My Guest, Mr. Archer!

Mr. DiPasqua: Everyone, please help me welcome my next RH.  Today my special guest is Mr. Archer!  Can you tell us who you’re married to and what she writes?

Mr. Archer: I’m married to Zoë Archer and she writes paranormal historical and sci-fi 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. Archer: I’m a writer, aka Nico Rosso, and also working in sci-fi romance. When I’m not pounding out the words, I’m the cook, photographer, webmaster, graphic designer, fight choreographer and bookshelf builder in our habitat.

Mr. DiPasqua:  Where did you and your wife meet? What convinced you that she was “the one”? 

Mr. Archer: We met once, briefly in college, back stage during a play. I was acting and she was a dresser. But our paths didn’t cross again until years later when a mutual friend slid me her number. I didn’t need to be convinced she was the one. Everything just fit.

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. Archer: I was working from home and she called from work. I can’t remember my exact reaction, but I’m sure there was much congratulating and hollering and plenty of dessert that night.

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. Archer: Kell in Collision Course is a former brawler turned space ace fighter pilot. So he and I share a lot of attributes. We both growl.

Mr. DiPasqua:  LOL. 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. Archer: First date: I was (c), artsy, hanging out on an uncomfortable wicker couch, drinking red wine and watching a black and white movie.

Mr. DiPasqua: 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. Archer: Makes me think of trouser marbles.

Mr. DiPasqua:  *Ding Ding Ding* You win the prize for giving the answer the rest of the guys have been skirting around.  LOL!  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. Archer: I’ve been an official RH for 6 years. My advice is to respect every stage of the process. Even if she is staring at the patch of sun on the floor, her spoon hovering over the unstirred coffee, she is writing. When she’s under deadline, pick up all the slack you can. Be the man in her corner, ready with the food or quick kiss on her cheek as she’s typing away.

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. Archer: We inspire each other. And there’s nothing more fun than research.

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

Mr. Archer: I’d say that Catullus from the Blades of the Rose series (his book is Stranger), is the most like me. He’s brainy and a bit shy, but has a lot of passion under the surface.

Mr. DiPasqua:  If you had create a title for your own romance with your wife, what would that title be and why? 

Mr. Archer: The Greek-Italian’s Seductive Siren. I’m half Greek, half Italian and I was swept away by Zoë.

Mr. DiPasqua:  You’ve been a great sport!  Thanks so much for participating in the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party.  One final question: What would you like us to know about your wife’s latest or upcoming release?

Mr. Archer: December 6th, prepare to raise hell. Five of 18th Century London’s most notorious rakes make a deal with the ultimate evil for nearly limitless power. What will these men do when nothing can stop their wildest hungers? Find out in the first book: Devil’s Kiss.

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Mr. DiPasqua:  Don’t forget to return tomorrow. Another RH will be here!  Now, let’s hear your comments or questions!  :)

  • Hello, Mr. Archer! Please proceed with your in-depth research : ) The details make all the difference!!!

    Do you and Zoe give each other feedback on your writing processes, or do you steer clear of potentially choppy comment seas?

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  • May

    Two writers in the family? :) Wow… what happens when both of you have the same deadline??!? :)

  • Greetings Mr. Archer! Great interview. Sounds like you and Zoe are the perfect team.

    So you write sci-fi romance… have you and Zoe ever thought to do a collaboration of sorts?

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  • I live outside the U.S, but i just had to comment on the trouser marbles answer!

  • Nico Rosso

    Hi All, thanks for showing up today.
    To Virginia – Zoë and I are each other’s first readers, as well as sounding boards when we’re plotting, so there are plenty of comments flying. Because we’re both writers, we know how to deliver a note without creating too much of a storm.
    To May – Luckily, we haven’t run into that issue yet, but there are definitely times when the dishes pile up and clean clothes grow scarce while we’re deep in process.
    To Landra – We would love to collaborate on something if the opportunity ever presented itself. I keep joking that we need to combine the worlds of her 8th Wing and my Limit War into one universal battle between good and evil. But there are also other sci-fi ideas we have together that would be completely new.
    To Elizabeth – What’s your favorite euphemism?

  • I second Virginia C’s question about reading each other’s work and also wonder if the two of you have considered writing together.


  • Another really interesting interview – like everyone else I have to comment on 2 writers in the family! It must get crazy at times even you haven’t yet run into the same deadline. Wonderful that you each have a built in first reader! ‘Devil’s Kiss’ – great title, great cover and I’m it’s going to be a great read! [and I have to add that it’s only 7 more days!!!! Yay!!]

  • Great answers Mr. Archer! Finally, an RH with the “balls” to answer the balls question. I was beginning to think I was some sort of degenerate!

    Thanks for the giggles.

