Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My Guest, Mr. Romain!


Mr. DiPasqua: Hi folks! I'm thrilled to be back here today on my lovely wife's blog with another Romance Husband.  Please help me welcome Mr. Romain! Can you tell us who you’re married to and what she writes?

Mr. Romain:  I’m married to Theresa Romain, author of romance novels set during the Regency (1811-1820). Her debut, SEASON FOR TEMPTATION, was published last month.


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. Romain:  I studied music and history in college, and I’ve played the French horn professionally for years. But that’s a hobby at this point. My career is in technology. I develop products for a manufacturer of data storage products (like external hard drives).


Mr. DiPasqua: Where did you and your wife meet? What convinced you that she was THE ONE?

Mr. Romain:  We met when we were both graduate students in history. I was studying in the TA office—a small room shared by several graduate teaching assistants—when she stopped by to visit another TA. I thought she was cute so I kept glancing up from my book to check her out. Unfortunately, she thought I was glaring at her.

After she left I asked the other TA about her. I suspected (and hoped) that word of my interest would get back to Theresa. Sure enough: a few days later Theresa stopped by the office pretending to look for her friend. In reality, she knew I’d be the only one there. We talked for a while and realized that we were both fascinating people, :) so we made plans to go out.

A few days later we had our first date. We played trivia in a bar, and she wowed me with her knowledge of the bones in the human body. That’s when I started to wonder if she was the one. But I knew she was THE ONE a couple months later when I was helping her study for a class. The fact that we could make each other laugh with Civil War-themed jokes made it clear I had found someone truly unique and ideally suited for me.


Mr. DiPasqua: That's a great story! 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. Romain:  I was at work. She called to tell me the news, and I was thrilled for her because I knew this is the career she wanted and that was a big step towards that goal. But there was still a lot of uncertainty, too, since we didn’t know what the terms of the contract would be and she didn’t yet have an agent. Over the next few weeks she got an agent and the contract was negotiated, and each of those moments seemed almost as significant as the THE CALL itself.


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. Romain:  I think James, the hero of SEASON FOR TEMPTATION, is more like me than not, but he wasn’t modeled after me. What I like about James is that he acts realistically and with good intentions. In some romances, the conflict seems contrived, or could easily be resolved by open communication. In SEASON FOR TEMPTATION, James behaves the only way he can given his situation, his sense of honor, and the expectations of Regency society.


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. Romain:  “A” on the first date. “B” on the second date. No further explanation will be forthcoming.


Mr. DiPasqua:  There is a great story behind that answer :)... Nowadays when you hear the word “ball” do you immediately think:

a) Baseball
b) Basketball
c) An uncontrollable weeping reaction of fans upon meeting your wife in person?
d) A gathering of lords and ladies.


Mr. Romain:  I think of playing catch with our young daughter, Little Miss R. And basketball. I’m a big fan of college basketball and always make at least two brackets for the NCAA tournament (hedging my bets).


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. Romain:  About three years, I guess. That’s when she first revealed her Top Secret work in progress (she wrote about ¼ of the book before she told me anything about it) and her ambitions for a bold new career choice. I was surprised, but after I read what she’d written I knew she’d be a great success and encouraged her to go for it.

My advice is to be encouraging without offering unsolicited advice. If she asks you to read her work, you should do it. And don’t delay. Offer constructive suggestions if you can, but be aware that even a gentle comment could easily be misconstrued as criticism, so tread carefully. An author’s work is deeply personal, so it’s hard for them not to be a little sensitive about it.
If she’s under a deadline, leave her alone.

Mr. DiPasqua: 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. Romain:  Well, (smirk), you know, (wink), research is an important part of writing a novel. (Nudge, nudge.)


Mr. DiPasqua: LOL ... Which character in your wife’s books would she say most resembles you and/or your personality? 

Mr. Romain:  She would probably say mostly James.

Theresa adds: both James and Mr. R have a quirky sense of humor. That’s an essential in any hero, whether real or fictional! James is also comfortable being himself, and he tries to do the right thing—also very much like Mr. R.

HOWEVER…there’s an important scene in the book that takes place at a ball, and we see that James likes to dance. Mr. R does not like to dance. Mr. R would barely even dance with me at our wedding.

