Character Interview – Henry Tobler from The “What-If” Guy


Brooke Moss, author of The What-If Guy is guest-posting for us! She is talking to the guy himself – Henry Tobler. To read my review of the book click here.

Thanks for having me here today! I’ve invited Henry Tobler, Autumn’s what-if-guy in my new novel, to talk to your readers today, I hope that’s Ok? He was very excited for the chance to meet some of his fans. So without further ado…let’s meet Henry!

So Henry, tell me a little about yourself:

Well, I’m Henry Tobler, I grew up in the San Francisco area of California, but now I live in Fairfield, Washington.

What are your hobbies?

I play the violin, though I’m a bit rusty. I’m working on forming a strings group at the school, so I can work on some fine arts with the kids. I also love art history, and could spend hours walking around an art show or a museum. There is something to be said about spending time with my dog, Sal, who is absolutely the worst fetch player you will ever meet.

What is your job and how did you come to do that?

I am a history teacher at Palouse Plains Junior High, and I absolutely love my job. I love the students I work with, and I am having a blast getting to know each of their families. I actually studied to be an art history professor, but changed my major during the last quarter of my senior year. I decided I wanted to work with kids, and I haven’t regretted that decision once. I love what I do.

Do you have an enemy or nemesis?

Naw….I don’t have enemies. I had a thorn in my side towards Autumn for a number of years, but that was because I never quite got over her. I was still harboring some pretty strong feelings for her.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

I am going through an ugly divorce that has been dragging on for quite a while, and just ran into the one woman I never stopped loving. I want to be with Autumn, but I feel like I need to finish up my divorce before I do. But there is this magnet pull between the two of us that is damn near impossible to resist.

What is the one event that you feel has helped to shape your personality?

I’ve always wanted to work in a small school in a small town. For years, I resisted the urge, citing that the better money was in bigger schools in more lucrative cities. But my heart was in those smaller schools. When I made the decision to move to Fairfield and pursue work with a smaller school, I felt more alive than I had in years.

What is your earliest memory from your childhood?

I was fascinated by my mom’s print of a Jackson Pollock print. I would spend hours and hours looking at it. When I got older, I wanted to know about the artist. Where he was from, when did he die, stuff like that. I guess that inspired my fascination with historical art, and ultimately took me to Seattle to study after high school.

Are you involved in a romance?

That’s hard to say….sort of. I mean, I’m trying to resist, but I can’t. My heart belongs to Autumn. It always has.

Beer or wine?

There’s nothing better than a Samuel Adams after coming home from a long day of student’s passing notes and trying to text message during class.

Favorite Sports Franchise? (if applicable)

Well, don’t tell old Billy Cole this, as he is pretty obsessed with the Seattle Mariner’s, but I am a die hard 49ers fan.

What is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?

I want Autumn, Elliott, and I to be a family.

If you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?

Never pretend to love someone. If your heart belongs to someone, replacing them with the nearest willing body will not take the longing out of your heart. Your heart wants who it wants, period.

If you could say one thing to your author, what would it be?

Does Brooke Moss really think I resemble Gerard Butler so much? I’ve always thought I resembled Eric Bana.

It sure was cool to revisit my character today. I’m thrilled to be sharing my debut novel, The What If Guy with the world! It tells the tale of single mother, Autumn Cole, who is returning to the miniscule town of her youth, to reluctantly reclaim her role as daughter of the town drunk. Her life becomes even more complicated when she realizes that her son’s history teacher is the college sweetheart she dumped but never forgot. I look forward to hearing from all of my readers, to find out what they think of The What If Guy.

The What If Guy is available at Amazon, B&N, Books On Board, and at your local bookseller. A special thanks goes to Entangled Publishing for their amazing prizes and giveaways. Thanks guys!


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