My Guest, Mr. Kelly!
Mr. DiPasqua: The A MIDNIGHT DANCE BLOG PARTY has been a blast. Judging from the comments posted so far, it’s fair to say that our RHs have hit the mark in the hero department.
My next RH’s last name is Kelly! (I wonder if Mr. Astaire will be joining this dance as well). All kidding aside, please help me welcome Mr. Kelly to my A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party!
Mr. Kelly, can you tell us who you’re married to and what she writes?
Mr. Kelly: My DW (dear wife) is Vanessa Kelly. She writes Regency historical romance for Kensington Books. In addition, together we write contemporary romance and romantic suspense. CaddyGirls, was published by Harlequin’s Carina Press last year, and Hardball was published on Amazon in June.
Mr. DiPasqua: Oh, so you’re an author as well. That’s great! 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?
Mr. Kelly: I’ve worn a few hats over the years—economist, researcher, trade unionist, executive assistant, financial manager, part-time author.
Mr. Kelly: Vanessa and I met when our two organizations (unions) were discussing a possible merger. She was president of the smaller union; I was executive assistant to the president of the larger union. We’ve since been the butt of endless “merger” jokes. Vanessa was “the one” because she was and is smart, principled, kind and funny. Oh, and totally hot.
Mr. Kelly: At home. Her agent left a message to call her right away, and the excitement skyrocketed from there. I was over the moon proud and excited for her, especially since it was the first manuscript she’d written. But I sure didn’t realize how much my life was going to change. The Romance World pretty much takes over, doesn’t it?
Mr. Kelly: All of the above? No, I guess I’d have to say he’s pretty much just like me, since he’s a really good guy. I haven’t seen Mr. May, but I gather Dr. John Blackmore (hero in My Favorite Countess) is seriously hot, so I expect there’s some resemblance.
Mr. Kelly: Probably D! Or Prince Nervous. But we’d actually been friends for almost five years since we started actually dating, so it wasn’t like most first dates, I suppose. Still nerve-wracking, though.
Mr. Kelly: It has to be A, since I’ve always been a rabid baseball fan. I’m hoping for C someday, though. Legions of weeping fans, all clutching the hardcover books they’ve purchased.
Mr. Kelly: Five years as RH and counting. Advice? What can I say that won’t get me in trouble? Well, okay, you should try to be a calming influence, since the romance world (and publishing in general) can often be insane and wildly frustrating. And when DW is under deadline, cook, do laundry, clean the house and take care of the kids as much as you can. And take lots of benzodiazepines.
Mr. Kelly: Every RH has to accept that this irritating question will be asked virtually every time someone learns your DW is a romance writer. I often mumble something unintelligible, since I haven’t come up with the perfect answer yet, unfortunately. I’ve been thinking about claiming Vanessa was a Regency courtesan before her last two reincarnations. The other question regularly asked is if we practice each love scene to make sure she’s got it exactly right (again, with much smirking).
Mr. Kelly: Very possibly Simon, Earl of Trask, the hero of Sex and the Single Earl. Simon is something of a hard-ass in both love and business, and a little crabby at times, but he loves the heroine madly and will do anything to take care of and protect her.
Mr. DiPasqua: If you had to create a title for your own romance with your wife, what would that title be and why?
Mr. Kelly: The Hunky Canadian Boss and the Feisty American Professor. Why? Who doesn’t love a Presents Novel come to life?
Mr. Kelly: My Favorite Countess is Vanessa’s latest book, and she thinks it’s her best to date. She received some amazing reviews for it, including a starred review from Booklist. But she’s also caught some flack too, since the heroine is actually the villainous from the previous book, Sex And The Single Earl. Personally, I think Vanessa does a great job redeeming Bathsheba, who was a real…ahem, piece of work in the previous book, but transforms into a really cool heroine in My Favorite Countess.
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