Reader, I Married Him: Author Spouses Tell All: Kresley Cole & Tiffany L. Warren

Valentine’s Day is our holiday, when everyone’s thinking fragrant bouquets, intimate dinners, sexytimes … you know, romance. Which got us to wondering, what’s it like to be married to a romance author? Is it all lingerie and drama? Or more … take out and Netflix marathons? For the rest of the week we’ll be meeting some romance author spouses who are going to tell it like it is. Readers, get ready to swoon. 

Next up is Kresley Cole’s hubby, Richard, who helps his wife with pesky deadlines and has a love for Norse legends!

What’s the biggest misconception about having a romance author for a spouse?
That my wife has an easy job!

What’s the silliest thing anyone’s ever said to you about having a romance author for a spouse?
I’ve had people tell me, “Oh, she writes those kinds of books.” I’ve heard this so many times I now have a standard reply: If you mean fun, adventurous, sexy, award-winning fiction for both adults and young adults, then yes. 

What’s the biggest perk that comes from having a romance author for a spouse?
Traveling for research. We’ve gotten to see so many things that were off the beaten path.

Brag about your spouse, what are you most proud of them accomplishing in this difficult industry?
I was so proud of her when she made the top ten on the New York Times bestseller list in three different genres — all within a six-month span. That has to be some kind of record!   

And I’m extremely proud of her induction into the RWA Hall of Fame, with three RITA wins all from the same series! She works harder than anyone I’ve ever known and sacrifices a lot, and these things help make it all worthwhile.

Does everyone in your life know what your spouse does for a living?
The ones closest to us know, but we keep a pretty low profile. Some of our neighbors don’t have a clue, though they must wonder since we leave the house so rarely.

If you ever had to write a book, what kind of book would it be?
I think a YA based on some of the old stories and Norse legends I used to hear when I grew up in Sweden.

What’s your coping mechanism when your spouse is on deadline?
Pull up a chair and dig in with her. We’ll spend all-nighters talking out plot points, and I make sure she keeps forward momentum. She’s a perfectionist, and she’ll tinker with a paragraph or even a line for hours and hours. I’ll spur her to start on another section and come back to the paragraph. Usually when she does that, the solution is so much clearer.

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And we have Tiffany L. Warren‘s husband, Brent, who’s proud of his wife’s perserverence and is honest about how her career helps their large family.

What’s the biggest misconception about having a romance author for a spouse?
The one that stands out to me the most is that we don’t fully support our spouse. Throughout the years, the level of shock I’ve received from the physical, mental, financial and social support I have for Tiffany makes it seem as though I’m doing something completely out of the ordinary. I don’t know what it feels like to not support her because I always have and I always will.

What’s the silliest thing anyone’s ever said to you about having a romance author for a spouse?
The silliest things would probably have to do with the heroes in some of her books! They wonder if I’ve done some of their dastardly deeds and if any of the romantic moments are inspired by real life. 

What’s the biggest perk that comes from having a romance author for a spouse?
Since we have a family of seven with five school-aged children, I’d have to say the money! Seriously! If you’ve ever had to spend money on school trips out of town, school fees, band fees, class party fees, school lunches and school clothes for one child then multiply that dollar amount and that time by five. Then you have the Warren household!

Has your spouse ever put you in a book?
There may be bits and pieces of a few things I’d do or say but for the most part Tiffany gives her characters their own identity. They come to life for her and they’re able to exist in the creative places in her mind without a real world person as their parallel.

Brag about your spouse, what are you most proud of them accomplishing in this difficult industry?
I’m most proud of her perseverance. Tiffany has found her passion and has been dedicated to nurture it and continually enhance the readers’ experience. 

Does everyone in your life know what your spouse does for a living?
I make it a point to share her accomplishments with friends and strangers alike.

If you ever had to write a book, what kind of book would it be?
It would either be a self-help book which helps society heal from mental scars or a book on Microsoft Excel. Two different ends of the spectrum but they are the things which occupy my interest.

What’s your coping mechanism when your spouse is on deadline?
I normally split my time between spending a little extra time with our children, professional development or hanging out with friends.

Sigh, right? We told you you’d swoon. Check back all week as we celebrate those bravest of souls — the romance author spouse. You can see all of our spousal interviews here. And for more love stories, be sure to visit our Everything Romance page!

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