Why My Husband Shouldn’t Read the Books I Write
And no, it’s not because it’ll besmirch his lily-white mind. I don’t write those scenes. Well, not really. (Not under this name, at least!)
It’s because we’re happy together and I’d like to keep it that way!
(Also, it’s because we could both be secret agents ready to turn on each other in a second.)
From the interview at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews:
Welcome Roxanne. Thanks for stopping in today. I’m thrilled with this chance to chat.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
The Galapagos Islands. Big tortoises.
What does your significant other think of your writing career?
My husband cannot wait until he’s introduced as Mr. Roxanne Snopek. In his words, “it’s my turn to be the arm candy!” Also, he’s waiting for buckets of cash to fall from the heavens. Such faith!
Does your significant other read your stuff?
We came to an agreement years ago that it’s a no-win situation. If he reads my stuff and says “I love it, you’re a genius” – which of course he should – well, he’s my husband. He has to say stuff like that.
If he reads it and says “meh” or any variation of “meh” well, what does he know, he’s not a writer. He doesn’t understand the genre, my process, how I’ve just torn open my pulsating flesh and now he’s poking it with barbeque tongs without anesthesia and it hurts, oh how it hurts! How can he be so cruel? He’s my husband! He’s supposed to be supportive!
So no, he doesn’t read my stuff. And yes, I take my medication.
What are your favorite TV shows?
I’m infatuated with Timothy Olyphant of Justified. It’s the hat. And the whole hillbilly vibe. But I also love Sons of Anarchy. Who doesn’t secretly want to be the Old Lady ruler of a biker gang? It’s the tattoos, I think. But, lest you attempt to pigeon-hole me, I also loveDownton Abbey. Ah, Matthew Crawley, how I miss thy dulcet tones. And that accent!
Do you have a milestone birthday coming up? If so, how are you approaching it?
Yes. 50. I’m approaching it as I do all numbers: warily, like there may be a test later. I started calling myself 50 over a year ago, I think. 50 is a nice round number, relatively easy to remember. Which is important at my age.
What are the most important attributes for remaining sane as a writer?
What?!? STAY SANE? THERE ARE ATTRIBUTES???
If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?
Chirpy bird. I dare you to prove otherwise.
Is there one passage in your book that you feel gets to the heart of your book and would encourage people to read it? If so, can you share it?
Fake Fiance, Real Revenge is about reconciliation and healing. Here’s one of Mitch’s most vulnerable moments:
He gripped the doorframe, unable to meet her eyes. “If I don’t say this now, I’ll lose my courage. Maybe you don’t want me. Maybe you can’t wait for me to leave. Maybe I’m the worst thing that ever happened to you. But maybe not. It seems to me like we’ve moved past all the old stuff, but maybe it’s my imagination. Tell me if it is and I’ll go. I’ll never mention it again. But.” Now he met her eyes, those sparkling pools of endless blue. “If it isn’t…”
It’s also about family. Here’s Mitch getting relationship advice from his brother Carson:
“Luck is just the beginning.” He poked a finger in Mitch’s chest, but not maliciously. “It takes work. And a hell of a lot of courage. Hardest thing a man can do is look at himself honestly.”