Hey, Jaunties! I have a special guest for you today. Unfortunately, our scheduled guest couldn’t make an appearance, but I managed to persuade my husband, Mr. Galen, to step in. Okay, I sort of cornered him and started asking him questions, but he was a good sport in the end. So, welcome Mr. Galen—the Ultimate Sportsfan himself.

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Shana: Welcome. I think the first question readers will have is what’s it like to be married to a romance author?

USF: I’m not sure what it’s like to be married to all romance authors, but the one I’m married to in particular I would have to describe as determined. I don’t think that there’s anyone who works harder at her craft or who is more dedicated to writing better and better books. I’d also add sacrifice as a way to describe her because there are many hours of lost sleep and long nights toiling at the stories that swirl around in her head.

 Shana: Aww! Thanks. Tell us a bit about you and what you do.

 USF: I’m your average, every day romance hero. Or maybe not exactly. I work for a large safety-net health care organization in the health care administration field. I work with physicians, management, and leadership to try and improve the health care delivery system within our organization. It can be very challenging and rewarding when work that I do impacts patients in a positive way.

As for my secret, double life as a romance hero, I’m a rogue who likes the sporting life. And as much as I would like to take credit for the love scenes in my wife’s books, I’ll leave it up to everyone’s imagination if they are based on real life or not. I have, however, had to turn down opportunities to be on the covers because I didn’t think it would be a good opportunity.

Shana: Readers, if only you could see my eyes rolling since none of that last paragraph is true. USF, do you read your wife’s books? How do you know of these love scenes you speak of?

USF: I have read several of them, but not all, I’m ashamed to say.  As in many of my wife’s books, I feel that opposites attract. My wife is a voracious reader, but I would have to say that my wife’s release is the last novel I read.

Shana: That would be my 2006 release.

USF: No comment.

Shana: Why do I call you USF?

USF: As all romance husbands have cool nicknames, the natural one that came to mind was Ultimate Sportsfan, or USF, because I enjoy sports. I like to watch in person and on television as a hobby.

Shana: Are there any sports you don’t enjoy?

USF: (Long pause) I’ve been asked this question before and had only seen plane racing once and thought I didn’t like it. But then I was flipping through the channels a few months later, caught it again, and decided I do like plane racing. So, no, I’ve never met a sport I didn’t like.

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Shana: Last question. What’s the best thing about having a 4-year-old daughter, Princess Galen?

USF: The best thing is her excitement at learning new things, the unbridled joy that she shows when she’s having fun, and her capacity for loving in the way that only a child can. Plus, she’s the only 4-year-old I know that has a romance bookmark collection and a social media pseudonym. She’s brought great joy to my life, and I’m thankful every day that we have her.

Shana: Thanks for joining us today. I’ll be back tomorrow with a new blog!

46 thoughts on “Bring a Friend (or Husband) Friday with USF

  1. Mary Anne Landers says:

    Thank you, Shana and Ultimate Sports Fan. Though I believe there’s competition for that title!

    This interview reminds me of a man once seen at an RWA convention. He wore a shirt that read, “My wife writes romance novels. And I help with the research.”

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      I’ve seen that guy too, Mary Anne. Is it Carolyn Brown’s husband. I think so. If not, he too has a funny shirt.

  2. Sue G. says:

    What a great sport and a fun interview! You have a lovely family. We are the same way….I love to read and hubby doesn’t. He’d rather play with the latest tech gadget out.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Strange how opposites attract, right Sue?

  3. Vicky Dreiling says:

    I loved this!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Thanks, Vicky 🙂

  4. Nancy S. Goodman says:

    I love the fact that USF described himself as a rogue! What could be better than that!! Wonderful post

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Yes, he’s quite the rogue, Nancy 🙂

  5. Debbie Oxier says:

    Shane, you didn’t mention if you are a sports fan as well. Football is really big at our house. My youngest daughter married a huge sports fan and their television is usually tuned in to ESPN.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Debbie, opposites attract. I do not like sports. I do admire USF’s passion for them, though. You have to have passions.

  6. Fran Colley says:

    *LOL* Thanks, USF for taking one for the team today! It’s always fun to meet the Muses of my favorite romance authors. And I’m cracking up at “is there any sport you don’t like” and you now don’t have one. Wait, does pairs ice dancing count as a sport to you? (I.e. did you watch the Olympics ice dancing?) I only ask because men get huffy when you remind them that ice skating is a “sport”. But if golf is a sport…and curling is a sport…ice dancing is definitely a sport…

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Fran, he did watch ice dancing–male, female, and pairs–and was very vocal about it too. He knew who he thought deserved the gold. I couldn’t tell you who won, but I’m sure he can.

