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    Mr. Romance 2008 – Chris Winters – an Interview by Buffie Johnson
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CHrisWinters2 This month I have big surprise for all you ladies. Instead of just a quick blog about the Hottie of the Month, I figured we would start 2009 off on the right track. So this month, I bring you an interview with Mr. Romance 2008, Chris Winters. I hope you enjoy the interview, because I had a blast doing it. So without further ado, here’s Chris.

Buffie: Chris, thank you so much for being with us. Everyone here at Romance Novel TV is very excited to have you with us today. I must tell you that you have the honor of being our very first interview for the Hottie of the Month blog.

Chris: Thanks! I appreciate it! Anytime! Sorry for being late, I had a few things been going on since I have moved to Los Angeles. So — spank me later! (laughs)

Buffie: Ahem, Chris dear, we can discuss spanking later. In private 🙂 Now, on to the questions. Can you tell us briefly how you became a contestant in the 2008 Mr. Romance contest?

Chris: Well, there was a friend named Lisa Torres who actually introduced me to the whole scene. I did a trailer for Christine Feehan and Circle of Seven Productions was the one who did it. Soon thereafter, I had a whole team of people wanting me to try out for Mr. Romance. That team consisted of the Feehan family, Lisa Torres, Rose and Anthony Germano of A&R Photography, along with Crossing Realms LLC. I am pretty sure I’m leaving out some other names, but it was quite fun and the support was wonderful. I actually lost the first Mr. Romance competition to Jason Santiago, but the next year I was sponsored again by Christine Feehan and Between Your Sheets. Along with that, my old posse, Crossing Realms, A&R photography, and a truck ton of people climbed aboard to support me. They were so glad I won. I gave out so many hugs and kisses before and after the competition. So, I got the “He’s the hugger” name. (laughs)

Buffie: Well, there sure isn’t anything wrong with being known as a hugger. I know I am. How did it feel to win the competition?

Chris: I was, basically, shocked. I didn’t think I was going to win. Actually, I experienced a lot of stress from working so much. You had to mingle, meet so many people, hear about different stories, hang out really late (which is hard for me), and then practice for a show at the end of the week. I signed a bunch of autographs, and gave out lots of hugs and kisses. The hugging part was great. And seeing older friends was super fun!

Buffie: How many romance novel covers have you done so far?

Bookcoverchris Chris: It is quite funny, I have not done any, except for ‘Mistletoe and Ouzo Kisses’ by Debby Allen. It is from The Wild Rose Press. Debby Allen was specific in what she wanted and when I did the cover image, it turned out fabtastic! Wonderful romance at its best! You can find her website at: http://romanceebooksnewsletter.blogspot.com/

Buffie: Can you tell us which books the covers are for?

Chris: Mostly romance novels, however, my wonderful friend, Cindy Holby, aka, Colby Hodge, does some nifty difty science fiction! As far as doing one from the Mr. Romance competition, Dorchester will pick the one they think will be best. Currently since I have moved and went through some personal issues, it’s been hard to get a time to go to New York to shoot.

Buffie: Have you ever read a romance novel before? If so, which one?

Chris: I’ve read Christine Feehans’ Dark Celebration because I wanted to get a feel of the character. This was done AFTER I did the book trailer. Wonderfully, I happen to hit the character dead on! The story was great! Christine is not only a great friend, who also ‘adopted’ me in her family, but she is talented and the sweetest thing in the world! Cindy Holby wrote a book which I researched the character I portrayed in the competition, I was amazed at the story and the way she wrote. In her story, Star Shadows, it had a touch of everything, science fiction, romance, and suspense. I plan on reading Mistletoe and Ouzo Kisses by Debbie Allen. There are a few more I want to read, because the thrill of it all, and not to mention from some fans, they have expressed so many excited feelings in reading one.

Buffie:
Have you been surprised by the response the romance community has given to you?

Chris: Most people who contacted me, I became friends with. I learned a lot from the romance community, in fact, it has changed my life for the better. I learned a few things from both readers and writers. Those things I have incorporated in my life one way of the other. Women, or men, want real lovers. Real partners. Real people who look at them as a human being. Caring, thoughtfulness. A touch or a simple “hello, I was thinking of you…” in a phone conversation. Life and love means friendship forever, not just for a while. It’s hard to keep in touch with everybody, yes, but I try my best whenever possible.

Buffie: Since this is a romance site we just have to ask . . . what is the most romantic thing you have done for someone?

