Today’s guest is author Robin Kaye, whose fabulous release Romeo, Romeo is available now!
Welcome. I really appreciate you being my guest. Can you please tell us about your book?
Thanks so much for inviting me. It’s great to be here.
Romeo, Romeo is about an independent businesswoman, Rosalie Ronaldi, whose life would be perfect if she could just figure out how to keep her nosy, pushy, Italian family from trying to marry her off.
Nick Romeo, Brooklyn’s Donald Trump without the comb over, thinks independent women are an urban myth, until he meets Rosalie and realizes they’re no myth, just a pain in the ass. He’s finally met a woman who’s looking for the same thing he is, a commitment free relationship, and is shocked to discover that all he wants to do is take care of her. Before too long, he’s moved in, cleaned her apartment, stocked her refrigerator, and adopted her dog.
What inspired the story?
I was taking an on-line writing class on point of view and the first assignment was to write a scene in first person.
I had just made a 20-quart pot of spaghetti sauce, dumped my meatballs in, and had ten minutes until I could stir the pot. I hate waiting those ten minutes. They always seem to last an eternity, so wearing my “The trouble with eating Italian food is 3 days later, you’re hungry again” apron, I ran into my office and wrote a scene with an Italian family around the Sunday dinner table. It was the scene in which my heroine, Rosalie Ronaldi, realized that there was an expiration date on uncommitted relationships. The scene was cut from the final manuscript, but I fell in love with Rosalie and her family, and I knew I had to write her story. It almost killed me to cut that scene, because it was so funny, but it wasn’t wasted. I used it in my blog. That made me feel much better.
Can you tell us a little more about the hero and heroine? What do you like most about them?
Rosalie is a snarky, independent, stubborn, successful businesswoman with an overbearing Italian family. She never wants to get married and she means it. She’s happy with herself and her life. I love that about her. She’s also the anti-Martha Stewart. She doesn’t cook, doesn’t clean, and lives in fear of her mother’s visits.
Nick is great. He’s a lot of fun but he’s stubborn as all get out. He’s an alpha male with a sensitive side and he’s not quite sure how to handle it. He takes care of the people he loves without even realizing it. He’s a self made man, but his money and success haven’t changed him. He’s still hanging around with the same friends he grew up with.
What was your favorite part of writing this book?
It was a fun book to write. It was one of those books that just flowed. Sitting down to write it every day was a joy.
What is your favorite part of being a writer? Least favorite?
I love playing god with my characters. I get to live other people’s lives in a way, and it’s so much fun.
My least favorite part of being a writer is revisions. You have this movie in your head and then you have to change it. It’s really difficult for me.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Stubborn, funny, and unpredictable.
Who are some of your favorite authors? Or who do you like to read?
Favorite romance authors – Jane Austen, Suzanne Brockmann, Nora Roberts, Maureen Child, Rachel Gibson, Susan Mallery, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jennifer Crusie, Roxanne St. Claire, Patti Berg… the list is a very long one.
My absolute favorite kind of book is one that takes me on a mini-vacation, one that makes me a laugh out loud and makes my day brighter. I love reading a story that keeps me on the edge of my seat and has me rooting for the hero and heroine, even though in the back of my mind, I know there’s going to be a happy ending. Those are the books I love to read and the kind of books I try to write.
If you had a time capsule to be opened 50 years in the future, what would you put in it?
A copy of Romeo, Romeo, an iPod with my 10,000 songs on it, a note containing a description of a typical day in the life of an author, and a list of things I would love to see happen in the future.
What is next for you?
The second of my Domestic Gods series is due out in the spring of 2009. I’m writing the third book of the series now. With any luck, that one will be out in the fall of 2009.
Is there anything you’d like to ask my blog readers?
Sure! What is your definition of a domestic god, and do you have one of your own?
Thanks Robin for the fabulous interview!
Readers, you can find Romeo, Romeo online and in stores now.
You can learn more about Robin and her books by visiting: http://robinkayewrites.com/
I have a copy of Romeo, Romeo to give away to one lucky winner. I’ll randomly draw the winner from the comments and announce it Sunday, Nov. 16 so be sure to check back to see if you won!
So go ahead and answer Robin’s question…