Nevin Martell, one of the authors in Sucker for Love, The Book, was kind enough to answer a few questions so we could get to know him better.
Which Sucker For Love show where you in? Was this your first storytelling show, or had you performed before, and if so where?
When I was selected as a cast member for the 2010 Sucker For Love production, it marked the first time I had ever gotten onstage to tell a story. Even though I’ve spent my professional life as a writer telling stories on the page, I was more than a little nervous about it. When I went to my first rehearsal, my apprehension only deepened because our coach-director, Stephanie, told me that I needed to ditch my story and tell a different one. It wasn’t because my original story was bad, it was just that I was the only married guy in the group and no one else had positive love stories to tell. Apparently, it was my job to dive on the love grenade and provide a hopeful finale for the show. In the end, it turned out fantastically. I got to tell the story of falling in love with my wife, who was front row for the Valentine’s Day show. Surprising her with that story was my Valentine’s Day gift to her that year, and she loved it.
How did it feel to revisit your story for this book? Did you have any challenges taking your story from the stage to the page?
Honestly, it wasn’t too hard to make the transition. I had to take out a few moments – mostly those that relied on visual cues or audience participation – but I also expanded the story in some parts to add further depth and color.
Have your views on love, romance, or relationships changed since you first told this story?
Not really. I’m still in love with love, only more so.
If you were going to send a Valentine’s Day card to SpeakeasyDC, what would it say?
Can’t wait for our next rendezvous!
All my love,
PS – Please don’t tell my wife that I sent you this card.
What’s your best piece of romantic advice?
Recently, my wife and I celebrated our the birth of our first child — Zephyr — so I’ve been thinking a lot about the advice that I want to give him. I remember that when my father gave me the birds and the bees talk, it was the most unbearable, cringe-worthy 15 minutes of my life. So I’ve been keeping a lighthearted list of rules that I think would be helpful to my son when he grows older and begins dating, or anyone that is navigating love in the modern age.
- Never use Nair as a lubricant.
- Try anything thrice.
- Always lock the door.
- Don’t post pictures online when you’re intoxicated.
- Never have an affair with a memoirist.
- Unmarried bridesmaids are oftentimes vulnerable, drunk, and hopeful. Just sayin’.
- Always pay for the first three dates. After that you can discuss what arrangement makes everyone most comfortable.
- If you’re confused, Baby or Honey will suffice. It’s a lot better than saying Jennifer when you’re with Jessica.
- Always check the expiration date.
- Being polite will get you a lot farther than you might think.
Writer Nevin Martell’s work regularly appears in the Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, Washingtonian, Washington City Paper, and many other publications. He is the author of several books, including the small press smash Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip and The Founding Farmers Cookbook: 100 Recipes for True Food + Drink. Find him online at nevinmartell.com or on Twitter @nevinmartell.