Mr. DiPasqua: I’m back!! I can’t believe it’s been a month already! I seriously love these RH interviews. I’ve met so many great guys–and I’ve had the chance to mingle with my dear wife’s lovely fans. A couple of quick announcements before we get started:
The winner of Lila’s fantastic October/November contest is :
CHRISTINE A ( your1chef11)
Congrats! Email my wife HERE with your mailing address! Also, Lila’s and Delilah’s Birthday Bash giveaway is still open. Six sets of books to six winners! You can check it out HERE.
Okay, I’m going to right jump into it—Mr. Robinson, welcome! It’s great to have you here. Can you tell us who you’re married to and what she writes?
Mr. Robinson: I have been married for 40 years to Maggie Robinson and Margaret Rowe. Have yet to be charged with bigamy. They both write historical, erotic, romantic fiction. Margaret, though, is really a dirty little girl and not someone you would want your children to spend time with.
Mr. DiPasqua: LOL! 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. Robinson: Let’s see……..I’m retired after 38 years as a high school principal. I live, literally, in the Maine woods at the end of a dirt road. I’ve been a scholar and an athlete but much prefer retirement. I have no desire to be an active and contributing member of society. I like my life the way it is, i.e., not knowing what day it is when I first wake up and enjoying my four children, now that they have all moved out, and my almost four grandchildren. I have appropriated my wife’s color NOOK, and read voraciously. We travel a lot.
Mr. DiPasqua: Man, that sounds great to me. You’re one lucky man. Where did you and your wife meet? What convinced you that she was THE ONE?
Mr. Robinson: We met in some friends’ living room on April 4, 1970. The husband was my best friend and the wife was hers. I knew she was the one when we went out on our first date alone that July. We got married January 24, 1971.
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?
I was at my “retirement job” when she got THE CALL from her agent, and she stayed up until 2 A.M. to tell me. I wondered what her advance was so I could retire a second time.
Mr. DiPasqua: Yup. That seems to be the first question that pops into every RH’s head when their wife gets THE CALL. :) 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. Robinson: I haven’t read her last book, but I suspect he was a much improved version of me, certainly younger.
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. Robinson: I was definitely Prince Charming. I sold a pint of blood to finance that first date (Dinner at Erik’s on 2nd Avenue and the Movie “Joe”, staring Peter Boyle) and walked 40 blocks to her NYC apartment carrying a bottle of Andre champagne and a bouquet of flowers. (Maggie: How could I not marry him? He sold blood and walked through half of Manhattan to go out with me!!! The cheap champagne didn’t hurt either.)
Mr. DiPasqua: Oh, you’ve put all men to shame, Mr. Robinson. I’ve heard a lot of stories of men doing things to impress women, but never selling their blood. lol Nowadays when you hear the word “ball” do you immediately think:
c) An uncontrollable weeping reaction of fans upon meeting your wife in person?
d) A gathering of lords and ladies.
Mr. Robinson: Any sport that uses a ball (Maggie: Mr. Robinson is a huge jock. He played football in college and coached football, basketball and baseball in his teaching career.)
Mr. DiPasqua: That is impressive, Mrs. Robinson/Rowe. Mr. Robinson, 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. Robinson: I’ve been a “serious” RH about 5 years. I would advise a new RH to be very nice to his wife. Remember she might be really rich someday, or kill you off in one of her books.
When your writer is under deadline, get a hobby that will take you out of the house. Learn to cook. Bring her breakfast at her desk. Do your own laundry if you want matching socks.
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. Robinson: “Where do you think?”
Mr. DiPasqua: Which character in your wife’s books would she say most resembles you and/or your personality?
Mr. Robinson: Any of her male protagonists. (Maggie, jumping in: Lord Edward Christie from Mistress by Marriage is Mr. Robinson at his best and worst all the way, a Regency Boy Scout who always does the right, honorable thing and doesn’t want to talk about his feelings.)
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. Robinson: Sitting watching our children with their children and coming to the same conclusion, “What do you know, they all turned out all right!”
My wife would say flowers, champagne and dinner. I got it right the first time.
Mr. DiPasqua: That’s a great answer! You’ve been a great sport! One last question: What would you like us to know about your wife’s latest or upcoming release?
Mr. Robinson: I haven’t read it yet but probably intelligently erotic. (Maggie, jumping in again: Mistress by Marriage came out in September 2011 from Kensington Brava and was chosen for the Smart Bitches Trashy Books Sizzling Book Club. Margaret has a hot short story in Berkley Heat’s Agony/Ecstasy edited by Jane Litte from Dear Author in December, and her Any Wicked Thing March 2011) is a 2011 RT Reviewers Choice nominee in the best erotic fiction category. Maggie’s Master of Sin ends the Courtesan Court series in April 2012. Thanks so much for having us here! Mr. Robinson may not be a perfect hero, but he’s mine! )
Master of Sin link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=075825105X/
Mistress by Marriage link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0758251033/
Agony/Ecstasy link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0425243451/
Any Wicked Thing link: http://www.amazon.com/Any-Wicked-Thing-Margaret-Rowe/dp/0425238644/
GIVEAWAY: Maggie Robinson: We’ll give away Mistress by Marriage AND Any Wicked Thing so you can sample both of Mr. Robinson’s wives. *g*.
Giveaway open WORLDWIDE!
1. Ask a question or leave a meaningful comment.
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 MONDAY Dec. 5, 2011.
Mr. DiPasqua: Thanks again for chatting with me, Mr. Robinson! It’s been a lot of fun getting to know you!
Thanks for joining us, Mrs. R!
See everyone next month, folks! Now, let’s hear your questions or comments. :)