Monday, 18 March 2013

Musa Monday: Wench Dusty Crabtree Blog Tour...


Today, I have fellow Wench, Dusty Crabtree, who is on her whirlwind blog tour for Shadow Eyes. 






Welcome to the blog, Dusty!


Thank you for hosting me, Eleni! Hopefully your readers will get to learn something new and interesting about me!


Everyone, don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win a print copy of Shadow Eyes, your full name in the sequel, and a KINDLE FIRE!



You are currently doing a blog tour for ‘Shadow Eyes’. Can you describe this book for us?

Sure! How about the synopsis:

Iris Kohl lives in a world populated by murky shadows that surround, harass, and entice unsuspecting individuals toward evil. But she is the only one who can see them. She’s had this ability to see the shadows, as well as brilliantly glowing light figures, ever since an obscure, tragic incident on her fourteenth birthday three years earlier.

Although she’s learned to cope, the view of her world begins to shift upon the arrival of three mysterious characters. First, a handsome new teacher whose presence scares away shadows; second, a new friend with an awe-inspiring aura; and third, a mysterious and alluring new student whom Iris has a hard time resisting despite already having a boyfriend.

As the shadows invade and terrorize her own life and family, she must ultimately revisit the most horrific event of her life in order to learn her true identity and become the hero she was meant to be. 


Please tell us a little about your road to publication. 

It took me about 8 months to write the initial draft of Shadow Eyes. Once it was finished, I worked on revision and continued to work on revision as I sent queries to agents and publishers and got several rejections. I was actually still revising up until I was signed by Musa Publishing. From first draft to getting signed, it was another long 8 months. After that, it was fairly easy. The editing process and helping create the cover was super fun. I’m excited to go through that process again with the sequel!



What attracted you to the YA genre?

The simple answer: I have a passion for teens. I’m a high school teacher and a youth sponsor at my church if that says anything. Some people would say I’m crazy or a glutton for punishment. But honestly, I just want the opportunity to touch their lives. Whether that’s through being a caring mentor, being a good role model, being a friend when they need one, helping them through difficult times, or giving them hope through a book…I try to do what I can.


Are you a plotter? Pantser? Or somewhere in between?

I am totally a plotter! I am way too much of a control freak to be a panster. Lol! However, I do recognize that there are times when my characters or a certain scene may take a direction I didn’t necessarily plan. Also, my outline obviously has some gaps, and in those moments I just let inspiration help me find a way from Point A to Point B.



What are you working on now? And what’s in the near future for Dusty Crabtree?

You mean besides this blog tour, right? Haha. I’m actually still in the midst of writing the sequel to Shadow Eyes. I’m about 2/3 of the way finished, but I plan on getting more done very soon!


What is your favourite part of the process of writing?

I love those moments when the perfect wording or phrasing just comes to you, and while you’re typing, you can’t help but smile at the perfection! Similarly, I also love when you get in the zone and the writing just flows. Pure magic!


What are you currently reading?

Um…my students papers? Lol! This blog tour has been eating up my reading time lately. But it’s almost over, AND by the time you’ll be reading this, it’ll be my spring break!!! So, by then my answer will be the last book of the Hush Hush series – Finale! So super excited for that!


And now for the Rafflecopter....




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Thanks, Dusty!


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Buy Shadow Eyes at Musa Publishing (also available at all major online bookstores)



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