Little note from Toni: I love Jami! She writes great books and I love this series! Everyone please check it out and enjoy her post below! Her new book Down By Contact is out now! GO GET IT!
Writing Sports Romances for Female Sports Fans
Toni and I met because her books kept popping up on my books’ “Also Bought” lists on Amazon. So I contacted her, and we started a friendship formed from our mutual love of books and sports.
She loves hockey, I love football.
I’ve loved football since I was a little kid and my much older sister took me to high school football games. I grew up in a family of women, but we were all sports fans, even my mom. To this day, I never miss a Seahawk game and am a life-long fan.
When Seattle gets an NHL team, I’ll definitely be a hockey fan. In fact, I’m waiting for the day, which seems to be getting closer and closer with the Seattle arena deal approved a few months ago. I grew up three miles from the Canadian border so I’m no stranger to hockey. Even so, my experience is confined to watching high school games across the border when I was a teenager (because the guys were hot) and a few Seattle Thunderbird games. Someday I’m going to write a spin-off series with a fictional Seattle hockey team. In fact, I wrote a short Christmas romance with an NHL hero.
For the near future, I’ll continue to write my football romance series set in Seattle. Down by Contact, my third book in the Seattle Lumberjacks series, was just released in the past twenty-four hours. Writing sports romance presents special challenges for a writer, especially if the sport plays an integral part in the story, and not just a background prop.
When I wrote my first Lumberjacks book, I needed it to be a book that didn’t insult the intelligence of female fans. I wanted it to be as realistic as a woman who’s never played a down of football can make it. I’d read so many sports romances written by authors who aren’t fans. The players never practice, they never put much thought into the game, and they could be in any other profession and nothing in the story would change.
I didn’t want that for my books because a professional athlete lives and breathes his sport, so my guys needed to be dedicated and driven. On top of that, I wanted my heroines to be fans, too. I did tons of research, including reading a very good book written by an NFL wife. I attended two Football 101 workshops held at the Seahawks training facility on Lake Washington and absorbed everything I could absorb.
Even after all that research, Down by Contact was a challenge for me as a writer. My books include on-the-field scenes. Offensive players are easier to write about because they’re always in the spotlight, but my hero, Zach, is a linebacker—a defensive player. I found it difficult to get into the head of my linebacker as he roamed behind the line waiting for the snap. My solution was to add more locker room scenes, which I think worked pretty well.
Another thing I had to do in this book since it spanned an entire season was to design a game schedule and stick to it. Not as easy as it might sound.
All in all, I’m proud and happy of the result. Have any of you considered writing a sports romance? What sport would you pick? What would be the special challenges for you?
Leave a comment on Toni’s blog, and I’ll give away a copy of Fourth and Goal (Book 1) to a winner picked at random.
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Down by Contact
After twelve years in the league, all Zach Murphy wants is a Super Bowl ring. He’s been about hard hits not smooth manners, about breaking quarterbacks not making small talk at cocktail parties. But now he’s shattered something else. After dumping a tray of drinks on the team owner’s snooty daughter and accidentally feeling up the Governor’s wife, his tenure with his team looks perilously short. And things are getting worse.
Life is looking up for Kelsie Carrington-Richmond. A onetime beauty pageant star and mean girl, she only recently stopped living out of her car. But both those times have passed. Her Finishing School for Real Men has a real shot, and the Seattle Lumberjacks have hired her to polish up their roughest player. Except…it’s Zach. Long ago she broke his heart. He’s just the beast she remembers—gruff, protective—but she’s nothing like the beauty from his past.
Yet, getting knocked down happens, and getting back up makes a contender. And they both have the hearts of champions.
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An advocate of happy endings, Jami Davenport writes sexy romantic comedy, sports hero romances, and equestrian fiction. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare.
Jami works in IT for her day job and is a former high school business teacher and dressage rider. In her spare time, she maintains her small farm and socializes whenever the opportunity presents itself. An avid boater, Jami has spent countless hours in the San Juan Islands, a common setting in her books. In her opinion, it is the most beautiful place on earth.
Hey, Toni, thanks for the flattering words and for allowed me to guest post.
I would write about hockey. And Toni Aleo has convinced me it is possible to do! I’m going to check out your football series too, Jami!
Go for it, Samantha. There’s a bigger and bigger market for sports romances written by authors who actually know the sport. I think it’s going to grow as women make up a larger and larger part of a sports fan bases.
This book sounds awesome!!! I love a good sports related book series!!!
Hi, Ashley, thanks for stopping by!!!
Jami I love your books!!!! Fell in love with Fourth and Goal and Forward Passes! Can’t wait to read Down by Contact. If I wrote about sports romance I think I would hit on every sport if possible. I’m big sports fanatic!!!
Oh, Kyrissa, i’m so thrilled that you love my books! Thanks for dropping by.
Since it’s Easter weekend, I’ll wait until Tuesday night a 9 p.m. PDT to pick a winner. You have until then to leave a comment in order to enter.
I love the sound and cover of this book….thanks for the chance to win a copy!
Wow, I’m looking forward to reading “Down By Contact!” I would probably choose Baseball to write about. I grew up playing softball and I trained with a former Dodger’s player, which had a huge impact on me. Though I love all sports, baseball was the one I shared with my family the most.
Jami – I LOVE ALL OF YOUR BOOKS!!! I was so excited when I finally could download “Down By Contact” last week that I couldn’t put down. They just keep getting better which I don’t know how that is possible because they are all so good. You made me cry and laugh on this one. Just a hint that I would love to read Wade’s story also. I also can not wait for Bruiser’s story! Keep them coming! Thank you to Toni Aleo for posting about Jami’s book. I love all of Toni’s books also and waiting patiently for Blue Lines. Growing up in northern Minnesota both Hockey & Football are dear to my heart. Keep up the great work Ladies.
Cindee, I’m so glad you love my books. Wade will be the beginning of a hockey spinoff set in Seattle. When Seattle is awarded an NHL expansion team, he’ll get sent to Seattle. At least those are my plans. Right now I’m contracted for at least 2 more Lumberjacks books that have to be done this year before I can ever think about a hockey series.
Thank you all for stopping by. I’ve been sick for a week so not too timely about responding.
The winner of the free book is Ashley Lake. Ashley, email me at email@example.com
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