Have you ever heard that authors should write what they know? Today’s guest Lisa Pietsch writes about military police, spies and all sorts of intrigue. An eight year veteran of the US Air Force, Lisa knows where of she speaks. (She’s got some fantastic ghost stories over on my MySpace blog–July 7th–if you want to be freaked out a little.)

I only met Lisa recently via Twitter and she’s proven herself to be an author who is there to help others, who has pushed and prodded me the way I needed while at the same time has been completely supportive. Including her volunteering to pitch in and be my guest today.

Help me welcome Lisa Pietsch


*Warning: This blog uses generalities some men may find offensive. Get over it.

Have you ever noticed the really interesting men are the guys who used to be geeks in high school? Okay, maybe it is just me but I think there are a lot of other geek lovers out there. Let’s consider the attributes of the guys that often fall into the “geek” category:

Sense of Humor

I’ve always loved guys with a sense of humor that is somewhat off. Not just a naughty sense of humor, which I most definitely have, but a dry wit that finds humor everywhere. Guys like that like to laugh. They don’t take themselves so seriously that they hold back whenever somebody says something silly. They jump on it with a hearty laugh and a twinkle in their eyes. That joy de vivre is very attractive when you’re considering spending the rest of your life with one person.


I like smart guys. I’m intelligent and well read and I like knowing my partner can keep up with the conversation. I like a man I can go toe-to-toe with in a debate and occasionally lose to. I like a guy who can challenge me to learn something new. The fastest way into a woman’s pants is through her mind. Turn her on there and you’re in!


This is my Catch-22. I love a guy with imagination. The up side is they can be very creative lovers. The down side is these guys almost always end up being gamers. Yes, those guys that played Dungeons & Dragons in high school can be quite the catch. The problem is, they will continue to play well into their old age and, when you get domestic that can mean he’s too busy creating a character for the new Star Wars role playing game to mow the lawn.


The guys we called geeks in high school grow up to be really nice guys. They may have a small circle of friends but they are fiercely loyal to them. If you’re lucky enough to be accepted into that circle, you’ll find yourself surrounded by loyal friends who will do pretty much anything for you.

My first novel, The Path to Freedom, includes a team of really amazing guys. I don’t use a lot of words to describe their looks but depend mainly on their characters shining through in conversation. They’ve all been described as sexy but the funny thing is – they’re all geeks.

  • Jason is terrible with women but he can be silly and make us laugh.
  • Brian is very intelligent but cursed with good looks that attract women who just aren’t bright.
  • Chris is a self-proclaimed geek but his intelligence and creativity are what helped him to morph into a very attractive guy.
  • Will is unfailingly loyal to his country and his team.
  • Vince is the kind of guy who used to play D&D as a kid just so he could go to interesting places in his imagination. Now he’s an intelligent, loyal, leader of men (and a woman).

Most heroes in romances are tall, buff and stunning to look at (at least on the cover) but if you look a little more deeply, you just might see the inner geek. In fact, if you look very closely, you may just find that the hero you fell in love with in the last book you read was actually quite a geek – but that is what made him most attractive.

Email me at LMPietsch@gmail.com and tell me about your favorite geek. I’ll send you a copy of my book, The Path to Freedom, which includes several of mine.

Lisa Pietsch is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force Security Forces where she met her husband of ten years. They live in Colorado and have two small boys and two big dogs. Once a month, Lisa cooks for and caters to her husband’s Star Wars role playing group. After ten years of marriage, her husband still makes her laugh. You can find her online at www.LisaPietsch.com, http://twitter.com/LisaPietsch, http://www.facebook.com/lisa.pietsch, and http://www.myspace.com/lisampietsch.

The Path to Freedom

Sarah Stevens is a washed-up military cop whose life is a shambles until she is offered a position on an inter-agency anti-terrorism task force by the CIA. The thirty-year-old, overweight, down-on-her-luck Stevens goes to a secret training camp where she is transformed into a sexy and deadly agent whose mission is to find and stop, by any means possible, the financiers of terrorism against the United States and its allies. Although she goes into it thinking that it is just a job, Sarah soon discovers that this is a new life loaded with adventure, including the handsome Vince Hennessee, her team leader, and unimaginable danger in the form of Hassan, the man she has to destroy.

Available at www.SapphireBluePublishing.com.


Having married my own personal geek whom I affectionately refer to as Gizmo Guy, you’re preaching to the choir, Lisa. I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one who has to battle Darth Vader in order to get the lawn cut.

There isn’t a contest as such today, but you’ll all be winners if you read Lisa’s post carefully and follow her instructions. How great is she?