Overall, James is a lot more outgoing and smart-mouthed than Mr. R is. So in some ways, Mr. R might be more like the heroine, Julia, who’d do anything to help her family and who is hungry all the time. Or like Julia’s stepsister, Louisa, who’d rather spend time with a book than a crowd of people.

I guess there are bits of Mr. R—and of other people I love—in all my characters.


Mr. DiPasqua: I like that answer, Mrs. Romain! Now then, Mr. Romain, tell me something about your wife her fans would be surprised to learn.

Mr. Romain:  Her first book was not a novel, but a biography of a silent film actress. Theresa loves old movies and is extremely knowledgeable about them.

Also, she can lick her own elbows even though that’s supposed to be impossible.


Mr. DiPasqua: This has be a lot of fun! 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. Romain:  I thought SEASON FOR TEMPTATION was funny and smart, and I’m hardly the target audience. (Have you seen how pink the cover is?) The book has gotten some great reviews, too, so I’m not the only one who loved it.

Here’s the back cover copy:

TWO SISTERS…

Julia Herington is overjoyed when her stepsister, Louisa, becomes engaged—to a viscount, no less. Louisa’s only hesitation is living a life under the ton’s critical gaze. But with his wry wit and unconventional ideas, Julia feels James is perfect for Louisa. She can only hope to find a man like him for herself. Exactly like him, in fact…

ONE CHOICE…

As the new Viscount Matheson, James wished to marry quickly and secure his title. Kind, intelligent Louisa seemed a suitable bride… Until he met her stepsister. Julia is impetuous—and irresistible. Pledged to one sister, yet captivated by another, what is he to do? As Christmas and the whirl of the London season approach, James may be caught in a most scandalous conundrum, one that only true love, a bit of spiritous punch—and a twist of fate—will solve…

Mr. Romain:  And here are some of those great reviews I mentioned:

“Give in to temptation–treat yourself to Theresa Romain’s delightfully witty debut.”
—Sally MacKenzie, USA Today bestselling author of the Naked Nobles series

“Hilarious and utterly adorable. Theresa Romain’s brilliant debut manages to be both passionate and just plain fun.”—Courtney Milan, New York Times bestselling author of PROOF BY SEDUCTION and UNLOCKED

“This delicious debut is Regency romance at its best — rich narrative, accurate historical details and interesting characters. Romain is definitely an author to watch.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

“Season for Temptation was an absolute delight to read, and is one of my favorite books of the year. It has it all – witty dialogue, amusing circumstances, charming characters and a perfect romance. I can’t wait for Ms. Romain’s next book.” –Rakehell.com


Mr. Romain:  We recently learned that Theresa’s second book was accepted for publication. It’s called SEASON FOR SURRENDER and will come out in October 2012.


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GIVEAWAY:

Giving away a signed copy of Theresa Romain’s historical romance debut, SEASON FOR TEMPTATION. (open WORLDWIDE!)


RULES:

To win you must:

1. Ask a question or leave a meaningful comment.

2. You MUST be a follower/subscriber of Lila DiPasqua's blog (through Google Friend Connect).

3. Must be at least 18 years of age.

4. Winner will be selected at random on SUNDAY November 6, 2011.

Mr. DiPasqua:  Thanks again for chatting with me, Mr. Romain!  Okay folks, see you all next month! Now let's hear your questions or comments.  :)

 

84 comments:

Carol L. said...

Good morning Mr. D. and Mr. R.
Congrats Theresa on your Debut release of Season For Temptation.
It sounds like a very enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to reading it.You sound like a very supportive husband and that's one of the wonderful traits all the Romance husbands seem to have in abundance. :)
Thanks for sharing.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

Congrats on Theresa's books! I'd never thought to even try to lick my elbows... `

Debby said...

I love reading these interviews. It is fun to see the husband's perspective. He sounds so supportive. Thanks
I am a subscriber in google reader.
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Anonymous said...

This is my first interview read with a spouse author and I think it is a great idea, love it. I would like to wish you the best on the book and all that follows. Thank you for a chance to win a great book.

