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    Buffie Interviews Mr. Romance 2009 Charles Paz
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  • Published: May 22nd, 2009

charlespaz2Ladies, do I have a surprise for you!!!!  Last month, the Romantic Times Convention was held in Orlando, Florida, and among the activities of the conference was the crowning of the 2009 Mr. Romance.   Today I am so excited to announce that we have the winner of the Mr. Romance contest with us.   Please give Mr. Charles Paz a very warm RNTV welcome.

Charles, thank you so much for joining us today.  I am sure all the ladies are very excited to learn more about you.  First, I must say that I have truly enjoyed getting to know you over the past couple of weeks.   You are a very sweet man with a great sense of humor.   I think your nickname for me has taken hold – Sweet N Low.  LOL!    Now, on to the interview.
Buffie:   Tell us how you became aware of the Mr. Romance contest.

Charles:  Well, I owe all of this to Annette Batista. None of it would be possible without her. She saw my model portfolio on and always believed I had a look for romance covers. The beginning of this year was very hard for me. I couldn’t get out of bed. Days went by without me eating. It was a very low point of my life. She called me and said “Get up, your coming to Tampa. I need you for a project.” And that is when I came to Tampa and shot the centerfold advertisement for the RT Review Magazine. After the shoot was finished, Annette, Patty (the model in the ad) and myself drove to Orlando to meet with some of the organizers of the show to discuss things. I was sitting there listening to them talking about this event and I liked it. It sounded really cool. They invited me to come and I got sponsored by The rest is history.

Buffie:  How did it feel to win Mr. Romance?

Charles:  It truly is an honor to win. I cannot describe the feeling I had when I heard my name announced not once, but twice in the same night. The cover model is awesome, but I also hold the Readers Choice Award in the same level. Making so many people happy and making such a great impression with all those wonderful people is something that I can’t explain.

Buffie:  Have you been surprised at the response you are already receiving from the romance community?

Charles:  It’s definitely a new world to me. Everybody has been really nice to me and I’m going with the flow. The community is awesome. I’m very happy and proud to be part of the “Family”.

Buffie:  Have you ever read a romance novel?

Charles:  I will be very honest. I read more magazines than novels. I was very ignorant to this book world. I didn’t know the difference between a paranormal thriller and a western romance mystery. HAHAHA, but during the week, I would take the time to ask people (authors and readers) what these categories were and explain them to me. I feel one of the best things I got from this convention was the knowledge about books and the different types that they have to offer.

Buffie:  I assume you have been in the modeling business for a little while. Please tell us how you got your start.

charlespaz3Charles:  Well, I did a body building competition back in November 2007. I had a friend at the gym ask me if I got my pictures taken. She said I was in the best shape of my life and needed to document it. She then introduced me to Model Mayhem. I did another show in July 2008 and after that, I had one shoot, which led to another shoot, which led to, well, you get the picture.

Buffie:  Before you started body building, what was your profession?

Charles:  I never thought I would be a model or body builder. I used to work at a pizza place in high school. I even worked at Wal-Mart in my early 20s. I loved the photo lab when I was there.   After Wally World, I worked a few warehouse jobs and ended up at a machine shop doing plastic and fiberglass fabrication. I moved to Jersey but couldn’t make it out there.   When I came home, the old job couldn’t afford to hire me back due to the economy. I’m doing temp agency work now and struggling, but its building my character and making me stronger.

Buffie:  What is one thing we would be surprised to learn about you?

:  There is only one woman who truly has my heart, and that is my niece “Baby Girl”

Buffie:  Can you tell us what kind of uncle you are to her?

:  Baby Girl is my world.  She looks up to me a lot and listens when I tell her stuff.  Her parents even say that she listens to me more than she does them.  I remember times when she would be crying at night and I would come over and make everything better.  I think that’s what makes me so special.  Whenever anything is wrong, Uncle Charles will make it alright :~)

Buffie:   So I guess that means you are not currently in a relationship?

Charles:  Nope. And I still claim single on my taxes. Hahaha.  A lot of people are surprised when I tell them I don’t have a girlfriend.

Buffie:  What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you?

Charles:  One time, this amazing girl took me to the arts theater in San Francisco. It’s a nice outdoor area. Night time. She pulls out her Ipod and tells me “just listen to this song, it reminds me of you”.  She put it on, grabbed my hand, and we slowly danced under the stars. I’m usually the one who does these sort of things. It was nice having it done to me. I was weak in the knees after that moment

Buffie:  What is the most romantic thing you have done for someone else?

Charles:  Oh man, where do I begin? HAHAHA!  There was this one Christmas. The girl I was with at the time got 12 days of Christmas. Each day I would have something delivered to her job. On the last day, I showed up with a necklace from Tiffany’s. It wasn’t the gifts that mattered, it was the thought and time and actual heart that I put into this which made it romantic.

