Mr. DiPasqua: Hi folks! I'm back for this month's RH interview! As I mentioned in my last post, I usually do my RH interviews on the first of the month, but I delayed it a few days so that I could take my Dear Wife on a wonderfully romantic Italian getaway. We had a great time in Italy! I'm happy to be here today with you. And I'm super excited about my guest today! Please help me give a warm welcome to Mr. Foster! Bienvenuti!!! (That means Welcome… Okay, Dear Wife – please no more eye roles. I promise not to mangle the Italian language any further.) Mr. Foster, can you tell us who you’re married to and what she writes?
Mr. Foster: Lori Foster. She writes bestselling contemporary romances. Her last trilogy was romantic suspense, but she’s won awards for romantic comedy, romantic suspense, and one of her urban fantasy books was named Amazon’s #1 editors’ pick in romance.
Mr. DiPasqua: 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. Foster: Well I’m not a big scholar or artist. As for athlete – kinda, or at least as much as a fifty-plus year old can be. Because I help Lori with anything she needs, especially promo, I guess I’m called on to be a little of all those things.
Mr. DiPasqua: I think as far as RHs go, we all fill that “Jack-of-all-Trades” role for our DW. I wonder if someone can come up with a more official sounding title for that. ;) Where did you and your wife meet, Mr. Foster? What convinced you that she was THE ONE?
Mr. Foster: We met in high school, the third day of our sophomore year.
After high school I was set to head off to college, but the idea of being away from her hit me hard, and panicked me a little, too.
There and then I knew life is a road that I wanted to be on with her, for good.
So we married right out of high school.
Mr. DiPasqua: High school sweethearts!! That's great! 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. Foster: I was at home when she told me. It was after an “OVRWA” (local writing chapter) conference. I was all smiles for a long time, and to this day, I’m proud over her accomplishments.
Mr. DiPasqua: 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. Foster: If there was a “none of the above” choice that would be more like it.
Lori’s last heroes were fighting human traffickers. Those guys were living on the edge and found love there. I like the middle ground and found my girl in high school.
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. Foster: I manned up to ask her out, but that’s where it ended. Neither of us had dated much before meeting each other. The “kiss good night” happened because she stared me down. ;-) But we’ve always been on the same page (with life, I mean) and we’ve been married over 30 years now.
Mr. DiPasqua: It must have been quite the stare! :) 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. Foster: I think of sports like baseball or football. Lori avoids the dances, and that works for me since I’m not much of a dancer either. We’re both more the “stay home and watch a movie together” type. Or go to the movies type. Her readers probably know that we see a LOT of movies.
Mr. DiPasqua: 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. Foster: Lori’s been writing for a long time now, maybe 18years. I think I learned early that what she was, or is doing, is as or more important than what I’m doing. Deadline or not, I try to keep the everyday life thing off her back as much as possible. Try and do as much as you can with chores and kids. I think she’ll appreciate it very much – and really, those dishes are yours too. This is the hard one, but remember, if she needs writing or business help, she’ll ask!! Don’t be pushy, and try to remember that her writing is the business.
Mr. DiPasqua: Very 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. Foster: I have a shirt that says, “She gets all her ideas from me.” But seriously, I tell the truth. She’s a writer, so she has plenty of ideas. She doesn’t need help from anyone.
Mr. DiPasqua: LOL! Great answer! Which character in your wife’s books would she say most resembles you and/or your personality?
Mr. Foster: She claims that they all have a few qualities that I have, or that she says I have.
I tell people I’m in the pages and not on the cover. LOL
Mr. DiPasqua: Tell me something about your wife her fans would be surprised to learn.
Mr. Foster: Lori is a huge horror fan. She hates chick flicks; when I watch them (because I like them) I have to watch them by myself! She laughs constantly at inappropriate times at the movies. (Like when someone gets killed or hurt, or scenes that make other people scream or jump.) She also loves head banging death metal music. If you want old, slow, love songs, see me. LOL
She likes KORN, I like Elvis. That sort of thing.
Mr. DiPasqua: Thanks so much. 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. Foster: Hmmm. Well, her most recent new series was out May, June and July with the “Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor” series. (That’s the human-traffickers I mentioned.) “When You Dare,” “Trace of Fever,” and “Savor the Danger.”
Her popular “Buckhorn Brothers” are being reissued again. End of October is a compilation of “Sawyer” & “Morgan” in “Buckhorn Beginnings.” Then in Feb 2012, “Forever Buckhorn” is being released with a “Gabe” & “Jordan” compilation.
One of Lori’s personal favorites of her own work is “The Watson Brothers,” a reissue of 3 of her novellas repackaged together. We’ll give away a copy of that, along with a T-shirt and some magnets and other promo stuff.
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3. Must be at least 18 years of age.
Contest ends Saturday Oct. 8th 2011. Winner will be selected at random on Sunday Oct. 9th, 2011.
Mr. DiPasqua: Thanks again for being here, Mr. Foster. It was a real pleasure chatting with you! See everyone next month for my next RH chat!! Okay, folks, let's hear your comments! :)