Cynthia
cpharney(at)yahoo(dot)com

Eli Yanti said...

wow, looks all the reviews mentioned :
-. Give in to temptation
-. Hilarious and utterly adorable
-. This delicious debut is Regency romance at its best — rich narrative, accurate historical details and interesting characters
-. Season for Temptation was an absolute delight to read, and is one of my favorite books of the year. It has it all – witty dialogue, amusing circumstances, charming characters and a perfect romance

so everybody have to read this book =D

Congratulations on the release Theresa and thanks to Lila and husband to interview the fabulous author ;)

carolyn said...

Another interesting and fun interview. I love the first Monday of each month - it's so fascinating to meet the husbands behind the authors. Also a great way to discover new authors and new books to pick up - I haven't read any of Theresa's books but will definitely be starting with Season of Temptation!

Thanks for another great interview!

Gail said...

Is it hard being the spouse of a romance writer?With deadlines and story problems does it interfere with your private lives?Nicholsterry27@yahoo.com

GayleC said...

Enjoyed the interview with the mysterious Mr.R. Biggest surprise besides the licking of the elbows, was that Theresa wrote the first quarter of the book in secret. I loved Season For Temptation, and can't wait for Season For Surrender.

Kellie Kamryn said...

What a great interview! I think most romance authors hide what they do at first. Way to go Mr. R for being so supportive of your wife's choices! That makes you a hero :)

May said...

I love these RH interviews. :) It's always interesting to hear from the husband's POV. :)

I do love your wife's book cover. I love the dress and the yes the colour too. :) Sure that I'll enjoy the book as well. :)

Theresa Romain said...

Good morning, everyone! Thanks very much to Lila and to Mr. DiPasqua for allowing us to join the fun at A Writer's Salon!

Mr. R is at work right now, but he'll check in this evening. For now, I want to thank all of you for stopping by! Isn't this a fantastic interview series? I always gobble up these romance husband interviews, and I'm so glad Mr. R got a turn in the not-too-hot seat. Actually I wasn't sure how he'd answer a lot of these questions, so this was a fun surprise for me too!

Theresa Romain said...

Carol L.--yes! Mr. R is very, very supportive. He understands that writing is a career, even if it doesn't happen within the bounds of 8-5, M-F. And he's even willing to read my work, which I appreciate--he's a tough but insightful critic.

Theresa Romain said...

girlygirlhoosier52--Give it a try! I read in some trivia book that it was impossible to lick one's elbow, and of course I had to try it. I was pretty proud when I realized I could DO THE IMPOSSIBLE. I guess my shoulders are really flexible? Anyway, I've never found a use for this "talent."

Theresa Romain said...

Debby--thanks for stopping by! I was very excited to have Mr. R do this interview, because I wanted to see what he'd say. :)

Theresa Romain said...

Cynthia--thanks so much for the kind words about my book. Lila and Mr. D have done other romance husband interviews, and they are always a treat!

Theresa Romain said...

Eli--thanks so much! I'm thrilled by those reviews. Mr. R's first review of the first draft of SFT was "your characters sound like aliens." Thankfully things have gotten better since then. :)

Theresa Romain said...

Carolyn--thanks for giving new authors a try! Season for Temptation is my romance debut, and I really appreciate when readers are willing to check out a new name on the shelves.

heartoftexasbooks said...

I almost hate to admit this, but I have so many books on my TBR Pile that I usually won't order a debut book/author until after the book is actually published. That way, some reviews will have been posted to sites I trust or ratings shared by friends--and I can be a little more assured I will enjoy the book.

Thanks to Lila's reminder (provided by her blog) I have noticed that Season for Temptation has received good reviews and ratings so it has just moved to my Reminder List. That means that I will order it soon (unless I win it here first!)

Thanks for a fun interview!

Laura T
heartoftexasbooks[at]yahoo[dot]com

Theresa Romain said...

Gail--I really want Mr. R's answer on this, so I'll make sure he weighs in this evening when he's home again.

From my perspective, the answer's a definite yes. Most writers in the early stages of their careers are still working a day job--including me. This means that writing happens at odd times, like late at nights and on weekends. I don't know that this is any different for writers later in their careers, since they have more deadlines to manage! But I do find that I have to be very careful not to shortchange my family when I'm getting busier with one or both of my jobs.

