much trouble. He can be a handful sometimes. ;) xoxo

  5. Sara says:

    Awesome interview! I love how candid you were with the “ever after”. I had so many questions after finishing the book and this answered so many of them. Hannah… very insightful questions. Stephanie… loved hearing Dave’s perspective on all these questions. This satisfied my need for a sequel, although I wouldn’t complain if you did write one!

  6. Sabrina says:

    Fun interview. Since I haven’t read the book, I had to quit reading the interview mid way through when it became a bit spoilerish. Really piqued my interest and can’t wait to devour it.

  7. Julie Reece says:

    I CANNOT wait to read this!!!!!! It sounds so mazing, doesn’t it? :)