Hubby's reaction

Still in California. Had a wonderful day yesterday having lunch with a friend at El Indios (the proclaimed birthplace of the taquito) and then exploring Old Town San Diego. Many pictures to come once I can find the cable to get these pictures off my phone.

I was reflecting on how many people have asked what hubby’s reaction has been to my recent Golden Heart® and agent news. I wonder why that is? I guess we’re romance people and we always want to know how people balance writing with life and love and everything else.

I try not to let writing take over our conversations. We both have full time jobs to discuss and kibitz about. I don’t talk to him about my plot or writing issues, etc. But I do update him on how the hunt is going and gush a little with him for every contest final or full request. And with each update, I have to explain to him what Romance Divas are, what RWA is, what’s a critique group, etc.

So yesterday I was searching a bookstore for Silver Phoenix and hubby came over with me to the Romance section.

“So explain to me, how do you know which publishing house these are from?” Hubby is a programmer, a techie at heart. He likes to probe and question and break things down.

I showed him the listings on the book spines: Pocket Books, NAL, Avon.

“Which house do you want?” he asked.

I laughed. “Anyone who will take me.”

I showed him a Julia Quinn book and he asked me what her husband did. I explained that he was a research Ph.D. in infectious diseases and that she made more than he did. He protested that once I made it big, he wouldn’t be motivated like that. He’d quit his job and spend his days planning meals for us. Keep in mind that hubby is actually super-driven with his job; a total Type A, alpha male. He does, however, love to cook.

“Nora Roberts’ husband is supposedly extremely good as a handy man. He helps her run a bed and breakfast.”

He grinned. “Now that’s more like it.”

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  1. Lisa and Laura Roecker
    May 04, 2009 @ 13:38:41

    Love it! My husband is on record as saying that he’ll happily become a man of leisure whenever our book hits the big-time. I don’t buy it for a second though…

  2. Jeannie
    May 04, 2009 @ 17:01:10

    I let my husband do the big dreaming when it comes to my writing. He wants to be like Danny Glover’s character in Lethal Weapon who always seems to have extra money because his wife writes romance novels under a pseudonym.

  3. Jax
    May 06, 2009 @ 21:15:09

    My man is very supportive and he is super creative even though he works in Finance. He says even if I make it big, he likes to be the provider. He’s super alpha when it comes to taking care of his family, but he’ll be all right if I ever decide to gift him with a few cars he has his eyes on. LOL