Shannon here: Inspirational Fiction with a strong romantic element is how author G. Edward Snipes describes his book, I Called Him Dancer. Today, Eddie shares his real life romance with us. Comment on any post dated May 23 – 27 for a chance to win a copy. Deadline: May 28, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Eddie:
1. What’s the most romantic thing your spouse has ever done for you?
She wove the seven locks of my hair together, bound me with green cords, and then shouted, “The Philistines be upon you!”
Okay, I made that up. My wife’s not particularly romantic so I had to come up with something.
2. What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for your spouse?
This year we celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary. To do something special, we went on a cruise to the Bahamas. It was nice to relax and spend time as a couple. No kids, no cell phones, no internet. It was a nice break from everyday life.
3. Where is the most romantic place you and your spouse have ever been?
Each anniversary, I try to surprise her with something different. I usually book a Bed and Breakfast for a long weekend. A cozy cabin is a nice getaway. She doesn’t know where we are going until we get there.
4. Do you and your spouse have a favorite romantic restaurant?
For years, our favorite restaurant was the Inn Clover in Lagrange GA. It’s a long ride but it was a nice place. An old antebellum house was converted into a five star restaurant. Quaint and cozy, it’s the best place we have shared. Sadly, it closed a few years back. Now we try to find similar places and try new things. We have many favorite places, but none has quite filled that spot.
5. Do you and your spouse have a favorite song?
There was an old song with strange lyrics called, ‘I’m Gonna Dance with my Darlin’. Sometimes I sing that song and drag her reluctantly into a dance. She acts like she doesn’t like the silliness, but her face says otherwise.
6. What’s the most romantic present your spouse ever bought for you?
The movie, ‘What About Bob’ and a box of Kleenexes. I laugh. I cry. It moves me.
7. What’s the most romantic present you ever bought your spouse?
One year I made her a nice jewelry box out of exotic wood. I hid it and gave her a gift-wrapped lawn mower part. She looked VERY surprised. After a few seconds of confused examination, I gave her the real present. That may not seem particularly romantic, but humor keeps life in perspective. One year I hid redeemable coupon cards around the house that I had printed. On each one was a favor I thought she would appreciate.
8. Do you and your spouse have a favorite romantic vacation destination?
She doesn’t like visiting the same places each year, so I try to plan surprise destinations. We skipped a few years when our children were nursing, but we try to go somewhere special at least once a year. My wife likes art, so we visit a different city, stay in a bed and breakfast inn, and go to galleries, theater, or historic places.
9. What simple gesture does your spouse do that melts you every time?
Holds my hand. After all these years, I still feel my heart patter when we hold hands.
10. How soon after meeting your spouse did you know he/she was the one?
I was smitten at first sight. It took a while to ease her into the idea, but I knew from the beginning. Commitment made her nervous, so I had to get to know her for a while before the sparks began to ignite.
11. How soon after meeting you did your spouse know you were the one?
It was a few years. We even quit dating for a while. I forced myself to move on. Later I joined the military. While overseas, she began writing and we communicated through mail. Then we started having long conversations over the phone. Sometimes we’d talk for nearly four hours. It was costly, but it was a date, right? When I came home on leave, she was more comfortable in our relationship and then our love began to grow.
About Eddie: Eddie Snipes is president of the Christian Authors Guild (www.christianauthorsguild.org) and founder of Exchanged Life Discipleship (www.exchangedlife.com). He has served as a pastor and interim pastor. Eddie also contributes to several online resources including OnePlace.com. He’s also a member of ACFW and the Atlanta Writers Club.
Over the last two years, Eddie has won five writing contests and in April, his first novel, I Called Him Dancer was released. He has two other books in the process of being published. Watch for an upcoming release called Simple Faith.
Come back May 25th for more of Eddie’s real life romance, plus insight into his fictional characters’ romance.