  7. Mia Marlowe Mia Marlowe says:

    How fun to meet Mr. Galen. About our husbands posing for our covers–my DH always complains the worst part of it is the wax job!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      LOL, Mia! Yes, it’s a hard job, but someone must suffer through it.

    2. RobynDeHart RobynDeHart says:

      LOL! It’s like they all think of the same things. The Professor is always commenting on his cover-model work.

  8. Jennifer Rummel says:

    Fun interview 🙂

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:


  9. Amber Meyers says:

    This is the cutest blog ever. I really think you are the most adorable family!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Thanks, Amber.

  10. Robin Peterman Haseltine says:

    Such a fun blog to read! I love getting to know writers better through their families. Especially when the family members have such great personalities.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      He’s a ham, to be sure.

  11. Connie Kline Fischer says:

    What a great review. It sounds like USF has a wonderful sense of humor and is very proud of his wife. Congratulations on finding one another!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      He did surprise me with some of his comments about me. It was very sweet.

  12. Kristan Higgins says:

    So, at last he speaks! USF, here’s another question for you: do you think the Yankees have a chance at another World Series ring? : )

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      I’ll ask him and get back to you…He’s an Astros fan, though.

    2. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      This from USF: Yes. The commitment they have to spending money, the talent they have
      brought in, the fact this is Jeter’s last season, and the fact that
      A-Rod is suspended may actual help move the focus back to the play on
      the field. Pitching as always will be the key.

  13. catslady says:

    Well he sounds like a sweetheart to me. I don’t think there’s a sport my husband doesn’t like either so kindred spirits. And although I’m not a writer, I am a big reader. He helped raise two daughters so look what you have to look forward to!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      I was really holding on to the plane racing, catslady. I can’t believe he changed his mind.

      1. catslady says:

        To be honest I don’t know what that is but I’m definitely not telling my husband lol.

  14. RobynDeHart RobynDeHart says:

    Hey, USF, I know you! Great interview. I’m thinking perhaps we should all bombard our husbands with a similar interview….

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      I think that’s a great idea. Especially if you’re stuck without a blog at 9 p.m. the night before…

  15. PirateTrisha says:

    Love the interview! My son and I are the the sport nuts in my family, my husband is the geek. It keeps us balanced.
    So, USF cheers for the Astros, how about favorite football team? Texans? Or someone else? And Texas A & M? REALLY. You guys need to come over and tailgate at Tiger Stadium sometime. We’ll show you how it’s done correctly. 😉

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Yep, the Texans is his favorite NFL football team. I went to UT, but USF’s mom went to LSU.

  16. Mary Chen says:

    Thanks for the great interview, Shana and Ultimate Sports Fan. This was the most entertaining article I read today, and I’m very happy to have come upon it. 🙂

    You guys are the prime example of what makes romance so romantic in real life. ^_^

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Glad we brightened your day, Mary!

  17. Vanessa Kelly Vanessa Kelly says:

    That is one handsome family you’ve got there, Shana, and good on USF for stepping into the breech! Not too sure about the plane racing though…

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Vanessa, I didn’t even know plane racing was a thing.

  18. LSUReader says:

    Fun post. Is USF really an Aggie? (If so, welcome to the SEC…and yes, he’ll know what that means.) Your princess is too adorable. Happy weekend, all.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Yes, LSU Reader, he went to A&M. His mom went to LSU, though. I went to UT 🙂

      1. LSUReader says:

        Hook ’em, Shana!

  19. Barbara E. says:

    Wonderful interview Shana! It was fun to meet USF and learn a little about him and living the glamourous life of a romance author’s spouse. 😀

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Yes, it’s a glamorous life, I tell you!

  20. Marcy Shuler says:

    What a sweet interview, Shana. USF is a good sport. 😉 Pun intended. And the pictures are adorable. I like to see family pics from my favorite authors.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      LOL! Good one, Marcy 🙂

  21. Nancy Robards Thompson Nancy Robards Thompson says:

    He’s not only the Ultimate Sports Fan, he’s a great sport! What a fun interview!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      They say necessity is the mother of interviews…

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