Today, I'm very excited to have The Romance Man at Lady Scribes. I first learned about RM through a facebook post by author Jessica Scott. Nosy person that I am, I clicked on the link and started reading the most hilarious book review evah. Seriously. The line that killed me was: The hero kept appearing out of nowhere; I think the author confused Navy SEALS with ninjas.
Don't be fooled (and DEAR LORD don't read his blogs at work or church--if you work at a church, you're just plain screwed.), RM takes romance seriously, even his approach to reviewing and sharing too much information has a serious bent. And it's because of this approach that he has amassed a serious following.
Usually, RM is doing polls and asking outrageous questions to get into the mind of the female reader, but today he's revealing all for us.
Marquita Valentine: I read on your blog that you came out to your wife, Lexie--about reading Romance Novels, that is. How exactly did *that* conversation go, and does she support your addiction?
Romance Man: It wasn't so much coming out as getting caught. She walked into my office while I was reading and I had to tell her. When she got done laughing I told her about the book I was currently reading and some of the others I had read. She was shocked simply because I am not the kind of guy you would ever think reads romance novels but she loves it. We read them together at night while we are in bed and it is great quality time together. I think every man should do this with his wife. It will improved their relationship and their sex life.
MV: Have you spilled the beans to any of your friends about your alter ego?
RM: No, I have not told any family or friends about this. Since you have read my blog I'm sure you can understand why.
MV: What do you think a guy could learn by reading a romance novel?
RM: Romance novels are a blueprint for what women like and want and I can't believe more men haven't figured this out. I can't believe it took me so long to figure out. These are books that are written by women for women so they are filled with things that women like and find attractive. They are like an instruction manual and I have learned so much about women reading these books.
MV:What's your favorite type of heroine?
RM: Strong and feminine. I believe women can be strong and feminine and most writers do this well. I have read a few books where the writers mistake physical strength as the only kind of strength and sometimes they wind up writing women that are macho. I don't like that. I like women that are mentally and emotionally strong. That is very sexy to me.
MV: Now that you're a pro at reading romance, do you have a favorite genre?
RM: I am far from a pro but so far my favorite is Military mainly because I was in the military and I can relate to alot of the things in those books. I have not read a Historical yet and I don't really like Paranormal because they aren't normal. I like Contemporary though.
MV: Everyone loves your blog and it's become very well known in such a short span of time. How are you coping with your new found anonymous fame?
RM: It's bizarre in a lot of ways. I have a lot of new authors asking me to read their books and I get emails asking my opinion. It is strange that anyone would care what I think, my wife doesn't even care what I think. I wrote a blog called "Men and Marriage", it was geared toward men and was just some things that I thought men could easily do to improve their marriage and the response I received was huge. I got incredibly emotional, sad emails from women talking about there marriages and their problems and I realized that even though I am just a blogger what I write can effect people and that is a strange feeling for me.
MV: Are you surprised at the welcome you've received by the romance writers' community?
RM: Stunned is more like it. When I started my blog I really thought women would hate it because of my language and content but it has been the complete opposite women love the site. Everyone from readers to authors have been so kind to me and I never expected that. I have developed close friendships with many of these women and I think the romance community has some of the nicest people in the world in it.
MV: Is there any situation you'd like to see written in a romance novel?
RM: Yes I want to see a romance novel that does not have a happy ending, just once I want to see that. I also want to see a hero who is a war hero, vampire and shape shifter who falls in love with a heroine who is an alien.
Thank you so much for blogging with us today, RM! I hope you'll come back!
What book would you suggest RM read next?