November 23, 2015

mcm: meet rob from 'what happens at midnight'

Every good love story needs a swoon-worthy heartthrob. This Man Crush Monday, get to know Rob, the man who captures Natalie's fancy in What Happens at Midnight, now available in All I Want For Christmas from Marching Ink.

Oh, Rob. You fulfill so many of the traits I find appealing in a young man. You're smart, fun, family-oriented, and focused.

You also become a firefighter, which is a profession I've crushed on since I was in kindergarten. (Our bus drivers were two dishy Tom Selleck-type firefighters who shared the route, and my heart.) Aside from paying tribute to two of my first crushes, I also made Rob a firefighter as a nod to a young man I exchanged a series of texts and phone calls with during my days in Houston. (You can actually read more about that what-if story in this guest post I wrote earlier this year.)

Because Rob doesn't actually get a POV in What Happens at Midnight, I had to develop his character as much as I could through his actions and words. That's always a fun challenge for an author.

And like Everett in Making Christmas, Rob's name has a special behind-the-scenes meaning. I named him Rob in honor of Robert Burns, who wrote Auld Lang Syne, which seemed to fit the theme of this story.

For the Hallmark adaptation of this story, I'm open for casting options. I wouldn't mind introducing some fresh new talent. And I also wouldn't mind seeing Michael Trevino take the helm.


And now for a questionnaire to get to know Rob's holiday tastes.

Favorite Christmas Song: Is it too cute if I say "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"

Favorite Christmas Movie: We used to watch Scrooged a lot every year.

Favorite Holiday Treat: I know it's traditionally a Thanksgiving food, but I like pumpkin pie all through the holiday season.

Favorite Holiday Drink: I'm usually a beer drinker, and I like Shiner's Holiday Cheer.

Favorite Holiday Memory: There are too many to pick just one. I come from a big, loud family. Spending time with all of them is my favorite part of every holiday season. If I had to pick one, I'd probably say the first year I got my dog. My nieces and nephews went crazy for him. He did end up eating a giant cinnamon candle, though, which means he spent most of the night throwing it up. Still, it was a good chance for us to get to know each other better.

About What Happens at Midnight
Romantic comedy junkie Natalie lives out those fantasies in real life three New Year's Eves in a row when fate throws her together with the same handsome stranger. A heartbreaking turn of events leaves her swearing off of love, forevers, and the holidays (bah humbug). That is until the mystery man from her past reappears years later. Over a holiday season, Natalie struggles to reconcile the whimsical notions of her past with the practical sensibilities she has worked so hard to develop. With the countdown to a new year looming, she must decide whether or not she is willing to give happily ever after another shot.

All I Want For Christmas is Now Available

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