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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Interview of Cover Model/Actor Chris Perrons

Today it’s my pleasure to present an interview of multi-talented cover model/actor, Chris Perrons! His lifetime careers encompass many avenues; Weapons and Explosives specialist for the Royal Air Force for more than 16 years, stevedore, Microsoft Certified System Engineer, actor, model. Chris holds a Black Belt 2nd Dan Karate, is trained in Tae Kwon Do, and does both English and Western Horseback riding. I had the good fortune to be seated next to Chris at the RT2008 Cover Model Reunion Dinner. We talked about military life (since I was a military wife for 21 years) and being left-handed! He’s a true professional, gracious gentleman!

Where to find information about Chris Perrons:!/profile.php?id=1173175952&ref=ts

Q: You’ve had lots of different career directions. Is there one job you’ve thought about trying but haven’t yet attempted?
A: Actually, I have thought about applying to become a marshal for the FAA. I'd like to have a role in keeping airplanes safe from terrorism.

Q: You had an interest in acting as a child, and continued to pursue this as an adult. What inspired you to become an actor?
A: I've always found it to be very enjoyable and I didn't find the opportunity when I was in the Royal Air Force.

Q: Tell us about some of your acting roles. Do you have a favorite one?
A: I enjoyed several of them for different reasons but the one that stands out for me was as Archie Beaton, in "Brigadoon".

Q: You’ve been to all Romantic Times Booklovers Conventions from 2001-2009. In 2001 and 2002, you were a finalist in RT’s “Mr. Romance” contest. What memories stand out from these conventions?
A: Meeting so many interesting and wonderful people initially and again every time since. It truly is like a huge family. The rehearsals were fun and the appearances for photos, etc., were also very flattering to asked to attend.

Q: Readers, Romance Industry Representatives, and Authors attend RT Conventions. Our impression of the contestants is that they’re fun, easy-going guys, and all get along (and handsome, of course!). Did you find this type of camaraderie or did you ever encounter negative vibes from other contestants?
A: I don't think there was anything negative that I could feel from any of the guys. Mostly, we were all in the same situation, seemingly for the first time, somewhat nervous and didn't want to make fools of ourselves. I feel that we were generally supportive of each other.

Q: For RT2003, you presented a workshop on acting. What one important tip would you give to budding actors/models?
A: Get to know the character that you are portraying completely and become that character. I personally put myself in their position and don't cast my mind back to my own memories or experiences. That seems to work for some actors but I feel that one has to keep it real, "in the moment".

Q: You now live in Florida. What kind of a culture change did you go through?
A: Still going through, over twelve years later. I'm very English and mannerisms are very different. Meeting new people is so nice. The Southern hospitality is very heart-warming.
Discipline on the road is quite an adjustment. The heat and humidity, where I am in East Central Florida, is almost constant. The beaches are beautiful. Also, I had to revert to Imperial measurements, instead of metric. It was like going back in time. I still convert to metric in my head.

Q: What’s next for Chris Perrons?
A: Being that I'm employed at NASA (Kennedy Space Center), I don't know how much longer my job will exist. I'm training to become a home inspector. I've got people overseas telling me about possibilities working with my former RAF colleagues and of course, I audition as much as I can. Who knows what break might occur?

Q: Favorite food?
A: Almost anything but I really enjoy Indian cuisine, as most English do.

Q: Favorite drink?
A: Real English tea.

Q: Where do you consider to be the most romantic place in the world?
A: I'm tempted to say "my place" but that's probably not very PC. I think one of Scotland's castles on the bank of Loch Ness. Urquart, I think it's called.

Q: There are so many romance genres. As a cover model, is there one genre in particular that you’d like to be asked to do?
A: I feel somewhat drawn to the historic but I'm rather open.

Additional Information: Chris is now a US citizen. He appeared in the movie, "Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector" (2006).

CONTEST: Leave a comment for a chance to win two decks of Ellora's Cave/Cerridwen Press cards! I'll choose two winners! Deadline for leaving a comment: midnight ET on 30 September. BE SURE TO PUT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN WITH YOUR COMMENT!


orelukjp0 said...

Chris sounds better than 007. Oh to be 25 years younger. LOL.

Thanks for putting my name in the hat.

SiNn said...

awesome interview have to say he deff is eye candy andto know hes down to earth and likes real english tea I loveee real english tea

please count me in

Historical Writer/Editor said...

Interesting interview! Chris sounds like a great guy. I'll have to take hubs to that place in Scotland. :) -laura

Author Mary C said...

Wow, Chris sounds like a man of many talents. I bet he'd be one seriously sexy Marshall for the FAA.

Kimberley said...

Great interview. It is nice to be able to put some personality to the cover model on your favorite books! Hopefully NASA will keep him employed.

Katalina Leon said...

Purely as a matter of national pride I think we should keep Chris at NASA! (in a kilt...) lol

Venus said...

I agree, the most romantic place in the world is a Scottish castle.
Great interview!

Cris Anson said...

What a background Chris has! Thank you for such a great interview.

Adele Dubois said...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this interview. What an interesting man! Thanks for sharing.


katsrus said...

Great interview. Very multi talented.
Sue B

Sandy said...

Wonderful questions, Marianne.

Chris, you sound like a wonderful person. I hope all goes well for you in any career you try.

Debby said...

Chris sounds like a neat guy. Good luck
debby236 at att dot net

Jennifer Mathis said...

Chris sounds like a great guy and I can so see him in more movies. Dang now I'm going to have to watch the Larry the cable guy movie

Kathy Kulig said...

What an interesting background. I met Chris at an RT conv. through Karen Hudgins, an author friend of his. He's truly a country gentlemen.

Artemis said...

An excellent interview. Now I'm going to have to go back and watch "Larry the Cable Guy, Health Inspector".

Molly Daniels said...

Ooooh, my oldest son's ambition is to work for NASA!

Awesome interview!

Brandlwyne aka Brandy B said...

Wow Chris you are a busy person!!!


heidi330 said...

Chris great interview...I have many covers you are on...I've met you at RT and it was a great time.. We were all in a large group, I think everyone had a very good... thanks so much


Stephanie said...

What a wonderful interview! Thoroughly interesting and fun to read :)

Have a great rest of the week!

jellybelly82158 said...

Chris sounds like a great guy. To bad I am old enought to be his mother.

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