It is very odd, but people frequently ask me “what is it like having a romance writer as a wife?’
I must say I have never given it much thought, but perhaps I should, so here goes…
I noticed that some of the female members of staff at the school I used to teach at would look at me differently once they had read a few of the love scenes in Serenity’s books. I guess my reputation as a romantic practitioner had risen a few thousand notches, and when I bought flowers for my wife (not an unusual occurrence) I was met with plenty of ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhs’ in the staffroom... I dread to think what they imagined about my bedroom gymnastics?
You see, most of the heroes that Serenity writes about are young, fit blokes, often trained in dangerous, and romantic occupations (like Mr Insatiable and his fireworks ) whereas I am a 57-year-old Londoner, who can honestly call teaching History his only skill (mind you those paper cuts can really sting!)
Serenity: hey, Rusty (Mr. Sinful) was a history teacher! Who do you think he was based on?!
My 18-year-old self was closer to the ‘Serenity Hero’, albeit with more emphasis on football and wearing flared trousers and a flower shirt! Still, it is nice to think that I can still gain a bit of a ‘Rep’ :-)
Apart from being simply ‘arm candy’, I also function as ‘Thalia’ her Muse of Comedy. It is strange reading some of her dialogue and thinking hmm, I remember saying that! It makes me feel better about buying guitars! When Serenity gets a new BookBub I think “ah a new Fender guitar”.
We do talk through ideas, and I must confess that it is great to be able to help with plots… Oh, and to put the record straight, it was not a Mars Bar… it was a Twix I think: p
Serenity: If you don't know what this is referring to, you so need to read Mr. Sinful!
For example…I remember reading an article out loud to a group of guys when I worked in a paper mill (paying my way through uni). The said article was about how Sting engaged in marathon sex sessions, and could make sex last for hours. It explained that he and his wife would stare at each other and "Think about sex without having intercourse" … "I do that all the time," came a forlorn voice, "I think about sex but don’t get any!" It was decided that we were all experts in that technique. Anything Sting could do, we could do better!
I believe THIS story also found its way between the pages of a book :-)
Being ‘Mr Serenity’ is actually great fun. I get to hear her ideas and hopefully contribute ideas of my own…plus I got to retire early so all in all it is a win-win!
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