Mr. DiPasqua: Ladies and Gentlemen, the dance has begun!
I'd like you to help me welcome my first guest at the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party--Mr. Galen! He's married to the wonderful and talented Shana Galen. She writes Regency Historical Romance for Sourcebooks. They're looking very sharp on their wedding day, aren't they?
Great to have you here, Mr. Galen. Your wife’s fans would like to know more about the RH (Romance Husband) behind the author. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Scholar? Athlete? Business man? Artist?
Mr. Galen: Shana calls me Ultimate Sports Fan (USF) if that tells you anything. Although I am not the biggest sports fan in the world, because I do not watch Plane Racing or Bass Fishing on TV, but pretty much anything else. Ok, I do watch Bass Fishing sometimes, but not that often. Well, I did watch Plane Racing on TV once, but that doesn’t really count. So yes I pretty much watch anything related to sports on TV. The few hours a week I am not watching sports, I am working in Healthcare.
Mr. DiPasqua: Where did you and your wife meet? What convinced you that she was the one?
Mr. Galen: We met at a dinner for my best friend’s wife, who also happens to be a writer. Mr. Sophie Jordan and I were roommates in college. Shana had just signed her first contract and so I told her that the “wealthy published author” should pay for all 8 of us. She did not think that was very funny. However, she grew to like me more as the evening wore on.
I knew she was the one because she was hot and seemed to like me, so I said what the heck, let’s get married. In all seriousness though, we had a strong connection very quickly and she was everything I ever wanted in a woman, smart, caring, loving, and of course hot!
Mr. DiPasqua: Where were you when she got THE CALL from her agent/editor? What was your reaction when she told you she’d sold her first book?
Mr. Galen: I had not yet met my wife when she got the call, but I am sure I was watching sports on TV at the time, or attending a sporting event, or at the very least thinking about sports at the time.
My first reaction was that I thought she was rich and should buy six strangers and a couple of friends dinner at a sushi restaurant in Houston. After that, I learned what reality was and learned as much as I could about Romance Writers, since I would be dating one.
Mr. DiPasqua: Okay, some quick multiple choice questions: Is the hero in your wife’s last book:
a) Just like you;
b) The opposite of you;
c) You wish it were you;
d) More like Mr. May in the NYC Firefighter calendar.
Mr. Galen: e) I have no idea. I don’t read her books because there are no sports in them ;)
Mr. DiPasqua: On your first date with your wife, were you most like:
a) Prince Charming;
b) Prince (bad boy) Harry;
c) The Artist formally known as Prince;
d) Prince, the family pet.
Mr. Galen: a) Prince Charming of course. I even called to let her know I’d be an hour late because I was at an Astros playoff game. Obviously this was at a time when the Astros were good, unlike today. In spite of my tardiness, we had a nice dinner and conversation that led to some Romance (just nice kissing, get your mind out of the gutter. It was a first date for goodness sake.)
Mr. DiPasqua: Nowadays when you hear the word “ball” do you immediately think:
c) An uncontrollable weeping reaction of fans upon meeting your wife in person?
d) A gathering of lords and ladies.
Mr. Galen: a) and b). Also I think of football, volleyball, soccer, tennis, golf, and my daughter. My daughter, because she cannot say “ball.” She says, “Bapp.” Even though I have told her no less than 157 times that it is pronounced “Ball.” That’s ok though, she is only 21 months, so I will cut her some slack.
Mr. DiPasqua: How long have you been a RH? (Romance Husband). What advice would you give new RH’s about what you learned being married to a romance author? What should a new RH do or not do when his wife is under deadline?
Mr. Galen: I have been a Romance Husband for five years now. The best advice I can give a new RH is to give your wife the time she needs to write. Make sure you do whatever it takes to give her the time she needs to get her writing work done. I have learned that there is always something to work on. New proposal, chapters for the WIP, a synopsis for the new three book series, blogs, website updates, revisions, critiques, and even twitter and facebook for fans.
