Granby man publishes romantic comedy
Faithful followers of the Sky-Hi News might remember a weekly column that ran from 2007 to 2008 called “If Guys Could Talk.”
The column, written by Rob Taylor, was a comedic look at romance from a man’s perspective. After urging from Sky-Hi readers who enjoyed his column, Rob decided to dedicate his spare time to writing a novel.
He spent five years working nights and weekends to complete his story. The 54,000-word novel was a labor of love for Rob who retired from writing columns to pursue his dream.
His finished novel, recently published by Black Rose Writing, is titled “Love By George.”
“Love By George” is the story of Hope, a struggling female poet, and George, owner of a successful Chicago based dating service. The pair meets after being randomly called for the same drug and alcohol test.
Hope begins working for George and eventually a romance sparks on New Year’s Eve with possible repercussions for George’s business.
Several of the themes and story lines in “Love By George” are adaptations of various “If Guys Could Talk” columns. Similarly, several of the minor characters in the story are based on Grand County locals.
Along with his writing experience with the Sky-Hi, Rob has previously written articles for women’s magazines. Despite his regular freelance experience Rob was uncertain he could actually finish his novel.
“It was not until the sixth chapter that I felt like, ‘yes I can do this’,” he said.
Rob was able to gather a small focus group of 10 female readers of various ages in Grand County. He gave them different variations of his book and took their suggestions and incorporated them into future edits.
Rob, who is director of external affairs and key accounts at Mountain Parks Electric, plans to begin working on another novel soon.
“I have a couple of ideas in mind; also romantic comedies.” He said.
Rob’s book is available for
purchase from Barnes & Noble and Amazon on their respective websites. It is also available at The Mountain Grind Coffee & Bistro in Winter Park.
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