#BIR2010 – Book Giveaway: Dust City by Robert Paul Weston + Interview

Welcome to Author Robert Paul Weston!
Robert is the author a little black book called Zorgamazoo (which you should only read it if you promise to read it aloud to someone you love) and a young adult fantasy called Dust City.


Any advice for aspiring writers?
Floss your teeth. You’re never going to have a decent dental plan.

What is the last book you read?
Follow Me Down by Shelby Foote

Who is your favorite author?
Kazuo Ishiguro

What is the last movie you saw?
Seven Men From Now

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Malaga and green tea (meaning I have two favourite flavours—1. malaga and 2. green tea. I don’t advise combining them.)

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
A Montreal bagel (Fairmount, please), a bowl of chopped fruit, and a cup of coffee made with a moka pot. That’s my breakfast nearly every day, in fact.

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?
A few of my faves are Little Barrie, Hanjiro, The Heartstrings, Eric Satie, The Tindersticks, Elvis Costello, Pizzicato Five, Gillian Hills. Phew, too many to name.

Is there anything you need in order to write?
A spiral notepad and a mechanical pencil. If I’m writing prose, I often listen to instrumental music that complements what I’m writing. While I was writing Dust City, I listened almost exclusively to a Scottish Klezmer outfit called Moishe’s Bagel. If I’m writing verse, however, only silence will do.

One food you would never eat?
Soylent green. Or red. Or yellow. None of the soylents, really.

What was the first book you read?
Curious George by Hans Augusto Rey and Margaret Rey.

If you could re-write the ending to a book written by someone else, what would it be?
Eww! I would never, ever do this. I won’t even deign to imagine it. Blasphemy!

If you could jump into any painting which one would it be?
Night Snow at Kambara by Utagawa Hiroshige. I’ve liked Japanese woodblock prints since I first encountered them, and there’s something about this famous winter image that I find extremely peaceful.

Do you prefer to write on the computer or with paper?

Paranormal or Normal?

What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
I don’t have a TV, but I like to watch football (soccer) in real life.

Which fictional character do you love to hate?
The Belgian Prankster!

If it was the end of the world and you could only save 5 books , which ones would it be?
I’m going to assume these are books I’m saving to take we me to some supposed afterlife, yes? After all, if it’s the end of the world and I save 5 books, who’s going to read them? This is really a “What are your 5 favourite books?” question, right? Okay then:
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill
The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios by Yann Martel
The Man Who Loved Only Numbers by Paul Hoffman
The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Other Plays by Martin McDonagh

Write a haiku about your last book.
magic is long gone
but they squeeze it from the earth
am I my father?

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
“No Reason, Please, I’m Rhyming”

What TV show/movie do you watch that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I really like the Bruce Willis movie, Hudson Hawk, even though it’s renowned for making zero money and always topping peoples’ lists of Worst Movies of All Time. Nevertheless, I love everything about it: Richard E. Grant and Sandra Bernhard as the over-the-top villains; David Caruso as Kit Kat, who only speaks with laconic one-liners written on index cards; Bruce Willis and Danny Aiello singing Frank Sinatra duets in order to time their heists! It’s ridiculous, and I love it.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
Is it cheating to say Utopia by Sir Thomas Moore? If so, then I choose The Big Con by David Maurer. It’s a non-fiction account of the language con artists used in early twentieth century America. All those guys—Yellow Kid Weil, Limehouse Chappie, Barney the Patch—they quite literally defined “roguish charm.” I’d love to ride the rails with them, maybe learn a few of their tricks, even though I know they’d swindle me blind before it was all over. It’d be worth it.

Dust City

by: Robert Pual Weston
Published by: Razorbill

Book Summary:
Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?
His son, that’s who.

Ever since his father’s arrest for the murder of Little Red Riding Hood, teen wolf Henry Whelp has kept a low profile in a Home for Wayward Wolves . . . until a murder at the Home leads Henry to believe his father may have been framed.

Now, with the help of his kleptomaniac roommate, Jack, and a daring she-wolf named Fiona, Henry will have to venture deep into the heart of Dust City: a rundown, gritty metropolis where fairydust is craved by everyone and controlled by a dangerous mob of Water Nixies and their crime boss leader, Skinner.

Can Henry solve the mystery of his family’s sinister past? Or, like his father before him, is he destined for life as a big bad wolf?

Giveaway Details:
Dust City by Robert Paul Weston
Open to US & Canada
Last day to enter is 12/16
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