But before we welcome out guest, you’ve GOT TO READ THIS REVIEW of A MIDNIGHT DANCE! “Sabine and Jules turn A Midnight Dance into a scintillating erotic feast! These two are irresistible. They make the pages fly by and leave you wanting more of Lila DiPasqua’s dazzlingly beautiful writing! Ms. DiPasqua’s take on Cinderella is a gorgeous sizzling tale! I finished and wanted to start it over immediately. I cannot wait for the next installment in this outstanding series!”–Joyfully Reviewed.
Yeah, I’m having a proud RH moment. :)
Okay, to our wonderful guest: Please help me welcome Mr. Jordan/Kohler to the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party! Can you tell us who you’re married to and what she writes?
Mr. Jordan/Kohler: Wow, great question. I guess it depends on which book is coming out next. I am married to the very lovely and talented Sophie Jordan — or Sharie Kohler depending on your taste in genres. She writes historicals and young adult fiction for HarperCollins as Sophie Jordan, and paranormals for Pocket as Sharie Kohler.
Mr. Jordan/Kohler: Huh, let’s see. I love the outdoors and anything that has to do with the outdoors: hunting, fishing, etc. I love sports. I grew up playing the usual. Football, baseball, basketball. When I’m not busy being a RH, or acting as a taxi cab for our 2 children, I work full-time as a productivity leader for Ingersoll Rand. I am fortunate enough to work from home, so I get to spend a lot of time with my lovely wife and children.
Mr. DiPasqua: Taxi driver is probably a full time job on its own :) Where did you and your wife meet? What convinced you that she was “the one”?
Mr. Jordan/Kohler: This answer may get me in trouble, but we will go with it.
The first time I met Sophie was at a party in college that a friend of mine was having. It was during the summer and Sophie knew the girl I was on a date with. She used knowing this girl to get an introduction to me – or so she tells me now. Once the semester started, and I ran into Sophie a few more times, I got up the courage to ask for her phone number one night at the Dixie Chicken, the greatest bar in College Station. Since she already had her eye on me, you can guess that she said yes. ;)
I knew Sophie was the one after our first couple of dates. She always thinks of others and had a strong sense of family, which is important to me. Of course it also helped that she was smoking hot and could cook – boy, can she cook! Ironically I lived with Mr. Shana Galen at the time and one day at through the grocery store, I guess I was talking about Sophie a little too much, and he asked me: “So when are you going to marry this girl?” Right there, I knew I wanted to do just that.
Mr. Jordan/Kohler: I was at work when we got the call for representation from Maura Kye-Casella. Funny story, when our daughter was born we decided that Sophie would stay at home and take care of her – I mean let’s face it, after paying for day care with a teacher’s salary back in the day there wouldn’t be a lot left over at the end of the month. So this arrangement worked out for a few years while Sophie started the writing journey, eventually finaling in contests where the manuscript would be read by an agent or editor. One Sunday night Sophie and I sat down and had a talk about her needing to go back to work (remember back in the day when teacher’s jobs were plentiful?). We agreed that she would call her old principal on Monday and see what they had available for the school year. So early Monday, before she put in that call, she got a call from Maura offering representation, Finally one of those contests paid off!
We were both very excited. We knew that it didn’t mean landing a contract exactly, but it was on the right track. Needless to say that phone call to the principal NEVER happened. Once Sophie agreed to sign with Maura, she told her that Avon had a copy of a manuscript that had finaled in a contest. So Maura made a few calls and within a week Avon offered Sophie her first contract! We were both very excited and haven’t looked back since.
Mr. Jordan/Kohler: I think the hero in her upcoming book, VANISH, is somewhat like me. When reading Sophie’s books I can always pick up on little sayings of mine that she utilizes in her books.
So I also consulted the wife about this, and according to her “All my heroes are just like you, honey. You’re an alpha male, and if we were a pack of dogs, you would defiantly be the leader”. I honestly don’t know if I should be offended or not by that statement…I guess it’s just good I’m not a dog…
Mr. Jordan/Kohler: I am going to say A, but Sophie might not agree. I think the one thing she remembers from our date was after dinner we went to have a drink in a sports bar, and I allegedly kept paying attention to the score of the Houston Astros game. In my defense I was nervous about what to say, but was an excellent listener. I also may or may not have told a joke about being “tri-sexual” — you know to break the ice…
d) A gathering of lords and ladies.
Mr. Jordan/Kohler: I immediately think baseball, probably for playing the sport from ages 5 – 18, and then slow pitch softball after college. I also think of football, basketball, soccer … yes,
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. Jordan/Kohler: I have been an RH since 2005, with all the RH’s on the blog we could probably start an RH support group.
I guess the number thing is to be supportive, and also encourage others to be supportive. It seems that most people outside the writing community don’t really “see” this as a full time job, and trust me with 3 different publishers its more than a full time job for my wife.
Help out whenever you can, especially around deadline time. Cook, clean, take kids out of the house, anything that helps her get some solo time to write. Fortunately our oldest is in elementary school, and our youngest will be starting a 5 day a week mother’s day out in September. So after September you can find Sophie in her office at the local Starbucks. Just don’t bother her – she needs to write!
Also, become a good listener. Expect to hear that every book just turned in was the worst book she ever wrote. Sometimes she just needs someone to vent to. Of course it’s a fine line to walk between just listening and commenting. I haven’t figured it out yet myself, a work in progress (RH support group hotline???).
Educate yourself with the writing process/business and attend writing events with your wife. Chances are that if you have seen Sophie/Sharie at the last two RWA conferences, I have been with her – especially at the signings.
Mr. Jordan/Kohler: This seems to be the number one question I usually get asked, followed closely by how much money she makes writing. I guess my running joke has become: “When you’re reading those love scenes … just picture me”. That seems to silence most people, followed by a “ewe” from a majority of her friends…
Mr. Jordan/Kohler: Well, apparently I would lead a pack of dogs, but strangely I haven’t read any of her books about a pack of dogs yet – might be the next big idea???
Honestly I would have to say Will in FIRELIGHT and VANISH. Will is a draki hunter, and I recall getting asked lots of questions about guns, hunting, and 4 wheel drive trucks during the writing of these books. Not to disappoint, Will also uses a few of my patented quotes in these books.
Mr. Jordan/Kohler: Growing up my wife raised rabbits. She’s also deathly afraid of roosters – yes, some unmentionable incident from years ago.
Also, my father in-law has a pecan orchard as a hobby, so she knows a lot about pecans, and allegedly knows how to operate a tractor, even though there is a rumor of a tractor vs. tree incident…
In bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s dramatic follow-up to Firelight, forbidden love burns brighter than ever.