My Guest, Mr. Kennedy!

Mr. DiPasqua:  Folks, I’m just thrilled!  A MIDNIGHT DANCE is garnering amazing reviews everywhere! A Recommended Read right across the board!  Don’t believe me?  Check your favorite book site! Better yet, get a copy and judge for yourself. :)

Today, it is my pleasure to introduce Mr. Kennedy to A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party.  Mr. Kennedy can you tell us who you’re married to and what she writes?

Mr. Kennedy:  Kris Kennedy – she writes historical romance in the medieval time period. She currently has three published books: The Conqueror, The Irish Warrior and Defiant. From the online buzz that I’ve heard, everyone seems to love and drool over her book covers.

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. Kennedy:  I would like to describe myself as an athlete, but that would be stretching the truth a tad bit. I love to play softball and can often be found in the back yard playing Wiffle Ball with my young son. For that matter, I can often be found in the back yard playing anything that entails the use of a ball and some stick like object.

On the more serious side ( although some of those Wiffle Ball games can be get quite serious), I am a professional counselor. For the last six years I’ve dedicated my time to providing counseling services to military personnel and their families.

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

Mr. Kennedy:  A party of all things. Each of us was in a fairly altered state without a care in the world. When I first saw Kris she seemed like an old soul to me. I was intrigued and knew I had to get to know her. Being quite the word smith and having a way with the Ladies, I made the comment about her being “double fisted” as she made her way across the room with a beer in each hand. And here we are twenty – one years later.

Mr. DiPasqua:  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. Kennedy:  I was at work. Kris called me on my cell phone to deliver the great news!
I was really proud of her.

I had watched her creative process for years from the sidelines. From my observations, writing can be quite the grueling process at times and I was just so happy to see all her hard work pay off. It was truly a dream come true.

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. Kennedy:  I have to admit that I have not read Kris’ most recent book, Defiant. One thing for sure is the fact that I look nothing like the guy on the cover. I’m extremely muscular and have long hair……. Oh wait a second, I do resemble him, don’t I?

Seriously though, I’m pretty confident that I can give him a run for his money as far as character traits and personality are concerned.

Now where did I put my damn sword?

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. Kennedy:  I think probably a mix between Prince Charming and bad boy. We spent the night sitting in a park (charming) and drinking a couple quarts of beer (bad boy). I told you I had a way with the Ladies.

I was very polite and respectful and only stole a kiss or two or three…………….

Mr. DiPasqua:  That’s a lot of dot, dot, dots you’ve left in that sentence. 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. Kennedy:  The perpetual 12 y.o. boy in me immediately thinks of some crude humor. Think of Beavis and Butthead laughing while one of them says, “He just said ball”. Otherwise, I definitely think of baseball.

But I do like the picture Kris’ fans “balling” in her presence. I take it a step further in my mind and picture a rather large and exuberant group of fans chasing her down the street, screaming and holding her book in their hands and waving it like mad. Very similar to the old films of teenage girls chasing down the Beatles.

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. Kennedy:  About ten or eleven years. [Kris here, to clarify the timeline here: we’ve been married since 1994, but I only started writing sometime about 2000.]

Advice? Probably patience. Like I said before, from my observations the creative process of writing, although rewarding, can be grueling and stressful at times. Give your wife the time and space to do her work. It will pay off in the end.

Deadline? See above advice about giving her time and space. If you have children, increase your active parenting skills. And if possible, leave the house for a few hours or days if possible.

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. Kennedy:  I usually respond with something like, “ Aren’t you the witty one?”

But seriously, I usually feel myself immediately starting to blush and quickly change the subject to sports or power tools.

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

Mr. Kennedy:  Totally stumped!

Mr. DiPasqua:  You’ve been a great sport, Mr. Kennedy. 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. Kennedy:  I know very little about Kris’ next book except for the fact that she has been working like crazy every opportunity she gets.

The flow of those opportunities is frequently interrupted due to a variety of other real life
responsibilities that Kris so expertly handles.

I’m sure it will be awesome!

[Kris here, [waving], here to do the promotional work that hubby does exceptionally well in person, not so well online… :)

DEFIANT is my latest release. It came out in May, and Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review and called it a ‘daring romance.’ It’s earned Top Pick/Desert Island Keeper from many review sites, such as The Season, Night Owl Reviews, and All About Romance.

Stop by the WEBSITE to read excerpts and see Buy links.
Oh, and I’m having a NameThatHero  contest via Twitter! My poor, ½ Irish con man hero needs a worthy name. There are awesome prizes, including YOUR name (and anyone you might want to thank for name inspirations) in the Acknowledgments of the book!

Also, I’m also here to say the reason I selected pictures of my husband with our baby and our dog was because they’re all a helluva lot cuter than I am. But more importantly, who can resist a good-looking man taking care of a puppy and a baby? Awww…..
So, enjoy. :)

GIVEAWAY:  Kris’s latest release, DEFIANT, a Publishers Weekly starred review, to Canadian & US entrants.

RULES:

To win you must:

1. Ask a question or leave a meaningful comment below—We’re men. We can take it.  So fire away!  :)

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

3. Please indicate if you live outside the US or Canada. You can still leave a comment! Your comment will *not* count toward this giveaway, but *will* count toward the Grand Prize listed at the very bottom of this blog.

4. You must be at least 18 years of age.

5. Winner will be selected at random on SUNDAY.

Ways to increase your odds at winning are found at the very bottom of this blog.
Mr. DiPasqua:  Great meeting you both, Mr. & Mrs. Kennedy!  Okay, folks, let’s hear your responses!  :)