Theresa Romain said...

GayleC--thank you so much. :) That's very kind of you! Glad there were a few surprises in this post. Seriously, try the elbow thing! (But not in public. It looks pretty bizarre.)

Theresa Romain said...

Kellie--Mr. R is the first person I thanked in the acknowledgments of Season for Temptation! A writing career would be a lot more difficult without his support.

Theresa Romain said...

May--isn't it a gorgeous cover? Actually, Mr. R did like the cover too. We both thought it was incredibly elegant. But I guess it IS pretty pink for a man to read in public!

Theresa Romain said...

heartoftexasbooks-- I like to learn more about new-to-me authors too. There are so many fantastic books from established authors; it's nice to get some "word of mouth" from a review site or a reader friend before trying a new author. Thanks for checking out my book!

Chrisbails said...

Great interview. Love these husband interivews. They are great. I love the date question about who are you like. Great answer Mr Romain.
My question is for both of you. Do you like to read in your spare time? Any favorite authors? Favorite books? And for Theres-Next books coming out? Is this going to be a series? and if it is how many for this series?
Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
christinebails@yahoo.com

Ivy said...

I love these interviews & look forward to them each month.
SEASON OF TEMPTATION sounds like an awesome read. I love funny and romantic. I can relate to the wanting to read instead of hanging around a crowd of people.
Yes, I did attempt to reach my elbow & couldn't. Are you double jointed in one of the areas required to do that? :)

Lila DiPasqua said...

Hi everyone!

I'm so glad to see you all here! Mr. D will be here later tonight. :)

Hi Mr. R and Theresa!

I'm delighted you're both here, today! Thanks for the wonderful interview, Mr. R. We all love to get to know the man behind the authors we read and enjoy.

Theresa, SEASON OF TEMPTATION is on my TBR pile! Many congrats on your debut. It looks like a fabulous book to me. Can't wait to read about James and Julia!

Oh and a great big congrats on the upcoming novel, SEASON FOR SURRENDER. :)

Hugs,
Lila

Cathy P said...

Hi Mr. D, Mr. R., Theresa, and Lila! I love these romance husband interviews every month. I have found so many neww authors through them. Mr. R. sounds like a very loving, caring, and giving man. I do have one question. How did Mr. R. propose to Theresa?

Theresa, I have read so many great interviews about Season For Temptation that I am anxious to read it. Am looking forward to reading Season For Surrender when it comes out next year as well. Best of luck with your writing!

Rebe said...

Congratulations to Theresa for selling her second book! That's fabulous!

I had to laugh at her editorial comments about Mr. R barely dancing at their wedding. Why men don't like to dance I will never know!

Karen C said...

Hello Mr. D and Mr. R!

Like everyone else, I truly enjoy these interviews and Mr. R, the love and support you have for your wife is very evident in your responses. I especially liked your answer about the first date!

Mrs. Romain, Congratulations on the release of Season for Temptation and a contract for Season for Surrender! May both be super successful for you.

Please do not include me in the contest as I was lucky enough to have already won a copy.

kacbooks(at)hotmail(dot)com
GFC follower and newsletter subscriber

Anonymous said...

I so love this blog and hearing from the husbands. I also love finding new authors Season For Temptation is in my TBR pile. Best of luck in this new pursuit.

pennsdog@yahoo.com

Jo's Daughter said...

:D Nice interview, I have little knowledge of the bones in a human body. But it sounds like I need to study this some more ;) No idea this is so important when it comes down to "wowing" a guy.... Good to know!

Theresa Romain said...

Chrisbails--thanks for asking! My next book will be a sequel to Season for Temptation, and it'll be out in October 2012. What comes after that is still TBD. :)

Reading is my favorite thing to do in my spare time! I love historical romance and nonfiction. Right now I'm reading Rose Lerner's A LILY AMONG THORNS, which is absolutely fantastic. I'm also working my way through Neil Stephenson's SNOW CRASH, which is about as far as you can get from historical romance OR nonfiction, but I still do like it. Mr. R is more of an XBOX guy, but he does like to read too. He mainly reads tech-related magazines, but I have persuaded him to read a few romance novels!