  • Nico Rosso

    Hi Rebecca, I mentioned to Virginia C about how we do read each other’s work. Because of that, we have a great common language that would make working on a project together a lot of fun.
    Yes, Caroline, it does get a little crazy at times, but we know when to stay out of each other’s way and when to force each other out the door for a long walk in the sun. Glad you’re looking forward to “Devil’s Kiss”, I really enjoyed it and think the romance world will too.
    Thanks, BlogHore. Life’s too short to avoid the important questions.

  • Hi there Mr. Archer, judging a ‘book by it’s cover’ Devils Kiss looks pretty intense so my question is: does Zoe have much influence in the design creation of each book cover, such as model choice, script type, the catch phrase or blurb that draws in the reader…? If not, is she satisfied with the end product or have there been any covers that have caused some concern?

  • I feel compelled to add that Mr. Archer (aka Nico) does the dishes, and I do the laundry, so when the writing gets intense, we both desert our posts. It’s a very egalitarian system in our habitat.

  • Nico Rosso

    Hi Melsch,
    Usually the book cover design process is pretty far from the writer’s influence, but Zoë’s been very happy with the Kensington team. There’s a form an author fills out with pertinent information about the cover, but after that the publisher works with the designers directly. Zoë gets a look at the blurb and can comment on the back cover copy.

  • Ora

    Wow, you wear quite of hats. I am curious when you are the fight choregrapher, do you have someone to spar with to see what works and what doesn’t? Do you record the choregraphy? Personally I think that would be really cool working out the logistics of a fight to be believable.
    It must get hectic at times when you both are working on books. With as many hats as you wear, does Zoe wear just as many hats when you have deadlines?
    That is so awesomwe that you and wife read each other work first. I have to say I am a bit jealous, particularly because I am really impatient and do not like having to wait for release dates.
    I can’t wait for Devils’ Kiss to come out, the exerpt was not enough. Is there any chance another exerpt will be released before December?

  • Nico Rosso

    Hi Ora,
    When it comes to fight choreography, it’s Zoë and me working out the moves in the middle of our office. We go slow and haven’t blackened any eyes yet. Not only is this a fun break from sitting at our desks, it also helps in the writing because Zoë has the physical experience of the moves.
    And yes, Zoë wears many hats when I’m on deadline, too – cook and coach and inspiration.
    I feel lucky to be able to read her stuff first. Devil’s Kiss is hot. The next book in the series, Demon’s Bride, is fantastic. Dark and sexy. If you want a different excerpt of Devil’s Kiss, we’ll be posting a new piece on Zoë’s website this weekend.

  • Hi Mr. Archer,

    If you’re working on a sci-fi romance does that mean you and your wife are planning on writing a book together?

  • Nico Rosso

    Hi Mandy B,
    We’d love to work on a book together and have ideas for a sci-fi world to set it in, but don’t know when our schedules will mesh (Zoë has a ton of deadlines stacked up). Until then, I have two sci-fi novellas out now with more on the way. Check out for details.

  • Ora

    Thanks. That will be wonderful. I will check it out this weekend. I hope we won’t have to wait too long for Demon’s Bride after the release of Devil’s Kiss.

  • M.

    “the Greek Italian’s Seductive Siren”


    (just commenting for fun, no need to include my name in the book drawing)

  • A very nice interview Mr. Archer. Have your ever done this type of interview for your wife’s writing before? Has she ever done it for you?

    I’m curious about how you celebrate new releases. Has it become old hat, so it’s ‘just another day’ or do you do something special?

    Thanks for stepping up to the plate with your answer of ‘trouser marbles’. We’re women. We can take an honest answer!

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  • Another great interview! :) Do you and your wife share any favorite authors? Thanks!

  • Na

    …And the fantastic dance continues.

    Mr. Archer (Nico Rosso), I think it’s wonderful that you and your wife are both authors. I imagine some of the fun moments is in researching the settings. If you and your wife have ever gone to a destination for research, what was a memorable place?

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  • Loved your interview Mr. Rosso. Who was the first one to write a book — you or Zoe?

  • Nico Rosso

    Hi Karen,
    I haven’t done this kind of interview before (and neither has Zoë for me) but we’ve been to a couple of romance conferences together, so a lot of these questions come up. We still celebrate releases, usually a nice dinner out and a chocolate assortment at home.

    For Shadow_Kohler, Zoë is a much more prolific reader than I am (and much faster), so she has a larger array of writers she’s read. Mostly I read her work as she’s working on it, and she’s definitely my favorite romance author.

    Yes, Na, we try to travel to places that might inspire or inform our locations. We can’t really do that for sci-fi (I wish), but a couple of years ago we went to Montana to see the Rocky Mountains and get close to the setting for Zoë’s “Rebel” from the Blades of the Rose series. It was beautiful country up there and we even got to have a canoe adventure on a particularly windy lake.

