I never told many people (I guess I'm telling a whole bunch now lol), but I had surgery a few weeks ago-nothing serious, just an outpatient procedure-and for the first time in my life I was on drugs-a lot of drugs lol as they prepared me to be wheeled into the operation room. Let me just say here that I usually take nothing-no vitamins, no regular medication, a Tylenol for a headache maybe once every two months, that's it, so the meds they injected into my I.V. hit me hard.
And in my silly, confused, VERY relaxed state I realized two things about myself-One-I talk way too much and Two-I married the most romantic man in the world. Here's how it happened-the realization I mean...
Once the drugs started kicking in, my nervousness about going under for the first time disappeared completely, they could have told me they were about to remove a leg and I would have helped them do it. So, of course, I start talking-mostly about all of you lol. I bragged about Heartwarming and how wonderful the books are, I was Amy and Rula's personal publicist as I made each of the nurses promise to buy a copy of your books this month, and I talked about how much I love LOVE.
One of the nurses turned to my husband and said-Wow, you must be quite the romantic if you're married to a romance writer. And she asked me-Is he the inspiration for your books?
Immediately I laughed and said-Are you kidding-this guy is the world's most unromantic man. (Debbie Macomber claims to have him, but really I do).
She said-What? You mean you don't run her a bath and leave rose petals on the floor as a trail?
He said-Nope, I'm the guy with the vacuum cleaning up the mess.
And right then in my fuzzy state-I realized just how wrong I am when I say he is not romantic.
He may never have given me flowers or candy or stuffed animals that would have found their way to a garbage can anyway...His wedding proposal was as practical as it can get-'We're here at Tiffany's in Las Vegas, we may as well just buy the ring now. Just keep it on and I'll pay for it.' And he doesn't interrupt his super stressful, busy workday to call me just to hear my voice...
He does so much more! He believes in my writing ability much more than I do, allowing me the option to stay at home and write if I choose. He bought every superhero costume available in kid size and adult size so he can dress up like superheroes to play with our son. A work-aholic when we met, he no longer works past five so he can be home for dinner with his family. And when a plot idea comes to me as I'm dozing off and too lazy to get up to write it down, he does! You really can't get much more romantic than that.
That's when I also realized that the heroes in my books ARE inspired by him. For whatever reason-readers are loving Luke Dawson-the hero in The Trouble With Mistletoe and now I realize why-like my husband-Luke has an undying love for the heroine, one that never falters or fades, despite the crap she puts him through and he shows it in deep and meaningful ways. I never consciously modeled him after my husband, but now I know why I love both of them so much:)
Our one year anniversary is coming up in a couple of weeks, I guess that's why I've had all of this on my mind...thanks for letting me indulge:) Sorry for babbling on and on...maybe those drugs haven't quite worn off yet lol.