From the Booking Desk:
Rob Hart is one of the nicest guys you will meet in the crime fiction community. I’ve chatted with him at various conventions and events, shared a table with him at a Libraries Tea, and chatted with him about Ron Howard’s option on his next novel in the bookstore where he used to work. Now, he’s a super-star! His 2019 book, The Warehouse, is literally my most anticipated read of next year – and I am most certainly not alone in saying that. (I’m sure that an ARC will be on it’s way to me soon…hint, hint). But in all honesty, I am fortunate that I was able to book him for the Composite Sketch series before he’s too much of a celebrity to visit my little blog. (No, I don’t really think Rob will every forget the climb to the top and those many friends he made along the way, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t give him some ribbing.) Rob Hart deserves every bit of his success and I couldn’t be happier for him. I hope that you all enjoy getting to know him a little better through his answers to our weekly inquisition.
Name: Rob Hart
Location: StatenIsland, NY
This person from my personal life is such an inspiration:
My wife. She is brilliant, and funny, and she makes me want to be a better person. For her, and for our daughter. She is also, to my mind,the ultimate beta reader, because she has a master’s degree in English literature but doesn’t work in publishing and reads widely in every genre.
One of the people I admire most in the crime fiction community is:
Gabino Iglesias. The dude hustles—more, it seems, on behalf of other people than for himself. Which is almost too bad, because he’s a fantastic writer and I wish he would spend more time doing that (his newest, Coyote Songs from Broken River Books, is phenomenal). Seriously, he works really hard to promote authors—especially marginalized voices. He’s not afraid to call out bullshit in the publishing industry, and lends a perspective that is both thoughtful, and frequently lacking. And whenever I go down to Austin he finds time to go out for bomb-ass tacos, which is always a book tour highlight.
STALKER ALERT! If this fictional character were real, they would likely need to get a restraining order against me:
Lincoln Rhyme. I have fallen pretty hard for Jeff Deaver’s series character and I would want to hang around him just to learn stuff by osmosis, and of course, Lincoln being Lincoln, it’s doubtful he would be having any of that…
People are always surprised that I am a fan of this individual(singer, actor, or artist):
I can’t think of a good instance where I said “I like this person” and someone else expressed shock and surprise. But in terms of casting against type…I love Yo-Yo Ma. His rendition of Bach’s cello suites is probably my most listened-to album.
My personal catch phase is (or should be):
Any random string of profanity will do.