Interview with LM Fox, Author of Mr. Second Best

27 Dec 2022

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Mr. Second Best?

What if the love of your life, belonged to your best friend? My debut into writing was a romantic suspense entitled, The Deprivation Trilogy. Mr. Second Best is an interconnected standalone that picks up where the series ended, focusing on two side characters. Melanie is a widow with two children and George “Huggie” Hughes is a firefighter who has been a family friend for many years. Her husband was Huggie’s best friend. He feels it’s his duty to look out for the family his friend left behind, but this is complicated. Because he’s secretly been in love with her for years. He’s tried to get past it to no avail. But he feels he can’t act on it without disrespecting his departed friend. It’s a story of love after loss, second chances, and unrequited love.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Mr. Second Best, what would they be?

The song that went through my head the most is The Loneliest by Maneskin.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I love the witty banter in enemies to lovers or grumpy sunshine contemporary romance. And yes, it’s my favorite to write.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

Ha… Holiday rom coms. I usually love the deep, angsty ones. But taking a break and indulging in lighter romance over the holidays.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

The wedding. Hands down my favorite chapter ever written.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I need to be free of familiar voices, but can’t write when it is too quiet. I do most of my writing in a Panera restaurant.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Yes: Ask, believe, receive, and be immensely thankful, for all is possible when we live in gratitude and joy.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

There is always room for a new beginning.


LM Fox is the author of the new book Mr. Second Best

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