Buffie:   So when you are not modeling, what do you like to do in your spare time?  What’s your hobby?

Charles:  I’d say working out is my favorite hobby.  I am getting more and more into photography so that is also something I enjoy doing.  I love capturing moments in peoples’ lives, especially the happy ones.

Buffie:   Where would you like to see yourself in five years?

Charles:  5 years? hmmm…… I would like to see myself happy and healthy.  I really can’t be specific, but those two things sound about right.

Now it’s time for the speed quick round. These questions only required short and sweet answers.

Last movie you saw?   Kingdom Of Heaven

Last book you read?   It was a magazine, Mens Health

What couldn’t you survive without – your cell phone or your laptop?   Cell phone. Mine has a built in computer 🙂

Favorite snack food?  Peanut M&Ms

Favorite vacation spot?  Marina Dunes in California

Blondes, brunettes, or redheads?  I don’t discriminate. I love all women equally. HAHAHA!  I am a sucker for a Latina though.

Charles, thank you so much for joining us today.  I really appreciate the time you have given to me for this interview.  May your career be long, fruitful, and very satisfying.

26 Responses to “Buffie Interviews Mr. Romance 2009 Charles Paz”

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  1. heidenkind
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 2:04 am

    Lucky lucky Buffy. 🙂

  2. Buffie
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 9:24 am

    Yes, heidenkind, lucky lucky me 😉

  3. PJ
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 9:33 am

    Great interview, Buffie! Coincidentally, I spent yesterday admiring the many different sides of Charles in a new graphic novel, Smooth Irish from Jennifer Saints (a/k/a Jennifer St. Giles). I must say, Charles photographs extremely well! 🙂

  4. Buffie
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 9:50 am

    Yes, PJ, Jenni’s new ebooks are out and Charles plays a prominent role in them 🙂 He is such a sweet guy. I love how much he adores his niece!!

  5. Gannon
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 11:12 am

    Great interview, Buffie! Charles, you sound like an all-around great guy. Any man who has such a connection with his little niece is a winner in my book. Oh, and I also share an affinity for peanut M&M’s. 🙂

  6. Buffie
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 11:16 am

    I’m getting ready to head out of town — hitting the beach this weekend.

    Please keep Charles company for me 🙂 Thanks again Charles!!

    I hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend!

  7. Marisa
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 11:20 am

    thanks Buffie and Charles for a great interview.

  8. Maria Lokken
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 11:29 am

    Charles is in Jenifer Saints’ new graphic novel? Where can we see it?

  9. PJ
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 11:57 am

    Charles is in Jenifer Saints’ new graphic novel? Where can we see it?

    Maria, Smooth Irish and Wild Irishcan be ordered from Charles is in Smooth Irish. Graphic novels are an exciting concept in ebook publishing that I think Marisa is going to be blogging about.

  10. Andrea
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 3:16 pm

    What a great interview, Buffie and Charles! And what beautiful eyes. Wow. Congrats on becoming Mr. Romance 2009, Charles! 🙂

  11. Jessa Slade
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 4:49 pm

    I’ve never been to the RT convention, but I followed all the tweets this year. I have to say, I think I’m inspired to go next year 🙂

  12. Jennifer St. Giles
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 6:08 pm

    Hey main man! LOL Your interview was fantastic! Where are you the ladies are expecting replies! I’ve seen Charles pictures for Smooth Irish and they are hot hot hot. I had an “in” with the author Jennifer Saints. he he. It’s nice to have an alias! Buffy Kudos for bringing a great deal of personality and humanity to an interview of a hunk!

    hugs to you all ladies. Off to find out where Charles has disappeared to…

  13. Charles Paz
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 6:47 pm

    Great Interview Buffie. Hee hee hee…..That Charles is such a wonderfull Guy. LOL Hello Everyone, I hope Im doin this right. Its me, Charles aka Mr.Romance 2009 It was such an honor to do this interview and im happy you guys enjoyed it =) Im also glad you guys are enjoying the books by Jenny. That was very fun to shoot as well Uhm, any questions?

  14. Charles Paz
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 6:49 pm

    Oh, and sorry it took me a while to show up. I was packing for this weekend. Baby Girl has been waiting very long for this Camping trip with her Uncle, so I had to make sure I was all set =)

  15. Jennifer St. Giles
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 7:31 pm

    LOL the uncle is forgiven! I’d forgotten it is Memorial Weekend! Hope you have a great time!

  16. charles paz
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 8:03 pm

    hahaha, i wouldnt have known either. but baby girl reminded me. daily. lol. she loves camping. we will spend all day swiming and then all night makin smores :~) Ill do my best not to get burned while im there. i also have lots of traveling coming up next month, and it has to do with some up coming novels. hmmmmm…. curious anyone?

  17. PJ
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 8:04 pm

    Hi Charles! You sound like a terrific uncle. Hope you and Baby Girl have a wonderful camping trip! Are you tent camping?