Chris: The most romantic thing I’ve done, so far? I made someone smile and feel like they can be themselves. They told me that, and it was something they have always wanted to experience. That makes me feel proud to enable someone to have that freedom. That in turn, makes me truly happy.

Buffie: Well, that sure sounds darn sweet to me! What is one interesting fact about you that we would be surprised to learn (other than you are a master at computer programming)?

Chris: I am a horrible person when it comes to a schedule. No wait… people at Crossing Realms know that one. Hmmmm, a horrible Texas Hold ‘Em player? Wait… no, Christine can vouch for that one… Hmmm. I would say… sometimes I suffer from internal depression. That, my dear could be shocking! However, I smile to disable that. 😉

Buffie: Even though we have only communicated via email, I have quickly gathered that you have quite a wit about you. Honestly, you had me giggling at my computer late into the night. Have you always been funny? Were you the class clown in school?

ChrisWinters1 Chris: I am -always- a class clown. I am quite funny indeed. Actually, it kind of made some people mad at the competition, because I was called ‘Zoolander’ by one person. They also said, “Why does Mr. Romance have to be so funny?” My response was, as I squinted my eyes and licked my lips in a seductive way, “Women love a man who can make them laugh. Not some boring person who sits there, looking like arm candy with no brains. It is scientifically proven; women love a man; who listens, and talks. Not about him, but in a way that makes a woman, smile… or giggle, the least… little bit.”

Buffie: Chris, you are so right about that! I know that you have done quite a bit of acting, including television and film. If you were able to work with any actor, who would it be and why?

Chris: Keanu Reeves. I will one day. You’ll see. I think he’s a good actor, and I like the way he stayed out of public eye.

Buffie: Chris, I have no doubt you will achieve this goal.Now it’s time for the Speed Round. These questions only required short and sweet answers.

Buffie: Last movie you saw?
Chris: Bolt! LOVED IT! Wait! Let me get my ball!

Buffie: Last book you read?
Chris: The Bible. Psalms.

Buffie: What couldn’t you survive without — your cell phone or your laptop?
Chris: Lappy.

Buffie:Favorite snack food?
Chris:Kit Kat! Oh –Gawd!

Buffie:Favorite vacation spot?
Chris:Home, Xbox 360, with ice cream, and a date!

Buffie:Blondes, brunettes, or redheads?
Chris:Although it doesn’t really, matter, I love a brunette.
Buffie:(And no ladies, I didn’t pay Chris to say brunette. In fact, he didn’t even know that I’m a brunette!)

Buffie: Thanks again for joining us today Chris. I wish you much success in your personal and professional endeavors. And I hope that one day we will meet.

Watch the Circle of Seven Book Trailer Video below of Dark Celebration with Chris Winters.

23 Responses to “Mr. Romance 2008 – Chris Winters – an Interview by Buffie Johnson”

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  1. Marisa
    on Jan 15th, 2009
    @ 6:40 am

    Great interview Buffie!
    Thanks so much Chris for taking the time to tell us a bit about your self.


  2. Andrea
    on Jan 15th, 2009
    @ 8:19 am

    Fantastic interview, Buffie and Chris! What a treat for us. Chris, thanks for letting us get to know you and I wish you the best of success! 😀


  3. katiebabs
    on Jan 15th, 2009
    @ 8:44 am

    What a great, great interview! Thank Chris for the insight on what you do. Can you tell us of any future covers you will be on?


  4. Kati
    on Jan 15th, 2009
    @ 9:18 am

    Hi Chris! Welcome and congrats on the Mr. Romance title! It’s great to get to know you a bit.

    Best of luck in your career!


  5. PJ
    on Jan 15th, 2009
    @ 9:20 am

    Fun interview, Buffie! Congrats, Chris and thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!


  6. LuAnn McLane
    on Jan 15th, 2009
    @ 9:35 am

    I saw the bulletin on MySpace and just had to pop over. Great interview. Buffie and Chris I had the pleasure of meeting you at the RT Convention and you are a class act. Good luck with your career and I’m a huge Keanu fan too. I recented watched Lake House (again). If you get to work with him I will be watching!


  7. Maria Lokken
    on Jan 15th, 2009
    @ 9:52 am

    Chris – love the most romantic thing you did. Personally, if someone can make me smile or laugh – they’re my friend for live.

    I think it is soooo way cool that you are friends with Christine Feehan, I am such a huge fan of hers.

    In addition to your ‘winning’ looks you’ve got a sense of humor, and for me that is definitely what makes a man sexy!