Anonymous said...

Ivy--I guess my shoulders are really flexible? I can push my arm back pretty far. It's probably not the most attractive move. :)

Theresa Romain said...

And that was me responding to Ivy but forgetting to put my name in the comment box. Durrr. Sorry!

Theresa Romain said...

Lila--thank you so much! You are a fantastic hostess, and Mr. D is a wonderful interviewer. :)

Theresa Romain said...

Cathy P--thank you! And, ha, funny story about the proposal. Mr. R proposed kind of by mistake while we were driving to a TA meeting in his ancient Ford Taurus. How's that for a romantic setting?!

I'd mentioned that I was planning to move in with a friend soon, and he asked me to marry him instead. I had to clarify that it was a genuine proposal. And then I said yes. :) (And my friend did fine getting her own lease.)

Theresa Romain said...

Rebe--I think they have to be taught that dancing is ok (that is, not un-masculine) when they're young? My family loves to dance, and my brother's an excellent dancer. Mr. R does a mean moonwalk, but that's about it.

Theresa Romain said...

Karen C--thank you! I hope you enjoy reading SFT!

Theresa Romain said...

Anonymous--yay! I'm honored to be in your TBR pile. I have a big TBR pile myself, and I'm looking forward to reading every single one of the books in that stash.

Theresa Romain said...

Jo's Daughter--you made me laugh out loud! I have no idea if skeleton-trivia would work with most men, but Mr. R's pretty tolerant of oddball knowledge.

I think he was probably also glad that I was a very cheap date. If I remember right, I was so nervous on our first date that all I ordered was a Diet Coke (it was after dinnertime).

Amy said...

Great interview! A lot of the couples meet when in high school or college it seems.

I read the blurb for Season for Temptation and it seems like a nice story. It seems like he'll end up with Julia...but I definitely am rooting for Louisa more. I love heroines who are kind, quiet, and bookish. I hope you'll give her a happy ending also!


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Theresa Romain said...

Amy--I hope I'm not giving *too* much of a spoiler to say that James winds up with Julia. But Louisa winds up with the ending that suits her best, given the way she feels during the story.

And she will get her own happily-ever-after! I'll tell the story of her romance in SEASON FOR SURRENDER, out in Oct 2012.

Virginia said...

Great interview, love getting to know you. I have to know do you read your wife's books?
A lot of men just aren't in to that kind of thing.

Kim said...

That was a very fuuny post.

Theresa: Your husband mentions reading a few romance novels. Has he really read one beside yours? Inquiring minds want to know.

Theresa Romain said...

Virginia--Mr. R is my first editor, always! So he reads the roughest, most jumbly versions of my books. He really does it just to be nice, not because he loves it--but he can definitely tell when I'm telling a good story or when something's gone off the rails.

Theresa Romain said...

Kim--yes, he really has! I strong-armed him into reading Courtney Milan's debut novella and novel (THIS WICKED GIFT and PROOF BY SEDUCTION), because I loved them so much. And he loved them too--because what's not to love about fantastic writing, realistic characters, and clever plots?

After that, he was willing to try another romance, so gave him Sherry Thomas's NOT QUITE A HUSBAND. His verdict was very positive: "It's like a great adventure novel! But with sex!" Got any more man-reading-romance suggestions? :)

Virginia C said...

Hey, Mr. D. : )

Mr. R., I am very impressed by your insightful description of James's character and your understanding of historical romance story lines. Good show! Congrats to Mrs. R. for her smashing debut and the terrific news about Book #2! If you two ever decide to use your own real life story of "Point A to Point B", please let us know ; )

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lindalou said...

I truly enjoy these interviews. They give us a different perspective that's quite interesting. Congrats, Teresa, on the successful debut of your novel! AND thanks for the contest!
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Mr R said...

Gail--Not too hard. I'm an introvert so I don't mind time alone. If there's a deadline and she's working in the evening, I'll put Little Miss R to bed and then read or hit the XBox. Most often, though, we spend our evenings together since she's able to write during the day.

