My Guest, Mr. Romain!
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Romain: “A” on the first date. “B” on the second date. No further explanation will be forthcoming.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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:
Mr. Romain: And here are some of those great reviews I mentioned:
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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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. :)