✨ Character Interview ✨
NAME OF CHARACTER: Robin Bennett
in The Firefly by Laury A. Egan,
pub date August 12, 2023,
Spectrum Books, UK.
Q: What impression do you make on people when they first meet you?
A: Reserved, creative, and I hope smart.
Q: How about after they’ve known you for a while?
A: Self-assured, solitary, with quiet humor, thoughtful, hard-working, and focused on my architectural career and business.
Q: What is your profession?
Q: Describe your ideal partner.
A: The Firefly (Stella), the girl I met by a lake at night, when I was fourteen. Perfect.
Q: What’s the most important thing in your life?
A: Searching for Stella. Designing custom houses based on several core architectural plans. Growing my business.
Q: Your thoughts on love?
A: I’m afraid I’ll never find the right woman, not if I can’t locate Stella. No one has ever made me feel the way she did, even if we spent only a few hours together.
Q: Your greatest extravagance?
A: Gourmet dining at Manhattan restaurants, nights at the Metropolitan Opera, spending money enlarging my architectural firm.
Q: Is there anything you haven’t done that you want to do?
A: Be in a primary relationship with a woman.
Q: Your quirky habits?
A: On the June anniversary nights of when I met Stella, I light a candle in an Art Deco lantern like the one on the dock. No one can see the light, but I’m impelled to do this.
Q: What quality do you like most in a man/woman?
A: An aesthetic or creative personality, cultured, intelligent.
Q: What trait do you most despise?
A: Lack of talent and ambition, egotism, narrowmindedness.
Q: What are you most afraid of?
A: Never finding Stella; never finding a primary relationship.
Q: What do you value the most?
A: Creativity, hard work, my parents, and the colleagues who work for me in my architectural firm.
Q: Favorite food
A: Asian fusion cuisine, though I love a wide range of cooking styles and enjoy cooking myself.
Q: What would you consider your perfect night out?
A: A front row seat at a Metropolitan Opera performance with dinner at a nearby fine restaurant. Or, if I’m really honest, a reunion with my great love, Stella.
Q: What was your first thought or impression when you met the person you fell in love with?
A: Stella was magnetic, enchanting, magical, beautiful.
Q: What would you change about the person you fell in love with?
A: Nothing…just wish with all my heart I could find her again.
Q: What do you like most about the person you fell in love with?
A: Her serenity, beauty, intelligence, and sensuality.
Q: What would you change about yourself?
A: I work too hard and play too little. Perhaps I’m a little serious and reserved, don’t show my feelings easily (more head than heart), but if I found Stella again…oh, I’d be very different!
by Laury A. Egan
Publisher: Spectrum Books
Cover Artist: Design by Laury A. Egan with assistance by Andrew May and Vicki DeVico
Release Date: August 12, 2023
Genres: F/F Romance and portrait of a teenager, age 14, through adulthood, age 40
Tropes: teenage lovers separated
Themes: Solitariness of a creative girl/woman, sexual orientation confusion in the 60s, pressure to conform to social expectations
Heat Rating: 3 flames
Length: Novel / 74,000 Words / 304 Pages
The Firefly is a standalone book and does not end on a cliffhanger.
A Romance by a Lake; a Life Searching for a Teenage Lover
1964: A dark summer night on a still black lake. A lantern is lit at the end of a dock. A blond girl in white appears and begins to dance, her body illuminated like the fireflies surrounding her. A second girl emerges from a house and is beckoned forward. The two meet, swim, and then kiss. Thus begins an ethereal romance and a young woman’s journey into adulthood.
Robin Bennet, age fourteen, has been accidentally abandoned at a lakeside rental house in the Pocono Mountains. Her parents were arguing, and each believed the other had remained with Robin. Alone, Robin discovers that someone has been sleeping in the house and is now stealing vodka and snacks. A fifteen-year-old boy, Kieran, the intruder, appears and invites himself to dinner. Robin is charmed by him, especially when she learns he is the brother of the beautiful girl who magically appeared on the dock the night before. After Kieran leaves, the “Firefly” returns, lights the lantern, and circles around it until Robin joins her. The two swim and make love on the beach. When Robin awakens, the Firefly—Stella—has disappeared, and Robin’s mother arrives, announcing they will return to New Jersey immediately because she is divorcing Robin’s father. Frantic, Robin tries to find Stella, a search that continues while Robin builds a career as an architect in Manhattan, fails in marriage, and struggles with her sexual identity.
About the Author
Laury A. Egan is the author of eleven novels: The Firefly; Once, Upon an Island; Doublecrossed; The Swimmer; Fabulous! An Opera Buffa; The Outcast Oracle; Turnabout; Wave in D Minor; The Ungodly Hour; A Bittersweet Tale; TheOutcast Oracle; and Jenny Kidd as well as a collection, Fog and Other Stories. Four limited-edition poetry volumes have been published: Snow, Shadows, a Stranger; Beneath the Lion’s Paw; The Sea & Beyond; and Presence & Absence. Eighty-five of her stories and poems have appeared in literary journals. She lives on the northern coast of New Jersey.