Guess what happened to Stephanie Lawton on prom night …

Hello, class! Today, the debut author of Want, Stephanie Lawton, joins us to answer a few questions about her teenage years. You’ll have time at the end to ask your own questions, but for now, pencil’s down … and let’s begin!

Stephanie Lawton
Stephanie Lawton

My other car was a ________________

MUSTANG. I’ve always had a thing for Mustangs. Unfortunately, I was stuck with a hand-me-down Ford Tempo that I once threw into a ditch. Oops.

There was a hot teacher … her/his name was …

Mr. Taylor, but I never thought he was that hot for some reason. He was younger, so he was definitely hotter than the rest of them, but meh. So it’s weird that my book is about a hot teacher and his much younger student.

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Nerd? Geek? Jock? Snob?

Freak. I belonged to all of the groups and none at the same time. I was a nerd, but not THAT nerdy. I was in theater, but I wasn’t a drama queen. I wasn’t quite goth enough, not quite preppy enough … I guess I was sadly average?

If I could do it all again, I would …

I would stop trying to be like everyone else. I was so busy and uptight trying to be like whoever I thought was perfect at the time, that I didn’t get to just be myself. That didn’t happen until college.

There is no better class than _____________

Mr. Ott’s 12th grade British lit class! He was so snarky and hilarious. Half the stuff he really shouldn’t have said, but man was he entertaining. The highlight was when he performed his original “Hamlet Rap” complete with fingerless leather gloves. It was so dorky and adorable.

I will never, ever, ever do ____________________ again.

I did some really extreme things to be thin and it’s still causing issues in my adult life. I should have dealt with things in a healthier manner.

Now, before we get to the last question, let’s look at Stephanie’s book …

Want by Stephanie Lawton
Want by Stephanie Lawton

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.

Julianne can’t understand why Isaac suddenly gave up Boston’s music scene to return to the South. He doesn’t know her life depends on escaping it before she inherits her mother’s madness. Isaac knows he must resist his attraction to a student ten years his junior, but loneliness and jealousy threaten his resolve.

Their 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.

Will Julianne accept the help she’s offered and get everything she ever wanted, or will she self-destruct and take Isaac down with her?

Favorite one-line review about the book

WANT is a darkly seductive read that runs the gamut of emotions.

Favorite 6 sentences from the book

“Believe it or not, even a self-centered schmuck like me has a heart. Plus, you need me. Your brother’s at school, Ike’s … being Ike, and your dad doesn’t seem like the warm-fuzzy type. But I have to tell you, there are some things I won’t do for you. No matter how much you beg, I will not wipe your—”


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But before you go, one last question …

What really happened on prom night …

I totally fell in love with my best guy friend. We had been friends and dated off and on since eighth grade, but we were on prom court together (we lost) and I couldn’t have asked for a better evening. Unfortunately, I chose to ignore all the warning signs that he was a jerk, but … live and learn. I still have fond memories of him. *sigh*

Congratulations, Stephanie! Good luck with Want!

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