Paige wants two things: to land a full time librarian job and find the man of her dreams. On the cusp of thirty, she finds herself suddenly single and working part-time in a Michigan library. A handsome patron with a delicious accent appears at the reference desk, inadvertently sparking an idea that might help her land the promotion she so desperately needs. But that’s not the only thing he sparks.
James is in town from Glasgow, Scotland, on a summer artist residency. Luckily, the trip got him away from the pressure he feels to take over his uncle’s river tour business. He only wanted to clear his head and make his art in peace, but he wasn’t counting on finding an attractive librarian to fill his days.
With only eight weeks before James goes home to Scotland, Paige knows she should protect her heart. After all, she already wasted years with her commitmentphobe ex. But the more she gets to know James, the less she can stick to her plan to just be friends. Is she just wasting her time again, or can they bridge the ocean between them to find a happily ever after of their own?
Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
My grandmother and mother were huge readers. They definitely passed that love of books along to me.
When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’ LOL?
I’ve honestly never done this. It may sound strange, but even if part of my character is inspired by someone, once I start writing their story, the characters are their own people. They fully inhabit their own world, and most of the time, I feel like they’re telling me their story rather than the other way around.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Usually, the names just come to me. In the instances that they don’t, I use baby name lists online and I have an old Character Naming Sourcebook from Writer’s Digest that I’ve had since middle school that I’ll flip through to find just the right name.
Do you write other things beside books (and shopping lists 😉 )?
I also write short stories and poetry.
If a movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?
I’m very big on letting professionals do what they do. If someone wanted to adapt my books, I would want to talk with them to see what their vision is and then let it go. Creativity sparks more creativity, so it’d be interesting to see where my initial story inspired them to go. Also, there’s more than one way to tell a story. The one I write down is only what I had the ability and inclination to do at that time. The possibilities are always endless.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
I’m a huge fan of Edgar Allan Poe and Charlotte Bronte. I would love to have been able to interview them.
Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?
It depends on the book. For this book, Scotsman in the Stacks, I did contact a few of my Scottish friends to help me craft James into an authentic Scottish man. Their help was priceless in helping me with phrasing and even describing Glasgow for me so I could feel the energy of the place. That’s something you just can’t get from photos.
What is more important to you : a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course)
Both are immensely helpful for authors. I can appreciate that not everyone has the time and energy to write out a review. Sometimes a quick star rating is all one can manage before moving on to the next task in their day. Good reviews can be what it takes to get an author through the toughest parts of writing, so I definitely appreciate those too.
About the author
Alana Oxford is a Michigan author of romcoms, sweet romance, and humorous women’s fiction. She wants her stories to bring sunshine and smiles to her readers. She enjoys improv comedy, moody music, everything book related, and has an ongoing love affair with the United Kingdom.