My Guest, Mr. Snow!

Mr. DiPasqua:  Today I have a relatively new Romance Husband with me at the A Midnight Dance Blog Party — Mr. Snow.   Mr.Snow can you tell us who you’re married to and what she writes?

Mr. Snow:  I am married to Heather Snow, and she is a historical romance author with a degree in chemistry who decided she preferred creating chemistry on the page, rather than in the lab. Heather writes Regency-set historical romances with light mystery elements.

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. Snow:  Business man and scholar would be apt descriptions. I have been an investment banker and bond trader for the better part of two decades now. In addition to avidly supporting my wife’s blossoming career and helping to raise two rambunctious boys, aged 3 years and 3 weeks, I will also graduate from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis with an Executive MBA in December. Still, I have been known to break out the toolbox now and then. I can fix my own car, plumb a house, trouble-shoot electricity and all that. Just don’t ask me to cook…Heather says no matter what I attempt to make, it all tastes the same. Must be because I put garlic and black pepper on everything…

Mr. DiPasqua:  Ok…I won’t ask about the impact of the S&P downgrade on the bond market but I will ask “whats wrong with garlic and pepper on everything???”  That actually sounds good to me…Anyway, where did you and your wife meet? What convinced you that she was “the one”?

Mr. Snow:  On the phone. It was love at first conversation. I was moving to KC for a new job and she rented me an apartment sight unseen at the high rise apartment building that she was managing in downtown Kansas City. She was trying to find her passion in life after leaving medical school, and she found me instead! The apartment was not that great, but I would have bought anything from her just to hear her siren’s song. We have joked for years that she could make a mint as a “phone actress!” After meeting her and experiencing the joy that she shares daily, I was hooked. After watching her with kids, it became quickly apparent that I would never father a child with anyone but Heather.

Mr. DiPasqua:  So you are obviously a voice-man :)  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. Snow:  When she got the offer from her agent last July, I was away in St. Louis for a week-long class. She was away, too, in Orlando for the Romance Writers of America conference, where she was a finalist in their contest for unpublished authors, the Golden Heart®. Her agent made a public offer of representation at the award ceremony of one of the two other national contests Heather won that night. I was waiting for news but knew she had two award ceremonies to juggle. So, polite and patient Romance Husband that I am, I texted her. Hey, I didn’t want her phone to ring right in the middle… I got a breathless phone call that said, “I just won the Hearts Through History contest and Barbara Poelle offered for me in front of everyone! I have to run now. I’m late for the Daphne’s!” It was many hours later, when we were both in our respective hotel rooms for the night, that I got the whole story.

I was at the office on September 30th of last year when Heather called to tell me that her first book, Sweet Enemy, had received multiple offers and was being auctioned. A week later, the dust settled and Heather landed at NAL. It didn’t surprise me. I’ve always known she could do anything she set her mind to. I am just overjoyed that her dedication will allow her to share her considerable talents with others.

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. Snow:  If only I were half as hunky as her literary heroes, so my answer must be C and D!

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. Snow:  I was more like Prince Charming’s penniless footman. Our first date was magical, if economical. We went out for Chinese food and a movie—the quintessential cheap date. We saw Conspiracy Theory with Julia Roberts and Mel Gibson. When Mel’s character sits outside Julia’s character’s window in his taxi and watches her nightly run, Lauryn Hill’s remake of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” plays. I knew just how he felt—well, aside from the stalker part. I wasn’t able to take my eyes off of Heather, either, and haven’t been able to ever since. That song became our song, and we danced to a fun mix of it and the original Franki Valli and the Four Season’s version at our wedding.

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. Snow:  I used to think of football. Now I think of beakers and ball gowns. Sweet Enemy is about a brilliant lady scientist that must embrace lace, lust and eventually love in order to solve her father’s murder. (Heather inserts~ “Hey babe, that’s great! If the market tanks, you could always write cover copy!)

Heather and I also think of our oldest son. His first word was not ‘mommy’ or ‘daddy’—it was “ball”! At 13 months old, he was able to hit daddy between the eyes with his binky from across the room. He must get his athleticism from his mother. Please remember that I am the scholarly type.

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. Snow:  I have been a widower (oops, I mean romance husband) for four glorious years now. (We’ve been married for twelve, but Heather didn’t start writing until 2007.)

