Monday, April 1, 2013

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - Dead Peasants by Dustin Stevens

Drama- Literary Fiction
Date Published: 2/22/13

Bargain Mart, long a fixture in the Missoula economic structure has fallen on hard times. Things are dire,

and if a financial windfall doesn’t arrive soon, their doors will close.

Across town, a woman grieves her recently deceased husband. Sitting alone at her kitchen table trying

to put her life back in order, a call arrives asking where his quarter million dollar life insurance policy

should be sent. A quarter million dollar life insurance policy she never knew existed.

Answering the phone on the other end of her call for help is Drake Bell, third year law student at the

University of Montana. Joined by his partner Ava, and his loyal friends the Zoo Crew, Drake must

attempt to make sense of the case Alice presents him.

A case that only grows more complex as people continue to pass in Missoula, all with ties to Bargain

Mart, all with large life insurance policies attached to them. Policies known in the corporate world as

Dead Peasants…

Reading Addiction Blog Tours MEET and GREET

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

At the moment no, though hopefully at some point. For now I work as a healthcare attorney in Hawaii and really love what I do, so I can’t imagine setting it aside. Ultimately though, possibly when I return to the mainland, writing full-time would be ideal.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

Honestly, it is simply finding the time to put everything down. I have a pair of Steno spiral-bound pads I carry around with me, both of which are full of story ideas and character sketches. Unfortunately, with the amount of time I give to my day job, finding enough hours to get them all down becomes tough. Eventually, though…

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of
Your Family?

That’s a tough question, as my family have undoubtedly been the most supportive along the way. Beyond that, there have been a few friends that have been vital in letting me occasionally bounce storylines off them or taking a glance at a rough draft, though to just mention one wouldn’t be fair to the others.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

I currently have two manuscripts that are being considered by smaller presses and am currently drafting the next in The Zoo Crew line.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

On average, I read 2-3 books a week, even while writing. I tend to find new authors, read everything they’ve ever done, then move on the next one, occasionally checking back when they put out something new. Right now I am reading the most recent Lee Child along with the Lt. Jacqueline Daniels line by J.A. Konrath.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?

MP3….Mine holds over 1,000 songs and I’m perpetually having to delete to stay under that number.

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate. Always. One of the few downsides to living in Hawaii is none of the Dairy Queens carry chocolate ice cream.

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?

Sweet Potato French Fries. I’m a country kid that spends a fair amount of time in Tennessee each year. Kind of comes with the territory.

#4 – Comedy or Drama?

Drama. I love to laugh, but prefer a good twist.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?

I have many, many authors that I read voraciously, but I don’t know if I’ve ever read either of these. I remember my mama being a Danielle Steel fan, so I’ll go with that one.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?

Reality, not counting the time I spend writing each day of course.

#7 – Call or Text?

Text. It’s easier to respond while writing without losing a train of thought.

#8 – Public School or Home School?

Public school. I attended a small country school in southern Ohio and wouldn’t have traded it for anything.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate?

I’ve actually never had coffee and can’t remember the last time I had hot chocolate. Rarely am I seen without sweet tea though.

#10 – eBook or Paperback?

Paperback. I spend a large amount of time staring at a screen between work and writing as is. I prefer seeing something without an ambient glow when I sit down to read.

I originally hale from southern Ohio, growing up in the heart of
farm country, and still consider it, along with West Tennessee,
my co-home. Between the two, I have a firm belief that football
is the greatest of all past-times, sweet tea is really the
only acceptable beverage for any occasion, there is not an
event on earth that either gym shorts or boots can't be worn
to, and that Dairy Queen is the best restaurant on the planet.
Further, southern accents are a highly likeable feature on most
everybody, English bulldogs sit atop the critter hierarchy, and
there is absolutely nothing wrong with a Saturday night spent
catfishing at the lake.

Since leaving I've been to college in New England, grad school
in the Rockies, and lived in over a dozen different cities
ranging from DC to Honolulu along the way. Each and every one of
these experiences has shaped who I am at this point and I have
developed enormous affinity for locales and people of every size
and shape.

By day I work as a healthcare attorney in Honolulu, focusing
largely on health policy and implementation. By night I am
usually found barefooting along one of Oahu’s many beaches
before heading inside to write. Dead Peasants is my eighth
novel, and the second in The Zoo Crew series. I am currently
working on the follow-up, along with a handful of independent


Follow Along With This Tour

April 2 - Logikal Blog - PROMO
April 4 - Bunny's Reviews- Interview/PROMO
April 7 - Andi's Book Reviews - Interview/PROMO
April 10 - Total Book Geek - Interview/PROMO
April 14 - Author Ever Leigh - Review
April 17 - My Reading Addiction - Review
April 20 - Candle Beam Book Blog - Review
April 22 - Gimme The Scoop Reviews - PROMO
April 24 - My Cozie Corner - Review
April 25 - Books and Other Spells - Guest Post/PROMO
April 26 - RABT Reviews - Review

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