  • I’ve really enjoyed reading all of the RH’s posts these last 2 weeks, but the temptation of Devil’s Kiss has spurred me to come out of hiding. :D Mr. Archer, I remember Zoe saying in one of her interviews how you helped with all the invention ideas in her Blades of the Rose series. Do you tinker with inventions in your free time?

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  • Great interview! Have you and your wife ever thought about writing a book together?


  • Oh this is so much fun! My question is, do you have a special place at home, destination around the world or outdoor setting where you go to find your inspiration and ideas for your books?

  • Nico Rosso

    Thanks, Cathy. Zoë was the first to write a book. I had been working in different forms and watched her process and knew I had to do it.

    Oh, yes, Rosie, the Devil’s Kiss is very tempting. I’m glad it drew you out. Most of my real (not imagined) inventions are carpentry projects, like designing bookshelves to fit every available space in our apartment. Someday it would be nice to have the time/space for a full mad-scientist workshop.

    Hi Virginia,
    Yes, we’ve talked about some sci-fi ideas, but right now don’t know when they would fit into the deadline schedule. It would be a lot of fun, though.

  • Nico Rosso

    Hi Stephannie,
    I don’t have one place I go to for inspiration. It seems to come from all over the place (magazine articles, the shower, even just a title will pop into my head and I’ll have to create a story around it). My mind does a lot of wandering and Zoë will often see me staring into the distance, then get up to write some notes down.

  • Trouser marbles indeed. Love it! Thanks for a great interview.

    Danielle @Ramblings From This Chick

  • I was wondering who was going to mention the most obvious link to “balls”. ;)

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  • It’s great that you both write!

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  • I love Zoe’s books, but Nico’s are wonderful too! Check out his Limit War series at Liquid Silver Books for an action-packed adventure. Both authors are autobuys for me.

  • Great sense of humor comparing yourself to Kell in Collision Course! A sweet love story you two have, met in the past then met again and everything clicked. (long sigh) I love that.
    Thanks for a chance to win your wife’s new book, cant wait for it!

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  • Johanna Jochum

    Yeah, I almost spewed my bananna smoothie all over the screen after reading your comment “trouser marbles” Thanks for sharing with us! ~Love your pic!


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  • Hi all!

    On behalf of Mr. DiPasqua (who’s been caught up at work but will be here later) and I –we’d like to thank Mr. Archer–Nico Russo— for being such an amazing and delightful guest! *waves* at Zoë. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Everyone, be sure to check out her website for the new excerpt of Devil’s Kiss this weekend!


  • Nico Rosso

    Thank you, Lila and Mr. DiPasqua, for being such gracious hosts. And thanks to everyone who stopped by with the great questions and comments.

  • Di

    As I was reading the interview I was thinking that you both work a lot & wondered if you got to travel for work/research or just pleasure. You answered that a bit, but do you have anything to add, or where you love to travel?

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  • Nico Rosso

    You’re right, Di, we do work a lot and travel is one of the biggest things we miss when things get hectic. There are tons of places in the US neither of us have seen (can you believe the Grand Canyon has escaped us?) as well as places in Europe. We went for a belated honeymoon in Italy and would like to go back. Even if we’re traveling for pleasure, it turns into research because of how the new environment inspires us. We usually come back from trips, even weekend getaways, with new concepts in our notebooks.

  • Enjoyed the interview. You are a well matched couple. I have most of the BLADES OF THE ROSE series and can’t wait to finish getting them so I can read it. (I like to be able to read a whole series at once) This new series sounds intriguing. Are these rakes redeemable? Had to go to Zoe’s site to read the blurb on it and the Hellraiser’s series. Should be good. Will have o start collecting them too.
    Liked your advice for new RH’s. I am sure being a writer yourself, you more than understand the pressures of deadline, trouble with a character or scene, and just letting the thoughts run.
    Best of luck for both of you with your future books.

    librarypat AT comcast DOT net

  • Nico Rosso

    I hope you enjoy the Blades, librarypat. I think the books are a great adventure. The Hellraisers are much darker. The rakes are redeemable, but it’s a massive struggle for them to break out of the clutches of evil (luckily, they have powerful women to help).

  • Oh Mr. Archer, I too have been waiting for the trouser marbles answer. *smirk*

    Q: Would you ever consider writing a book with Zoe?

    Kati R@Romancing Rakes


    Well Nico Rosso I will be chasing up your work too, that seems only fair.

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  • These interviews are very informative and interesting.I think Lila and Mr. D have created a fine way to meet the Author’s and their other halves. Devil’s Kiss is already on my TRL. Love finding new series books. Thanks for sharing.
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