Frankly, my dear wife is the type of writer that gets things done early, like making me do this blog five days before it is due. I don’t think she has been close to not meeting a deadline ever. A little exaggeration, but not by much, so the advice would be encourage your writer to finish early or just shut up and stay out of her way.
Mr. DiPasqua: Sounds like good advice to me! All right, you know I have to go there . . . What’s your response when asked, “So where does your wife get the inspiration for her love scenes?” (Usually by a guy smirking.)
Mr. Galen: I usually answer “I am the inspiration for the love scenes and the men on the cover.” I mean if they are going to be ridiculous enough to ask the question, I will give them what they want.
Mr. DiPasqua: What character in your wife’s books would she say most resembles you and/or your personality?
Mr. Galen: I think she would say “Dave” from Reality TV Bites, one of the Chick Lit books she published about five years ago as Shane Bolks. Dave was very much into sports, and I was, of course, the inspiration for the love scenes in that one as well. Little known fact: I came up with the title for that book. It must have been the key to the book’s success.
Mr. DiPasqua: Just between us guys, tell me something about your wife her fans would be surprised to learn.
Mr. Galen: Well as long as it is between us guys, then I guess I will talk about it. My wife has a horrible secret that not many know about…..she is ….a Vegetarian. I know, the hell that I must go through being married to someone who does not eat meat. I am a carnivore mind you, so this is a mixed marriage. Even in this day and time, some people don’t approve of such things, so I keep it a secret. She doesn’t even eat fish, can you believe that. “I don’t eat anything that has a face”, she always says. Choosing restaurants is a nightmare and I don’t even think about asking her to cook a steak for me.
In all seriousness though, I love my wife in spite of her obvious error in judgment by CHOOSING not to eat meat. She has been a Vegetarian since she was 13 years old when she found out how veal cows were fed and killed. I won’t tell you how long she has been a Vegetarian because I don’t want the writing crowd struggling to do the math on her age, and if I did she might murder me. So I will play it safe and say she has been a Vegetarian her entire adult life. I admire her conviction and the fact that she has never once tried to make me become a Vegetarian.
Mr. DiPasqua: Thanks so much for participating in the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party. You’ve been a great sport! One last question: What would you like us to know about your wife’s latest or upcoming release?
Mr. Galen: Shana Galen’s upcoming release is entitled Lord and Lady Spy and is due out in September. It is an exciting, action packed adventure that is loosely based on Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the movie starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie from a few years ago. My wife claims I had nothing to do with the book, but as I recall I helped brainstorm ideas for this one, so I think it is her best yet. Others agree with my assessment as it has been recently named one of Publisher’s Weekly Top Ten Romances in their Fall 2011 Preview issue. Of course as always, I am the inspiration for the love scenes and the cover model is loosely based on me, VERY LOOSELY.
Mr. DiPasqua: Now that you mention it, I think I resemble that guy on the cover of A Midnight Dance. Well, maybe if you squint a little. Okay, okay. . .a lot. But you folks don't want to hear that, do you? You want to know about the great giveaway. Check this out:
GIVEAWAY: Shana will be giving away a signed copy of Lord and Lady Spy, but the winner will have to wait until the book’s release in September to receive it. (Contest open to residents of the US and Canada)
To win you must:
1. Ask a question or leave a meaningful comment below---We're men. We can take it. So fire away! :)
2. You MUST be a follower/subscriber of Lila DiPasqua's blog (through Google Friend Connect).
3. Please indicate if you live outside Canada or the US. You can still leave a comment! Your comment will *not* count toward this giveaway, but *will* count toward the Grand Prize listed at the very bottom of this blog.
4. Winner will be selected at random on SUNDAY.
Ways to increase your odds at winning are found at the very bottom of this blog.
Mr. DiPasqua: Don't forget to return tomorrow. Another RH will be here! Now, let's hear your comments or questions! :)