    Congrats on being Mr. Romance 2009. What’s involved in being Mr. Romance? Do you have official duties?

    I’ve seen your photos in Jenni’s Smooth Irish. Very nice! I must say, they enhanced my reading pleasure a great deal. 🙂
    How long did it take to do the photo shoot? It looked like you used several different locations.

  18. PJ
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 8:05 pm

    i also have lots of traveling coming up next month, and it has to do with some up coming novels. hmmmmm…. curious anyone?

    I am! Any hints you’d like to drop?

  19. Charles Paz
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 8:43 pm

    Thank you PJ =-) LOL, Im still learnin how to make the Smiley faces on this thing

    My Parents bought a camp site in a place called ‘TMBER TRAILS’. Its pretty cool and the views are great. They have a trailer, which is pretty nice, and a pop up outdoor. Me and the rest of the Kids have to pick straws to see who gets the trailer, who gets the pop-up, and who gets to sleep outside with the Bears. LOL I actually have to go pick up the chocolate, marshmellows and Grahm crackers for the SMORES. Mom forgot them.

  20. Charles Paz
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 8:49 pm

    My Duties as Mr.Romance are that I must remain SEXY! HAHAHA. Honestly, Im very happy to have the Title. So far, all I really know is that I will be attending next years convention. That is a Garuntee, so Jessa Slade, theres Your inspiration =-) I do get a book cover with DORCHESTER PUBLISHINGS, and that kinda ties into my trips for next month. Hee hee hee. Im not sure if I can give out the details, but there is your hint.

    Im also open with working for other Authors and doing work for thier books as well. All you have to do is ask =-) I have alot of shots on my FACEBOOK page. Just do a search of CHARLES PAZ and add me. Mention this interview, or even the RT convention and Ill know who you are. You will be able to see a sample of my modeling shots, PLUS lots of Photos from the convention. You can also see that i am an ordinary person and checkout my other pics as well

  21. Charles Paz
    on May 22nd, 2009
    @ 8:56 pm

    And as far as the traveling, I will be in NYC hopefully around the 17th of June. I have family out there so I will be staying maybe a week. I already have some photoshoots schedualed, and one that I am looking forward to is the Briar College shootout in Long Island. I worked with alot of those guys and they invited me back out there. Im really looking forward to seeing them again

    After that, its straight to Tampa Bay and doing some shoots that involve an Author by the name of Bobbie Smith. I portrayed a character from her new book “RUNAWAY” during the convention and she enjoyed it. RUNAWAY will be coming out in July for all you Bobbie Smith Fans. I will be hooking up with Annette Batista and shooting some character stuff and promote the Book. Not sure exactly all the details, but when I heard of Bobbie requesting me, I didnt have to think twice and made plans for Tampa =-)

  22. Stacy ~
    on May 23rd, 2009
    @ 9:39 am

    Great interview Buffie & Charles 🙂 Anybody that loves kids gets a gold star. Have fun camping. And Charles thank you for sharing your experience at a low point in your life and how things turned around for you. Having good looks doesn’t always mean you’re going to have it easy, but you stuck it out and now look at you. I hope this career turns into something really great for you.

    Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend! I’m off to downtown Chicago today to hang out with a reading friend I’ve never met before who’s in the area. Should be fun.

  23. Charles Paz
    on May 23rd, 2009
    @ 10:47 am

    Thanks Everyone. Im off to the mountains, making a quick stop with BABY GIRL to get more Hershey bars for the SMORES =-) Ill be back hope fully Monday evening and will check back in here for any more questions. Be sure to find me on face book Just search for CHARLES PAZ and mention this interview. I have lots of shots from the RT convention as well as my Modeling stuff and just regular everyday pics. Everyone have a great and safe weekend =-)

  24. Karin
    on May 25th, 2009
    @ 4:30 pm

    Great interview! I hope you have a great time in the mountains with Baby Girl, Charles. It sounds like you have a great, close relationship with her – similar to the one I have with my niece, Tiny. Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us!

  25. Buffie
    on May 26th, 2009
    @ 8:01 am

    Well I’m back from the beach and so glad to see that Charles was able to make it to the blog.

    Charles — I hope you and baby girl had a wonderful weekend together! I think it is so fabulous that you are an involved uncle!!! Sounds like you have a lot going on this summer. Thanks again for taking the time to chat with me and to stop by this blog. Smiles back at you 🙂

  26. Sweetness
    on May 12th, 2010
    @ 8:42 pm

    Ok Charles you had me from Hello but when you talked about your love for your niece and how much she means to you,,, at that point you captured my heart. The 12 days of Christmas is something i would do if i had a man = ( You are such a wonderful man and i wish you all the luck in your search for love and happiness….. Hmmm you mentioned you have a thing for latinas,,,, how about a puerto rican, hawaiian latina????

    Passionate Kisses & Hugs

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