Lisa Pietsch Knows Why Women Love Geeks

23 thoughts on “Lisa Pietsch Knows Why Women Love Geeks

  • July 25, 2009 at 4:24 am


    My favourite geeks are Leonard and Sheldon from tv's The Big Bang Theory. OMG if you haven't watched that show you're missing out. It's hilarious. And I love Marshall from How I Met Your Mother–the sweetest geek 🙂

  • July 25, 2009 at 4:25 am

    Long live the geeks. I married my DH, not because he was an uber buff SEAL, but because he cried at The Little Mermaid. Mark that man sold!

    Great post. Lisa, great getting to know more about you and your work.

  • July 25, 2009 at 4:36 am

    We have a joke in our house — no one will play us trivia games because we can tell you how many hairs are on Chewbacca. Geeks definitely have their appeal!

  • July 25, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Lisa, you're preaching to the choir 😉 I've got my own geek 🙂 Yay for geeks!

    –Fedora (posting from her hubby's account)

  • July 25, 2009 at 6:05 am

    My favorite geek IRL is my hubby, although he's the handyman kinda geek instead of techno. That man can do anything with his hands.

    What's not to love? 😉

    I also find I like to write geeks.

  • July 25, 2009 at 6:08 am

    A handyman geek, Viv? Oh, man am I jealous. Mine is GREAT with computers – a technowhiz which, don't get me wrong, is a blessing. But ask him about a clogged sink or a dead lightbulb and he runs in the other direction. SRSLY! (Would you mind sending your DH over to Ontario for a couple days?)

  • July 25, 2009 at 6:13 am

    I keep telling him he should hire out to do all the little things other guys hate to do. Plus he trains -us- while he's at it.

    When we built a house he taught me how to use the chainsaw. Hmmm powertools….

  • July 25, 2009 at 8:05 am

    LOL I like JK's choice too. They are funny. Thanks for the visit….

    I don't have any gamers in my life right now except my son…. someday I hope he will leave his room and go find a nice girl. In the meantime maybe I should get some twitter friends to friend him on xbox 360 and pull him out of his shell. LOL

  • July 25, 2009 at 8:54 am

    You have just described my husband. Actually, guess where he is RIGHT NOW???
    Yup, playing D&D at a friends house!! Now, to be fair, I actually do play now as well. *grin*

  • July 25, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Haha, interesting comments. My hubby is no geek…he's a remnant from the flower power days. Give him some Bob Dylan music and a joint and he's happy…lol!!!

    My favourite geek is Daniel from Stargate…he is sooooo cute!!!


  • July 25, 2009 at 11:00 am

    J.K. I LOVE The Big Bang Theory!

    Liane, a SEAL with a soft spot, YUMMY!

    Heather, yes, they do!

    Fedora, thanks for chiming in, sister!

    Viv, a handy man is good to have around 😉 BTW power tools are for women too!

    Hockey Vampiress, don't worry. Your little geek will blossom. Perhaps later than sooner but, as I've mentioned above, that can be a good thing.

    Natasha, you may have found the secret to a long marriage!

    Valerie, I have to agree. Daniel is very attractive in his way 🙂

    Thanks for the comments, ladies, and thanks for having me, Leah!
    This was great fun!

  • July 25, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I don't have a husband or boyfriend so i can't say that i have my own geek Damn 🙁 but i will probably end up with one because i don't deal with gamers. I hope i never have to but you never know.

  • July 25, 2009 at 11:18 am

    >>*Warning: This blog uses generalities some men may find offensive. Get over it.

    Lisa, you gained a fan with your first line! I love it!

  • July 25, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks, Sue! I've never been accused of being politically correct – ever.
    I see you're also an Arabian lover 🙂

  • July 25, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Two of my sons are geeks, and my third son's best friend is an uber geek. But ask them for something simple like "did anyone call today?" and I get the big blank stare, and I don't think so. But I love 'em anyway.

  • July 25, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I'm a geek. Now that I'm married to one, I can … well, be geeky.

    No need to enter me today, Leah. Long story. I'll tell ya when I get home late this week.

  • July 25, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    PS — Leah, the Tour Manager is a computer geek AND a handyman. Now you know why I call him the Tour Manager!

  • July 25, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    I don't think we can survive without geeks. I know I would be helpless without them.

  • July 25, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Good luck with your book, Lisa. Sounds like you have some great fodder for your fiction in real life.

  • July 25, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    nice ty for stopping by i dunno i have to say lenard off of the big bang theory and his friend r pretty funny i like them

  • July 25, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Very good subject..lol
    I'd have to say my favorite geek is MacGyver. Yeah he was cute, but had to have major brains to come up with all those jerry rigs..
    Always wished I could have found a real life one who didn't mind that I didn't fit into the role of typical female.
    Thanks for sharing your time with us.
    ioki_jo at hotmail dot com

  • July 26, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Oh always loved MacGyver. I also like the Mentalist. Loved the list.

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