Mr R said...

May-- I like the cover, too. It's elegant. IMHO, covers featuring mullets and man boobs are embarrassing for all concerned. This is a book I wouldn't be ashamed to be seen reading in public.

Mr R said...

Chrisbails-- We both enjoy reading in our spare time. I mostly read fantasy & sci fi novels, but I have a growing fondness for romance.

Mr R said...

Lila & Mr D -- Thanks for inviting us! It was fun.

Mr R said...

Cathy P -- The proposal happened pretty much the way Theresa wrote. I had been thinking about it for a while, but when she said she was moving in with a friend I figured I'd better say something. I hadn't planned to propose that way. It was a spontaneous remark, more like a pre-proposal. But she treated it like a formal proposal and I realized I wanted it to be. Suddenly, we were engaged.

Mr R said...

Virginia,
I read all her first drafts, and many of the revisions too. I don't mind at all. I think it's neat.

Mr R said...

Kim-- I've read several! Besides the ones Theresa mentioned, I also read a couple of Julia Quinn's and one by Eloisa James. And I read the Twilight series, which sort of counts.

Theresa Romain said...

*steals computer back from Mr. R* Wow, my dear. These are great answers! And I'd forgotten you'd read Julia Quinn, too. That's right: Dancing at Midnight and Romancing Mr. Bridgerton. I'm not sure which Eloisa James I gave you, but you really can't go wrong with any. :)

Theresa Romain said...

Virginia C--I was pretty impressed by what Mr. R had to say about James, too. Mr. R is an analytical guy, so he really thinks things through. Including, apparently, what's good about romance heroes.

Theresa Romain said...

lindalou--thanks for stopping by! I'm so glad the DiPasquas run this fun interview series.

Thanks again to our wonderful host and hostess! Mr. R and I are signing off for the night--we're going to watch Chopped--but I'll be back tomorrow for more romance fun!

Kaetrin said...

Thx for a fun interview. I confess that many times interviews don't catch my attention very much but I read all of this one! There's something very awesome about a guy reading a romance novel and I have a soft spot for real life "heroes" who support their wives so passionately.

I'd love to try Season for Temptation.

hankts AT internode DOT on DOT net

(Also, @ Lila - I'm very jealous about your encounter with Gerard Butler!! *swoon*)

Lexi said...

If you can handle studying with someone you know you will be able to handle life together. =)
And having a husband who doesn't dance willingly sounds very familiar...good thing I can experience that vicariously through the characters I read about!

GFC follower Lexi

June M. said...

Thanks to both husbands for the great interview.
Season for Temptation has been on my TBR list since I first saw it. I love that the hero is engaged to one girl but falls for her stepsister, the heroine. This would be quite a situation and I would love to find out how this works out. I know Mr. R said he read this book. Do you plan on reading all of your wife's books, and do you ever give suggestions? Have you read other historical romances to get a feel for the genre?
Again, thank you both for the great interview.
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Mr. DiPasqua said...

Hi folks!
Just dropping in to say thanks for all the compliments on the interview. Glad you enjoyed it!

Mr. R--thanks again! It was fun talking to you, RH to RH. :)

Mrs. R--Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you all the best with your books!

Mr. D

Theresa Romain said...

Kaetrin--thanks for stopping by! Real-life heroes are the best, aren't they? I may write about dukes, but I don't think they'd know how to make me coffee in the morning, or take a kid to school.

Theresa Romain said...

Lexi--I knew I wasn't alone on this non-dancing-husband thing. Too bad, isn't it? Mr. R's a great musician and I bet he could be a good dancer. But he feels too self-conscious.

Theresa Romain said...

June M--thanks for your interest in Season for Temptation! Love triangles can be tricky, and I wanted to make sure everyone in my book acted with good intentions. They're all good people but are in a tough situation. If you read SFT, let me know what you think of how it turned out!

Mr. R has read at least one draft of everything I've written. He's got a good eye for when story points aren't working. Since he used to be a teacher, he gives me a grade on each chapter. He doesn't give many As, so when I get one from him, I know I'm on the right track! :)

Theresa Romain said...

