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    Buffie Interviews Andrei Claude
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andrei-1.jpgHello Ladies!  As I mentioned last month, this year I am trying to broaden the Hottie of the Month blog and bring you more than just a pretty face.    Today I would like to introduce you to a man that I am sure you have seen before – Andrei Claude (www.andreiclaude.com).   Be sure to check out Andrei’s website to view his gallery.  OMG, there are some really great pictures there.  Andrei won the title of Mr. Romance in 2005 and since then has appeared on dozens of romance novel covers.   Andrei is model that works in all facets of the industry, not just romance novel covers.   I hope you enjoy the interview.  I know I did 😉

Buffie:
   Andrei, thank you so much for being with us.   Everyone here at Romance Novel TV is very excited to have you with us today.  I do believe that some of us have used your image as our avatar in the past J

Andrei:   Oh it’s an absolute pleasure.  Thanks for having me.

Buffie:
  Can you tell us briefly how you became a contestant in the Mr. Romance contest, and how it felt to win the title of Mr. Romance 2005?

Andrei:  Well, I was introduced to the Mr. Romance contest by my manager who I had just hooked up with a few months earlier.  It’s a great sensation to win a contest, especially when the audience consists of a thousand women screaming! LOL!

Buffie:  Yes, I bet the screaming women do help.   Do you know how many romance novel covers have you done so far?

Andrei:  I would say probably around fifty, between ebooks and print.

Buffie:   Wow, that is quite a bit.  Is there a particular cover that you enjoyed doing or had the most fun with?

taken.JPGAndrei:   It was great fun working on the cover of “Taken and Seduced” by Julia Latham but I enjoy all the work I do, otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it.

Buffie:
   Oh, I just love Julia Latham’s books, and I have seen the cover for that book – oh la la!  Now, I know that you started your modeling career as a fitness model, and in the last couple of years have ventured into fashion modeling.   How does a book cover shoot compare to your other modeling shoots?

Andrei:  Shooting a book cover usually requires taking on a role, such as a knight, cowboy, warrior or whatever.  Fashion is simply about making the attire look its best and fitness revolves entirely around the body. So there is a clear distinction between each.

Buffie:  Can you tell us a funny story from one of your modeling shoots?

Andrei:
   I can’t recall any right now, but it’s always interesting working outdoors.  People who walk or drive by, especially in New York, always pass some kind of comment.

Buffie: 
Have you ever read a romance novel before?

Andrei:  Unfortunately the most I got to was reading extracts so far.

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

andrei_claude_romance_novels.jpgAndrei:   Absolutely, it’s been really great being a part of the romance novel industry.  It’s like having one huge family outside of what you’ve already got.

Buffie:  Since this is a romance site and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, we just have to ask . . . what is the most romantic thing you have done for someone?

Andrei:
  Romantic?!  What’s that about?   LOL . . .  Actually I often enjoy preparing dinner and creating the right atmosphere.

Buffie:  Really?  We ladies love a man that can cook!!  So what is your favorite thing to cook for your sweetheart?

Andrei:  Well my favorite dish varies from time to time, but it will definitely consist of either poultry or red meat accompanied by rice or whole wheat pasta 🙂

Buffie: 
  Mmmm.  Sounds delicious to me!  What is one interesting fact about you that we would be surprised to learn?

Andrei:   Whether it’s interesting or not that’s up to you to decide, but I’m a very, very organized person.

Buffie:   I find that very interesting.   I guess in your line of work, with shoots all over the world, you really need to be organized to have some kind of control over your life.

Before we hit the speed round, I would like for you tell everyone about your blog site.  I know that I have enjoyed commenting on your weekly blogs and have loved seeing the male perspective on several topics.

Andrei:   Well my blog ItsAllAboutRomance is of course about romance.  The main difference is that it’s all from a man’s perspective.  What I write comes from stuff I observe on a daily basis as well as personal experience.

andrei_claude_cover_historical.jpgBuffie:  Now it’s time for the speed round.   These questions only required short and sweet (like me!) answers.

Last movie you saw?

Andrei:  Must have been the last 007.

Buffie:
   Last book you read?

Andrei
:   Ooooh… too long ago! Don’t remember.

Buffie:   What couldn’t you survive without – your cell phone or your laptop?

Andrei:   Laptop

Buffie:
   Favorite snack food?

Andrei:
   fresh fruit

Buffie:   Favorite vacation spot?

Andrei:  Las Vegas

Buffie:
   Blondes, brunettes, or redheads?

Andrei: 
  Doesn’t really matter!

Buffie: 
   Andrei, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us.   I really appreciate your graciousness towards me and all my emails J    It has been a pleasure chatting with you and getting to know the man behind the face.    I hope your career continues to be success and life is full of joy.


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  1. Andrea
    on Feb 12th, 2009
    @ 8:19 am

    What a great interview, Buffie and Andrei!! 😀 And I looooove that cover for TAKEN AND SEDUCED. Wow!


  2. Gannon
    on Feb 12th, 2009
    @ 10:02 am

    Loved the interview! And I agree with Andrea, the TAKEN AND SEDUCED cover is HAWT!!!!


  3. Julia Latham
    on Feb 12th, 2009
    @ 11:15 am

    I, too, enjoyed the interview, Buffie, and I was thrilled that Andrei mentioned the cover for my new book, Taken and Seduced! It really made my jaw drop the first time I saw it, and Andrei was definitely the main reason! I don’t have an excerpt on my website yet, but it will definitely be up the beginning of March. Thanks again!

    Julia
    http://www.julialatham.com


  4. Buffie
    on Feb 12th, 2009
    @ 1:41 pm

    Hey gals! Glad you enjoyed the interview. It was a lot of fun!


  5. Karin
    on Feb 12th, 2009
    @ 1:43 pm

    Definitely enjoyed the interview. I’ve really been enjoying Andrei’s blog and comment over there on occasion. Though I hang out with guys frequently (between being my brother’s DD and my few friends), his observations and comments about romance are really interesting.


  6. Maria Lokken
    on Feb 12th, 2009
    @ 2:08 pm

    A man who likes to cook – now that’s sexy!


  7. orannia
    on Feb 12th, 2009
    @ 2:19 pm

    What a great interview Buffie and Andrei! Thank you so much.

    And I echo the previous comments – the cover of Taken & Seduced is…..very nice 😉


  8. Marisa
    on Feb 12th, 2009
    @ 6:40 pm

    Buffie, once again, you’ve out done yourself, thanks so much for the great interview.

    Andrei – so good to get to know a bit about you and good luck with your acting and modeling career.


  9. Cassondra Murray
    on Feb 12th, 2009
    @ 7:15 pm

    Buffie what a great interview! And my goodness, he’s a pretty one, isn’t he?

    Okay, somebody fan me….a drink….I could use something cool to drink. It’s hot in here. Marisa, do you have the thermostat turned up?


  10. Marisa
    on Feb 12th, 2009
    @ 7:21 pm

    ((( Cassandra in the house!))) Here darling, let me get you something cold to drink, it is a bit warm in here…


  11. Stacy ~
    on Feb 12th, 2009
    @ 7:46 pm

    Wonderful interview Andrei & Buffie 🙂 It was fun seeing what goes on behind those good looks. And yes, a man who can cook is very sexy. Andrei, you’re welcome back anytime *g*


  12. Anna Campbell
    on Feb 13th, 2009
    @ 11:30 am

    Buffie and Andrei, great interview! Buffie, this was fun – I look forward to seeing what else you’ve got planned for us in coming months!