Character Spotlight: Sandra Orchard’s Serena, Tanner, & Nate with a giveaway

A Fool & his Monet



Meet an FBI agent and two men in her life in

Sandra Orchard’s


A Fool & His Monet



The Story

As the youngest member of the FBI Art Crime Team, Serena Jones has a passion for recovering lost and stolen art—one that’s surpassed only by her zeal to uncover the truth about who murdered her grandfather. She joined the FBI Art Crime Team with the secret hope that one of her cases will lead to his killer. Now, despite her mother’s pleas to do something safer—like get married—Serena’s determined to catch thieves and black market traders.

When a local museum discovers an irreplaceable Monet missing, Serena leaps into action—and a whole lot of trouble. Though her boss advises against pursuing her main suspect, she can’t resist her instincts, her drive, and her desire to find more clues about her grandfather’s death. Jones will certainly find a lot of trouble, but will she find the Monet?

Introducing Serena, Tanner, & Nate

Brief physical description

Serena Jones is physically fit, with long blonde hair usually worn in a ponytail, hazel eyes, and a ready smile.


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Strengths and weaknesses

Serena is very personable—the kind of woman who listens to what you say, remembers your name and uses it—but she’s clueless to how guys mistake the quality for romantic interest. She’s highly competent and dedicated to her job, but driven to succeed, so finding balance in her life is a challenge. She’s claustrophobic.

Quirk (if any)

To help her recall names she connects people in her mind with famous actors.

Your inspiration for the character

She’s a cross between Miss Congeniality and Stephanie Plum.

Background to the story 

The idea for the series came from a combination of wanting to write something more light-hearted with a couple of potential love interests (think Stephanie Plum but with a competent FBI agent heroine) and reading a newspaper article about the Montreal police detective who founded one of the top art-theft units in the world. The FBI estimates that the international black market in art is worth about $6-billion a year. The mafia uses it to launder money. Terrorists use it to raise money. And regular old thieves of every stripe (from rich art dealers to street punks) try their hand at snagging a piece of that pie. Which makes for great potential fodder. For this particular story, I researched several real-life museum heists to help me create a variety of credible suspects. I then let my imagination run wild to create backstories for each that might have motivated them to commit the crime.

Serena has two important men in her life: Tanner Calhoun, her former field-training agent and sometimes partner, and Nathan (Nate) Butler, her apartment superintendent.

Brief physical description

Tanner: Muscular physique on a looming 6’4” frame. Dark hair, dark brown eyes, and a warm smile bracketed by enormous dimples, amid his scarcely grown in beard look. He’s 10 years older than Serena.

Nate: At 30, his tousled brown hair and the scarcely grown-in beard makes him look as if he’d carelessly decided to stop shaving for a week. He’s 5’11”, average build.


Tanner: Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Nate: Bradley Cooper

Strengths and weaknesses

Tanner: confident, intense, resourceful, protective, quick-witted,

Nate: has strong observational and listening skills, but is guarded in what he reveals about himself; he’s always willing to lend a hand, and looks out for others’ welfare

Quirk (if any)

Tanner: uses humor to defuse tense situations, often playing off Serena’s movie star quirk.

Nate: has an uncanny ability to finish Serena’s thoughts

Your inspiration for the characters

I wanted the men in Serena’s life to fill very different needs in her life and for the important people in her life—father, mother, great aunt, best friend—to not agree on who’s best for her. So…Tanner’s strengths and priorities complement her work persona and Nate’s interests and priorities, such as his interest in art and love of old movies, complement her personal side. But both men have depths and secrets that will take several novels for her to discover.

Sandra Orchard invites readers of A Fool and His Monet to vote for their favorite man in Serena’s life here:

Thanks Sandra!

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21 Responses to Character Spotlight: Sandra Orchard’s Serena, Tanner, & Nate with a giveaway

  1. I would have Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa

  2. I do like some of Monet’s paintings: Gladioli (1876) and his Waterlilies (1904 and 1905). They are very restful. I like paintings that have a calming, rather than frenetic, feel. I also really like Van Gogh’s paintings of irises.

  3. Wow! I unfortunately don’t know much about art. I guess a Monet would be quite lovely in my home though.

  4. I don’t follow art at all and not sure who I would want. Since this book is about a Monet – how about a painting by Monet!

  5. I really like Cafe Terrace at Night by Van Gogh. Thank you for the giveaway!

  6. Something by Monet or another impressionist artist. Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. I am a huge fan of Monet! I have 3 of his works already on my wall and would love to add to my collection! Excited to read this book!

  8. Van Gogh painting

  9. I subscribe to an app called Daily Art and ran across a painting the other day that really grabbed my eye. It’s called Sct. Hans Evening at Vejle Fiord by Harald Slott-Moller. It’s a striking painting of a woman in the foreground wearing a red cape and looking out to the horizon.

  10. My mother is a very talented artist, so I would have to say one of her paintings !

  11. I have always loved Norman Rockwell! If I could have an original hanging in my house I’d be ecstatic!

  12. I’m so enjoying hearing what everyone enjoys. I’d like to use a van Gogh in a future book, because it’d make a great title: Easy Come, Easy Gogh. :)

  13. Frank O’Meara’s “Toward Night and Winter”. Though I also love Monet’s Water Lily Pond paintings.

  14. Although I admire some of the classical artists and their work,I have always found such peace in the paintings of Thomas Kinkade.

  15. I’ll take a framed picture of Nate’s inspiration, lol!! Seriously, though, I love Grandma Moses’ work, and it would go well in my home. I love the synopsis of this book! #TBR

  16. I favor Thomas Kincaid’s artwork, especially the one with the white dogwood and colorful azaleas. I can imagine it being a welcoming scene as an entrance into heaven! It brings comfort to visualize my loved ones there.

  17. Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. There is a painting I recently found by Jon McNaughton. I would be happy to have that one or even a good print.

  19. I prefer some photography to paintings – I’d live to own one or two big prints of shots from the Hubble Space Telescope.

  20. Thank you Rel! I am thrilled to have won! :)

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