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Beneath the Covers,Past
A Romance Column
By Lynda Lukow

By guest columnist, Faith V. Smith

   Lennell Dunbar walked off the stage at the Romantic Times Booklovers convention in 2003 as Mr. Romance-a title he held until 2005. His medieval locks, bedroom eyes and warrior physique have made him a much sought after figure in the romance industry. His friendly personality as well as his always-attentive ear makes him a man that personifies what a romance hero is all about.

Lennell took some time from his busy schedule of cover shoots and singing to give us an insight into the man behind the crown.


Faith: Have you ever read a romance?

Lennell: I've read a partial one.


Faith: What do you do when you are not traveling?

Lennell: I work doing modeling in the LA area as well as spending hours in the studio. I also work as a Journeyman Electrician.


Faith: Do you think that a woman author can write a love scene from a man's point of view?

Lennell: Sure, no problem. Women can write the male pov from their experience with their mates.


Faith: Do you have a favorite time period in history?

Lennell: When Jesus was alive and on earth; seeing him doing his work would be my favorite.


Faith: If you could travel to different times where would you go and why?

Lennell: To Jesus' time period to see how life was then and to experience not working forty hours a week. I would also like to visit medieval times, especially to see the Knights of the Round Table.


Faith: Did winning Mr. Romance 2003 and continuing your title in 2004 meet your expectations?

Lennell: Yes and more! It was a turning point in my life. My music began to attract attention and it opened doors to auditions in California and helped me to get an agent.


Faith: What is your idea of a relaxing day?

Lennell: Waking up leisurely, having a glass of O.J or a cup of tea while watching the ocean and listening to soft music.


Faith: Please tell us a bit about your childhood.

Lennell: I was born in London, England where I lived until I was almost nine. I loved playing in the snow and the rain. I have three brothers and four sisters and I look like my mom. I had two really good parents who taught me right from wrong.


Faith: When and what made you decide to try modeling as a career?

Lennell: I became fascinated with the fashion industry at a young age. I liked the styles and color of the clothes and I used to dream about becoming a model. I studied GQ to see what was in and out in fashion.


Faith: What can we expect from your singing career?

Lennell: I'm hoping my songs will become a #1 hit on the radio. I sing Pop & R&B. and at the moment I am working on six songs for Capital Records.


Faith: Who has influenced you the most in your life:

Lennell: In general living, my dad. He always told me to keep trying and to do my best. Music wise, I love POP, R & B, British POP, POP/rock, Modern Rock, and Pop/punk.


Faith: Where do you see yourself, career wise; ten years down the road?

Lennell: I hope to have had a number one hit song and have made a name for myself in the POP/ R&B Music world.


Faith: Do you believe it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all?

Lennell: I believe we have to love and learn. Then to move on and try better the next time. Everyone wants to be loved.


Faith: I know you finished a cover shoot for Cassie Edwards reissue of "Savage Obsession" this past spring. Can you tell us about any future cover shoots planned?

Lennell: None that I can comment on at this time.


Faith: Did winning your title help your career?

Lennell: 100 percent.


Faith: What turns you off when it comes to the opposite sex?

Lennell: Talking about ex-boyfriends.


Faith: Any tips for women in having a successful relationship and tips for men in maintaining one?

Lennell: Treat your man good. Talk to him and understand him. Show him you love him and keep your man satisfied. Men should do the little things: that women like. Flowers, full body massage but most importantly listen and understand them. Do the extra things that women want to do even if you don't want to.


Faith: Any words of wisdom when it comes to getting your heart's desire?

Lennell: Be true to yourself. Treat people like you want to be treated.


Faith: If you had to describe yourself as an animal which one and why?

Lennell: A lion. They are protective of their surroundings and prepared to defend their territory. They are always on the prowl.


Faith: Lennell, thank you so much for taking the time for this interview. Is there anything you would like to say?

Lennell: I would like to thank you and I appreciate your help in this and other interviews. Readers if interested can check out Lennell Dunbar’s website:

You can also cruise Cassie Edward’s website for past and future books:

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