'The Vow's' real-life couple's story goes on

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FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Vow was a box office success and became a money-maker its first weekend in movie theaters, and the book soared to the No. 1 spot on the New York Times best seller list.

That was all in February and March.

So what has Farmington couple Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, the true-life twosome who inspired the movie and who are the authors of the book, done lately?

"We've done more than 228 interviews since Feb. 3," the movie's premiere, Kim said. "We've interviewed in 21 different countries and roughly have about 20 more to go."

The list includes Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Japan, Bulgaria, Venezuela, Brazil, Greece, Spain, Mexico, Columbia, Germany, Iran, Egypt, China, Korea, the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden and Canada.

"The movie has been No. 1 in several countries and in the Top 3 thus far in each of the above," he said.

Kim, who works as the San Juan County manager, and Krickitt, a substitute teacher, have spent many of their weekends traveling around the country on motivational speaking tours, promoting their book and promoting marriage.

The latest news is that they are being honored with an international award for the latter.

"You are being honored by an organization called The National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education," publicist Julie Fairchild informed them in an email. "This is a huge honor."

The two other recipients are well-known to readers and audiences who attend talks from The Vow couple.

They are Elizabeth Rail, author of "No Cheating, No Dying, How I saved my marriage," and "The Date Night Challenge Group," both of which promote family values and marriage.

Kim and Krickitt are being recognized July 25 in Baltimore "for your courage and commitment as a couple, and the impact you are having on marriages across the world by being willing to tell your story on a global scale," according to an announcement letter.

Such recognition is meaningful, Kim said, and the two credit their parents and their friends and supporters here at home for having so much success with their story.

"We feel very blessed to have this honor, to reach people throughout the world. Even more important, we feel very blessed to call San Juan County and Farmington our home," he said.

The story line of the movie, inspired by the more accurate true-story book, is based on a car accident the Carpenters suffered in which Krickitt lost all memory of her marriage to Kim, but then the couple fell in love again. Today they remain married with two children.

Although no longer at No. 1, their book remains on the New York Times best seller list.