I’m a technical writer. That means I write Frequently Asked Question pages (FAQs) on a regular basis. (You'd be surprised how much fiction I've written in the technical writing side of my career.) Anyway, I wrote an FAQ for His Secret Past and the comments were a ton of fun so it’s become a tradition for every book.
1. So the title of the book is Married by June. Is June a minister or a sea captain or what?
No one in the book is named June. The title means Cooper and Jorie get married in the month of June. Get it?
2. Your titles are so complicated. Next time try for something more straightforward, would you?
Wanted Man was hard to understand?
3. It wasn’t about an outlaw, was it?
Let’s move on. Do you have questions about something besides the title?
4. The hero works as a speechwriter for his brother who is a Senator. Do you have a background in politics?
Yes, I do. I grew up 2 houses away from the childhood home of Vice-President Joe Biden in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
5. That's it? You grew up near a politician?Actually, he moved away long before I moved in. I just like to tell people he was my neighbor.* I learned the political stuff for this book the boring way. Research.
6. If Cooper is this big political guy, don't you think he should have worn a suit instead of a t-shirt on the cover of the book?
Clothes don’t make the man, sister. At Superromance we value unpredictability. Take a look at Mason, the rock star. He wore a tuxedo on the cover of his book.
7. Are you saying there’s no special reason behind the t-shirt?
Do you need a better reason than, “Holy cow, will you look at the shoulders on that guy?”
8. Hmm. Actually, that's an excellent reason, isn’t it?
What? I was looking at something and didn’t hear what you said.
*When Joe Biden went back to Scranton recently for a visit, he bought hoagies for his entourage at Hank's Hoagies. I also buy my hoagies for my sons/entourage at Hank's when I'm home in Scranton. We're totally connected.
In the prologue for Married by June, Cooper proposes to Jorie by giving her a handwritten book. It describes the relationship he imagines they’ll have. This is how he starts, “On August 24th, I invite you over for dinner. You thought it would be takeout because you’ve never forgiven me for the frozen pizza incident, but I’m a man who learns from his mistakes. I make shrimp kebabs because you like seafood and I like food on sticks.” By the time Jorie gets to the last page, she’s caught up the romance of the moment, and she says, “Yes.”
Warning: This is a romance novel. Characters who get engaged in the prologue are due for trouble. Jorie and Cooper are broken up by page 35. For the record, it's my editor, Victoria, who makes me torture the characters this way.
My question for everyone is what's the most memorable proposal story you've ever heard? Or maybe you'd like to share your own proposal story. Everyone who reads this blog likes a good romance, so give us your best shot.
Here's my story --> I asked my husband to marry me while we were hiking at the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Here we are having our first dance at our wedding.
I'm giving away 5 copies of Married by June to people who comment on the blog today! Let's hear those stories.