Marie: In the months leading up to the launch of Romeo, Romeo, I read Robin's many blogs extolling the virtues of her real-life domestic god. One thought kept running through my mind: NO FREAKING WAY! No man is this perfect! It's just not in their DNA! So I began to challenge Robin a little bit on the blog. Tell us the truth, I would say. He can't be this perfect. But she continued to sing his praises. Now, I ask you, what woman do you know who's been married more than fifteen years and still acts as her husband's glowing PR agent? Most of us are looking for ways to dispose of the body by then, not talking about how FABULOUS he is!
Over the next few months we heard of only one chink in his armor—a favorite tree of hers that he cut down without (gasp) her permission. The result? She didn't speak to him for weeks. However, he probably still brought her coffee in bed every morning despite the silence. (Have you no pride man?) So, when I met Robin and her domestic god Stephen this past summer at RWA National in San Francisco, I was on a mission to discover his flaws. While he turned out to be short on flaws, he was cute as can be and a good sport, too. We met at the top-floor lounge at the hotel and had an hour-long discussion. Here's a sample of our conversation.
Marie: So tell me, Stephen, are you really as perfect as Robin makes you out to be?
Stephen: Maybe not perfect. Just perfect for her. (Marie chokes on her Cosmo and wonders who writes this guy's material.) Oh, and when she wasn't talking to me after the unfortunate tree incident, I still brought her coffee in bed. When you're in the doghouse, you can't afford to stop doing what works. Giving my wife caffeine first thing in the morning is always a safe bet.
Marie: Okay, I see how it is. You drug her and that's how you look so good in her eyes! I knew there had to be a logical explanation! So tell me, what's the real secret to your success as a domestic god? Is there more to it than caffeine in bed? And where do you think Robin likes you best? In the kitchen or the bedroom?
Stephen: You found me out. Robin is a much happier woman when her needs are met—only one of which is caffeine.
Okay, all laughing aside. The secret to my success is really doing what needs to get done. If that means doing the dishes, I do them, laundry, no problem. We're a team. If Robin cooks, I clean. Well, now that the kids are older and 'helping', I clean up after the kids take the first crack at it. There's much more to being a domestic god than coffee in bed, though, that and a kiss does help get the day off to a good start.
Hmm...kitchen or bedroom. That's a difficult question. Robin and I have a lot of fun in the kitchen, but I think if you were to ask her, she'd say she likes me best in the bedroom.
It's the one place we have any privacy and it's where I take care of the laundry as well as a few other very important things. Yeah, definitely the bedroom.
Marie: By other important things, I assume you mean dusting, vacuuming, folding your boxers and her unmentionables, and actually putting them away. Am I right? What advice do you have for a DG wanna be?
Stephen: Yeah, sure. That's what I meant, although, I'm more of a briefs guy. My advice to a DG wanna be is to just do it. Do whatever it is that will make your wife or significant other's life a little easier. It's the little things like getting her coffee when you get yourself some, offering to stop by the store on the way home, or helping around the house. The pay off is a wife who is happy, less stressed, and very appreciative.
Marie: Hmm, appreciative...Is that a metaphor? Well, Stephen, it's been nice chatting with the original domestic god. I wish I could find some more flaws for our readers, but alas, other than the tree and a mystery "girlfriend" who appeared with you in San Francisco, I'm not finding them. Perhaps our readers will have some questions that will expose the hidden flaws!
Stephen: What's the mystery? You and all the Casababes (as Robin calls you) met my friend Theresa. She's still talking about how much fun it was to meet so many great authors when she met up with me and Robin in San Francisco. She's also been buying all of your books. Theresa is great, and although Robin is always teasing me about having a "girlfriend," Theresa is as much her friend as mine. Besides, everyone knows I'm a one woman man. All domestic gods are.
Thanks for the interview Marie. It was a lot of fun. Oh, and I'm sorry about you catching my cold in San Francisco. I hope it was worth it.
Marie signs off to talk her own husband off the roof after he read about Stephen the DG...