Welcome to Wednesday’s Author Game, Monte Dutton. It’s crazy… like his book.

Here we are, and it’s STILL July. Wow.  Is it just me or does this feel like the longest, hottest month ever?  No, that’s not an author question. I did write some new ones though. See what you think, and let’s see if Monte Dutton can follow the rules.


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What’s that? You like the new questions? GREAT.



First, a brief introduction. Monte Dutton has lived in Clinton, South Carolina, for most of his life. He wrote about auto racing for twenty of those years. He once played on a state championship high school football team. He plays guitar and writes songs and novels. Writing about NASCAR still helps him make ends meet. He thought he’d be a struggling artist thirty years ago, not now, but it’s not bad.


Hi Monte! Are you ready to play?

Take the Author Challenge: Answer 10 Questions in 10 Words

  1. Hi there. It’s a tough writing day ahead. What are you wearing?
    Sweats and tee shirt with pocket. Pretty standard. Comfortable.
  1. We’ve all read bad books for the right reasons. What’s the worst book you read, and why?
    James Dickey’s Alnilam. Like the movie Heaven’s Gate. Ambitious mess.
  1. Here’s a two-parter. You’ve been hired to write an episode in a popular TV series. You must introduce a new character and create a plot twist.
    A. What’s the show and name of character? (It’s okay to abbreviate show title.)
    The Simpsons. Homer’s twin brother Stoner.B. What’s the plot twist?
    Stoner moves in with Homer when the commune goes bust.
  1. Reading aloud can be sexy- or daunting. I want you to read to me. What do you choose and why?
    My song “Slip Away,” because broken hearts beget songs naturally.
  1. List ten unique things on or around your writing space.
    Guitar, tuner, capo, sketchpad, bills, heatpad, icepack, ballcap, backpack, pillow.
  1. For your book to become a best seller and make you bazillions, you have to lose one of the following: a leg, an arm, your vision, your spouse. Which do you choose?
    Too easy. I don’t have a spouse. Gain one, maybe?
  1. A famous NYC deli is naming a sandwich after you, what is it called and what’s in it?
    The Montezuma. Wheat bread, fried bologna, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo.
  1. Get in the car of your dreams and race me. What are we driving and where are we?
    Winged Dodge Charger Daytonas, circa 1970, at Darlington Raceway.
  1. Write your life’s story—so far—in ten words.
    Always wanted to write fiction. Finally got around to it.
  1. Go to your current WIP. Turn to page 10. Write the ten words that appear on line 10.
    They handled him roughly and demanded he open the trunk.


I’m still grinning after reading #3. I think you should write that script and send it to Matt Groening. I would definitely go back to watching the show if Stoner made an appearance. 🙂

If you want to follow Monte on his crazy adventures, hop over to his Facebook page or shoot him a tweet  @montedutton, @wastedpilgrim. Check out his author page on Amazon!

Better yet, show your support by buying his book right over here.

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Once Chance Benford wanted to coach football. He overdid it. Something was wrong with him. He and his life fell apart. He found Jesus but not in the normal way.
He’s no saint. He’s no sinner, either. He’s Crazy of Natural Causes, just like the world in which he lives.


Well, that was fun. Thank you for stopping by, Monte.  Best wishes to you and your book. I was trying to slip in a NASCAR term or joke here, but… I got nothing. See, this is why I need to talk to you. Especially since the next book in my trucker series deals with NASCAR.

( See how this whole meeting authors thing works? )


If you are a writer, or have a writer suggestion to play 10 for 10, please drop an email to linda@lindasands.com We are scheduling the rest of 2015 now.

Like what you read? Check out more of Linda’s writing over here.

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~ Matt McGee, editor, Falling Star Magazine

Have an awesome week!


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