Where are you from? Serenity Harbor, Maine
Tell us a bit about Love in the Library. It all takes place in 24 hours, most of them in the library. Quite a lot happens, but I’m a gentleman so I’m not going to blab.
What did you think the first time you saw Belle Standish? I thought she had on too much blush, but then I realized she was sunburned. And hot, not only because of the sunburn.
Good comeback. And your second thought? That she talked a lot about books, which is usually my thing, being a librarian and all.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Um, no. I’ve never been a romantic guy. It was more like fright at first sight—she kept pointing her finger at me and lecturing.
What do you like most about her? As a quote from a movie aficionado: “She completes me.”
That is so sweet, and appropriate. How would you describe her? She’s, um, not perfect, but perfect for me.
How would Belle describe you? She says I’m not quite as uptight as I used to be, which I guess is a good thing.
What made you choose library science for a career? Doesn’t every nerdy little boy with glasses want to surround himself with books? Actually, my first love is movies. I majored in film as an undergrad, and I’m writing a screenplay.
What is your biggest fear? That my assistant Hailey Fuller takes over the library for me on my honeymoon.
How do you relax? Ha ha ha. Actually, I love to sit in the sun and read. That’s a little tough during a Maine winter, but sometimes I travel to warmer places. Now I can go with Belle. And movies, of course. Gotta watch the competition.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? It has to be Belle’s fictional hero the Duke of Deverel. If you read “Love in the Library,” you’ll find out why.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Never judge a book by its cover.
Thanks, Rob. We really enjoyed this story and it's been fun getting to know you better. Now it's Maggie's turn at bat.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer and why?I’m a huge fan of anything by Georgette Heyer or Loretta Chase. I love the witty banter.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I worked as a school librarian and library clerk for 8 years. Like Rob will tell you, some of the most interesting things in the library are to be found behind the books. I’ve hung out in so many small-town libraries I could see Serenity Harbor’s as clear as day.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what
influenced your decision to submit to them? I’ve written for Berkley and Kensington. Both have been very supportive, and I have to thank my agent for getting me placed with them.
What project[s] are you working on now? I’m working on the fourth book of the Cotswold Confidential series. It’s a marriage in trouble story. Big trouble. The wife thinks her husband is dead! And with my critique partners and besties, I’m in another anthology besides Welcome to Serenity Harbor that released November 1st. The book is Once Upon a Christmas, and it covers 200 years of Ravenglass dukes through the Regency, Victorian era, World War II and today. I wrote the Regency duke and had a blast.
What's up next for you? The Cotswold Confidential books come out next year, starting with Schooling the Viscount on January 31, 2017. A quiet little village in the Cotswolds is the destination for all sorts of bad-behaving young ladies and gentlemen who have driven their families to distraction. Will they reform, or fall in love? Probably both.
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