Mr. DiPasqua--thank you again! Your RH interview questions are so much fun. Mr. R was skeptical about the idea of doing an interview (I think he was feeling shy), but when he saw your questions, he was glad to take part.

Thanks for the good wishes, and thanks to you and Lila for hosting!

Ali said...

Aw, I loved this interview... actually, I love all the RH interviews that I've read here :)

I couldn't wait to see if I'd win a copy, so I bought one already ;)

Na said...

Congratulations on your wife's debut! Her book is on my wishlist and I'm sure many others and I look forward to reading it. I like heroes who are realistic and have good intentions as James does :) It makes them more believable.

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Lady said...

To read your story about you and your wife, I just want to know whether you believe that your wife is your true love? Why?
I haven't got in any relationship (I mean love), but I believe in true love, even I'm not sure I'll find 'him' later. *sigh

Really wanna hear your answer, thank you! Best wishes for the debut!

Maria D. said...

Lol...that was a great post! I've been enjoying the Romance Husband interviews and I love seeing the occasional comment from the authors (wives) too. Congratulations to Theresa Romain on her 2nd book being accepted for publication.

Kim said...

Theresa - Since your hubby has read a few romances, he should give Julie James, Susan Elizabeth Phillips & Rachel Gibson a try. They write terrific contemporaries that a man might enjoy. All of Julie James' books are great and she writes the best dialogue. SEP and Rachel Gibson often write stories about athletes.

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Theresa Romain said...

Ali--wow, thanks so much. :) Hope you enjoy Season for Temptation!

Theresa Romain said...

Na--I like heroes that mean well, too. As I know all too well from real life, having good intentions doesn't mean you never screw up! James has a lot to deal with, but he always *tries* to do the right thing.

Theresa Romain said...

Lady--that's a fantastic question! Mr. R and I have had this conversation before, so I can tell you what he'd say. He doesn't believe in "soul mates"--that is, the idea that there's only one person that you could have a happy and fulfilling relationship. BUT...to have a loving relationship, a person needs to be ready for it. If the right person comes along at the wrong time, then they're not really the right person.

Confession: I'm not the first woman Mr. R ever loved. But when we were dating, for the first time, he thought about marriage without reservations. I'm not sure if that reflects on my awesomeness :) or on a change within him. But I believe that, regardless of what's come before, it's special any time two people decide to love and commit to one another. (Well, I DO write romance!)

Theresa Romain said...

Maria D--thanks for stopping by! I love this Romance Husband series too. The RHs are a fantastic group of men.

Theresa Romain said...

KIm--thanks for the suggestions! I've never given Mr. R a contemporary romance to read, but those sound like great authors to start with. I actually picked up SEP's What I Did for Love at a book sale yesterday, so maybe that can be his first contemp. :)

JessS said...

Awesome interview! Mr R, you sound so amazing and supportive and it's so interesting getting the perspective of someone married to a romance author. I liked the questions about how much of the novel/characters were inspired by you or things in real life and being married to an author sounds fun, especially all that research ;)
Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to read Season for Temtation.

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marybelle said...

Lovely to meet you Mr Romain. A wonderful interview thank you.

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BiteMeAsh said...

Great interview Mr Romain.

I hope I get to win but if not I'll be sure to read Season for Temptation. Congratulations to Mrs Romain and best of success with Season for Surrender!!

Rita from South Africa

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Lexi said...

Yes it is the self-conscious thing that holds them back, if they could just let it go I know they would enjoy letting their inner dancer out. (well maybe as long as I didn't tell my husband he has an "inner dancer" ha!)

Theresa Romain said...

JessS--glad you enjoyed the interview! Mr. R is a great support for my writing career. (And his answer about research--oh, geez; Mr. R thinks he is very funny.)

Theresa Romain said...

marybelle--I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview! Mr. R is traveling today, but I'll pass on the kind words.

Theresa Romain said...

BiteMeAsh--I love your handle. :) Thank you for stopping by from South Africa! Hope you enjoy Season for Temptation.

Theresa Romain said...

Lexi--"Inner dancer"? I love it! That might just be worth a try. That plus a few drinks, and we'll get our husbands to dance. I just know it. :)