Mr. DiPasqua: Lila keeps saying I'm having way too much fun here at the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party. And she's right! Not only am I enjoying meeting the men behind the romance authors you love (guys I have a lot in common with!), but I'm also enjoying reading your comments each day. Please help me give a warm welcome to today's RH--Mr. March! Can you tell us who you’re married to and what she writes?
Mr. March: I’m married to the lovely, talented and currently one-eyed Ashley March. She writes kissy face romance books set in Biblical times. I think. Or the same time Charles Dickens was riding dinosaurs. Maybe. I’m not good with math.
Mr. DiPasqua: LOL! Your wife’s fans would like to know the RH (Romance Husband) behind the author better. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Scholar? Athlete? Businessman? Artist?
Mr. March: I am far too complicated to boil myself down into only four possible categories, so I’ll settle it with being a fellow writer. I was a reporter before I met her and have written for sports (like MMA) for years. Currently I am trying my hand at young adult fiction while being a stay at home father and deleting Ashley’s chapters each night when she goes to sleep.
Mr. DiPasqua: You're one brave soul. lol Where did you and your wife meet? What convinced you that she was "the one"?
Mr. March: For legal, ethical and sexy reasons I can’t tell you how we met. Let’s just say I may or may not have been an undercover freelance exotic dancer. I knew she was the one for me when I learned she was state (Texas) spelling champion. I knew right then and there, I wanted a woman who could correct anything I write and most everything I say, FOREVER.
Mr. DiPasqua: LOL!! I like your sense of humor, Mr. March. 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. March: At home. And my reaction? Honestly? Confusion. Ashley has an eye for detail and tells verbal stories in a way that can be…how do you say, long winded. It went something like this, “So the agent said she sold it to this one thing (whatever it was called) which is an imprint of Penguin, and what could happen is this, or that maybe…”
I think I stared and finally said, “So this is good? I should hug you?”
Mr. DiPasqua: It must be a writer thing. Lila is the same way. I'm a get-to-the-point kinda guy. :) So tell me, is the hero in your wife’s last book:
a) Just like you; Mr. March: I am assuming we’re talking about her new book, Romancing the Countess, so no, he isn’t like me. I’m a humor guy, he’s pretty serious. This is why I think he’s such an interesting character for me to see her write.
b) The opposite of you; Mr. March: Very much so.
c) You wish it were you; Mr. March: I am realizing now I was supposed to pick one--again, bad at math. I will tell you that I wish I was like her first hero, Philip, from Seducing the Duchess. Every guy wants to be a sexy cad that is funny and still beloved. Don’t let them fool you.
d) More like Mr. May in the NYC Firefighter calendar. Mr. March: All of her guys are like that. I hate watching her do ‘research’. When I get caught looking at a woman I say, “doesn’t she look like that friend and/or cousin of yours?” When I catch her checking out a hot guy, “Oh, it’s for my next book.” Somehow either way I end up sleeping on the couch.
Mr. DiPasqua: On your first date with your wife, were you most like:
a) Prince Charming; Mr. March: I think I fooled her but good. I tried to be as charming as I could. I was taken with her right from the first time I saw her and wanted to impress her with how charming I could be. Then I tried to hold her hand. Ask her about that story and how quickly a romantic date can turn badly.
b) Prince (bad boy) Harry;
c) The Artist formally known as Prince;
d) Prince, the family pet.
Ashley interjects: Look, I was nervous, too. And my hands were sweaty. I couldn’t hold hands with you when my hands were sweaty! After you got all huffy and offended I wiped them off and explained. And I believe we held hands the rest of the night. =P
Mr. DiPasqua: Hi there, Mrs. March! Sounds reasonable to me. :) Now Mr. March, 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. March: e) None of the above, I think “I wonder how Ashley would fit a man with an unfortunate testicular-related accident into one of her stories and how would she make the love scene sexy?”
Ashley interjects: I’ve actually just thought about something like this! But I need to do research. Honey, would you mind finding the scissors for me? No, no. This isn’t research on you. What’s that? You’re getting sleepy? Aw, just lie down on the couch for a while…
Mr. DiPasqua: This is getting scary, folks. I'll just take a big step back to protect the family jewels from any slips of the scissors. Now, then, Mr. March, you look alert enough to answer the next question. How long have you been a RH? (Romance Husband). What advice would you give new RH’s about what you've learned being married to a romance author? What should a new RH do or not do when his wife is under deadline?
Mr. March: I think I’ve always been a romance husband. Ashley has always longed for a beauty outside of this world that goes beyond what she gets in the everyday sadness we have. I didn’t know when I first met her this was where her path would go, but pretty soon after getting married she let me know this is what she wanted. The best advice I would give is to not be down early on when failure haunts her. They DO NOT want your actual opinion or advice, just smile and say, ‘Yes’. A new RH should do only one thing during deadline time. Everything. Give her time, and when she asks for your opinion on something, don’t make the ‘wrap it up’ sign as she speaks. Not if you don’t want to end up the research candidate for that one-balled guy I talked about earlier.
Ashley interjects: Which is why you still have two balls. Because you do everything and I love you. =)
Mr. DiPasqua: Sounds like sound advice. Okay, 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. March: The worst part is, it always comes from my guy friends. It’s really strange and uncomfortable. I actually let people know that she comes up with them all on her own because I want the attention to then turn toward her. That’s right, all of that is in that sweet little blonde curly head over there.
Mr. DiPasqua: Which character in your wife’s books would she say most resembles you and/or your personality?
Mr. March: Now this one I’m excited about. It’s going to be the lead character in the book she just finished writing. Can’t tell you more than that, but I love him.
Ashley interjection: Oh, you mean Alex from MY LADY RIVAL, the start of my new series in May 2012? Maybe you’re excited about it because he’s witty and fun, just like you. Maybe that’s why I’ve fallen in love with him more than any of my other heroes. =)
Mr. DiPasqua: Thanks so much for participating in the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party. It's been great chatting with both of you! One final question, Mr. March: What would you like us to know about your wife’s latest or upcoming release.
Mr. March: I could look to her for this, but I want it to be from me. Her next novel comes out on September 6, 2011. Romancing the Countess is a big leap for her. It is fascinating in how equally dark yet loving it is. This is a deeply personal book for her, even if she doesn’t realize it. I think of everything she has ever written, and I’ve read things none of you ever will, this is probably her best prose and most moving story. With every word, sentence, paragraph, chapter and arc she is becoming a better writer and the story teller that we who know and love her always knew she could be.
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Mr. DiPasqua: This was a lot of fun! NOTE: No RHs were harmed during this interview. Now, let's hear your comments, folks! :)