  8. Stacy ~
    on Jan 15th, 2009
    @ 10:14 am

    Fabulous job Buffie 🙂 Chris, great interview. It’s nice to see models for romance covers being such good sports, and for giving the industry a good name. I hope it brings a lot of opportunities your way. Good luck


  9. Gannon
    on Jan 15th, 2009
    @ 10:32 am

    Fantastic interview, Buffie! And thanks so much, Chris, for taking the time to tell us more about yourself. I love the trailer, too!

    I’m with you, Maria. If someone can make me smile or laugh, that’s clinches it for me. Maybe that’s why I picked my hubby, and we’re still going strong after 20 years! 🙂


  10. Maria Lokken
    on Jan 15th, 2009
    @ 11:04 am

    Sorry everyone – we’re experiencing some technical difficulties with the video. It will be back up shortly.


  11. LeeAnn
    on Jan 15th, 2009
    @ 11:41 am

    What a great interview! Great job Buffy and Chris. I have to say that I love the vacation response, but I think it’s because I’m such a homebody.


  12. Buffie
    on Jan 15th, 2009
    @ 12:24 pm

    Thanks ladies! I had so much fun with this and Chris is such a sweetheart!! And boy can he make me smile 🙂


  13. Kathy Savas
    on Jan 15th, 2009
    @ 1:14 pm

    Nice interview. I love a man with looks, smarts and a great sense of humor!

    Brunettes, huh?


  14. cyclops8
    on Jan 15th, 2009
    @ 1:29 pm

    Great interview. Chris, thanks for letting us get to know you.


  15. orannia
    on Jan 15th, 2009
    @ 2:23 pm

    Thank you Buffie & Chris 🙂 Great interview!


  16. Tawny Weber
    on Jan 15th, 2009
    @ 4:38 pm

    What a fun interview! Great job, Buffie, sharing your first hottie and his awesome sense of humor.


  17. pambook
    on Jan 16th, 2009
    @ 12:32 am

    Great interview Chris and Buffie. You have a great sense of humor, Chris, and I love those Kit-Kat bars, too.


  18. Chris Winters
    on Jan 16th, 2009
    @ 2:56 am

    Thank you all. Let me follow up:

    I will be doing a couple of covers soon. Its been a rough and hectic year. Ever since winning Mr. Romance, I have filmed Mountain Mafia, a film in Kentucky, moved my whole life to Los Angeles, suffered family issues, and a few issues on settling. In addition to that, Ive been struggling on getting my ID back because my wallet has been lost, and other stuff like productions. Ive been on a lot of auditions and stuff.

    So hopefully Ill do more this year.

    You can ALWAYS email and say hi as I am a real down to earth guy who WILL give you a hug anywhere and anyplace. you can find me at myspace.com or my website chriswinters.com.

    Thank you!!!


  19. Buffie
    on Jan 16th, 2009
    @ 6:53 am

    Chris, thanks again for allowing me to interview you. It was a blast and a joy!


  20. Hailey Swope
    on Jan 16th, 2009
    @ 3:40 pm

    Chris that was so cool, is there a chance that you might film the book, like in the youtube video on here? That would be cool to watch you act plus I would love to hear from you anytime when your not busy. Anyway that was cool and I enjoyed watching it.


  21. Karin
    on Jan 16th, 2009
    @ 6:46 pm

    That was a great interview! It sounds like you both had a lot of fun doing it. Congratulations on the win, Chris!


  22. Roger Howell
    on Jan 20th, 2009
    @ 1:11 am

    Fantastic book trailer. I started reading Christine Feehan about a year ago with her Ghostwalker books and I am in loe totally with this woman’s writing. Congrats Chris on winning th contest. I can definitely see why you won the contest. Buffie you did a really great interview. One section of the interview really stuck out when I read it. To quote Buffie & Chris here goes:

    Buffie: Have you been surprised by the response the romance community has given to you?

    Chris: Most people who contacted me, I became friends with. I learned a lot from the romance community, in fact, it has changed my life for the better. I learned a few things from both readers and writers. Those things I have incorporated in my life one way of the other. Women, or men, want real lovers. Real partners. Real people who look at them as a human being. Caring, thoughtfulness. A touch or a simple “hello, I was thinking of you…” in a phone conversation. Life and love means friendship forever, not just for a while. It’s hard to keep in touch with everybody, yes, but I try my best whenever possible.

    Thanks so much Chris for saying that. I as a man even though I am gay really am looking for a true partner. No rush deals here for this man.

    Peace


  23. Debby Allen
    on Jan 20th, 2009
    @ 9:47 am

    Chris, I am so proud that you are MY cover model ~ HUGZ ~ x