I am so excited to be able to welcome Author Bethany Hagen to the blog today for the LANDRY PARK Blog Tour to talk about one of my most favorite characters in her novel, David Dana.
I was immediately intrigued by David, about who he really was, what secrets he was keeping, and just what he thought about Madeline. He kept me guessing throughout the story, but I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t quite figure him out. Madeline had an equally difficult time, or so it seemed.
And while I’d love to talk about all the reasons why I adored him, I think the author does a far better job and I’d likely reveal a bit too much of the story in trying to explain just how this charming, intense, mysterious, maddening boy won me over.
Of course he wasn’t the only reason I loved this story and can’t wait for the sequel’s release. I was fascinated by the historical aspects that mirrored our history – and our mistakes – in many ways. I enjoyed seeing the main character, Madeline Landry, evolve as the story progressed. I loved learning about her family’s history, even if it… well, I’m not going to reveal that.
But it was just so easy to be swept up in this story and transported to this futuristic society that felt very much like a historical one. It was so very easy to imagine that this author’s version of the future could become a reality. It was so nice to read a story whose world was so well-developed and well-thought out.
Of course it would be much nicer if I could return to this world instantly rather than having to wait for the next book in the series. Especially as I’m just so curious about a certain Captain MacAvery and just what will happen next, after that rather interesting tidbit of information we were given right there at the end.
Anyway… if you haven’t yet had the chance to meet David Dana, Author Bethany Hagen gives you a bit more insight into who he is, why he’s one of her favorite characters to write and why he drives Madeline Landry crazy.
And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of this amazing book, just enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
The Guest Post
Bethany Hagen Talks About Her Character David Dana
Like many books, Landry Park has a boy, David Dana, who is all blond hair and blue eyes, a captain in the military and too wealthy for his own good. He’s also cognitive dissonance embodied. After the death of his father, he and his mother move to Kansas City, and as an unattached bachelor, he makes quite a splash. David is a bit of a shock to Madeline—he’s extremely flirtatious, very playful and not afraid of an argument. He challenges her quite a bit—on her beliefs and her perspectives—but at the same time doesn’t seem to take anything too seriously.
Of course this all drives Madeline crazy.
I think David has lots of literary progenitors, all stemming from my favorite books. He’s a little bit Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind, a little bit Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey, and a little bit like Lancelot of Camelot. He is one of my favorite characters to write because his motivations are so shaded and contradictory and unknown (even to himself sometimes.) Plus, he’s always dressed in tuxedos and tight sweaters, and I like that in a character.
About Landry Park
Series: Landry Park #1
Author: Bethany Hagen
Release date: February 4, 2014
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish Gentry, sixteen year old Madeline Landry dreams of going off to the University. Gentry decorum and her domineering father won’t allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when her childhood friend is attacked and she witnesses Gentry golden boy David Dana secretly helping a Rootless girl, in spite of the fact that the Rootless, who maintain the nuclear power the country relies on, are exposed to dangerous radiation. As Madeline begins to question everything she has been taught her whole life, rumors of war and rebellion begin to swirl amidst Gentry courtships and extravagant debuts. Soon Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she is forced to make a choice: to stay with the Gentry—her family, her charmed life, and the estate she loves dearly—or to join David in the fight for Rootless equality.
About Bethany Hagen
Bethany Hagen was born and raised in Kansas City, meaning she can tolerate jazz for brief amounts of time and is offended by dry rub barbecue. She grew up reading Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, and all things King Arthur. When she’s not working at the library or running around with her kids and husband, she’s writing or thinking about writing. Landry Park is her debut book.
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