I strongly recommend having as many kids as you can while your wife is working furiously on deadline to fulfill her first three book contract. We had our first child as she was writing her first book, Sweet Enemy, and our second child while writing her second book. We all know how a newborn’s sleeping habits are great for Mommy’s energy and creativity…

All romance husbands should also start a 20 month masters degree program in a city 240 miles away practically the same day your wife finals in the Golden Heart®. That way, you’re completely swamped with school and work at the exact time she is signing with an agent and about to be published. Your blushing bride will always appreciate your dedication and sacrifice! She won’t mind that you’re gone most nights and weekends in class, leaving her with the children while she’s all-of-the-sudden on deadline… (Thankfully, I am almost finished with school and cannot wait to give Heather the support that she deserves.)

Seriously though, play with your kids as much as you can so that she can have as many uninterrupted writing hours as possible. Call and offer to bring home dinner, because likely, she’s forgotten to take anything out, much less cook it. If you have to, send her away! Also remember to give your bride plenty of material for her book. Keep those home fires burning.

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. Snow:  Because Heather’s first heroine is a brilliant chemist who, ahem, liked to experiment, I just smirk back and tell people that we affectionately refer to our bedroom as The Laboratory! Unless you embrace your wife and her choice of careers, your buddies and colleagues will be relentless. Just flash that Cheshire cat grin like you know something that that they never will!

Mr. DiPasqua:  Great advice :) What character in your wife’s books would she say most resembles you and/or your personality? 

Mr. Snow:  She is saving my likeness for a real rogue. Stay tuned.

Mr. DiPasqua:  Since you’re married to a romance author, I’m sure fans want to know—what do you consider a romantic evening? Dinner and a movie? A quiet evening at home? The back seat of a Chevy under the stars? (Folks, we’re guys. You know I had to add that last one.) What do you think your wife’s answer would be to this same question? :)

Mr. Snow:  Our ideal romantic evening includes fine dining with ample red wine and a walk under the stars—Heather would say it’s even more romantic if there are plenty of historic homes and/or buildings to look at while we walk, or better yet—ruins. While I am content to inhale her intoxicating scent here in KC, she would prefer that I surprise her with dinner and a stroll in NYC or London.

Mr. DiPasqua:  Thanks so much for participating in the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party.  One last question: What would you like us to know about your wife’s latest or upcoming release? 

Mr. Snow:  I actually have read it! And I’m very proud. Really, she amazes me—and it’s not just because I’m her husband. Other people—smart, talented people unrelated to her—have read it and loved it, too. For example:

“Historical intrigue and heart-pounding passion make Sweet Enemy a great read. Romance fans will love it.”
~#1NYT Bestselling Author JULIE GARWOOD
and
“Heather Snow combines sizzling tension, witty dialogue and achingly raw emotions for a passionate love story you’ll remember long after the last page.”
~KATHRYN SMITH~USA Today Bestselling Author of “When Tempting a Rogue”

Sweet Enemy is Heather’s debut, coming from NAL Signet Eclipse on February 7, 2012. It’s the first in her Veiled Seduction series and the quick blurb is this:

Beakers and ball gowns don’t mix, so when a lady chemist goes undercover at a house party to investigate the earl she thinks may have murdered her father, romance isn’t part of her formula. But it only takes one kiss to start a reaction she can’t control…

Though it’s not out in stores yet, Sweet Enemy, is available for pre-order at these great retailers:

Pre-Order “Sweet Enemy” at:

Rainy Day Books (our local Indie)
Amazon
Books-A-Million
Barnes and Noble

You can find out more about Heather and her writing at www.HeatherSnowBooks.com. And be sure to follow her on Facebook for your chance at winning a complete, SIGNED backlist by Julie Garwood. You can also find Heather on Twitter.

GIVEAWAY:  Since her book isn’t out yet, Heather will be giving away a decorative book-safe. You know, those nifty devices that look like old books, but you can hide things inside? One may or may not feature in her novel… She’ll also send a set of Sweet Enemy trading cards and an I.O.U. for a signed copy of Sweet Enemy hot off the presses in February! Contest is open WORLDWIDE.
QUESTION:  What song did you (or do you hope to) dance to at your wedding? What is the story behind it?

RULES:
To win you must:

1. Answer Mr. Snow’s question, or ask a question of your own—We’re men. We can take it. :) Remember: the more you comment, the greater your chances at winning the GRAND PRIZE.

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.

Ways to increase your odds at winning are found at the very bottom of this blog.


Mr. DiPasqua: Great chatting with you, Mr. Snow!  Let’s hear your responses, folks!  :)