Keri Mikulski is here today with a guest post courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for her book, Stealing Bases. Thank you for being here today, Keri! You can follow along with the tour here, or by clicking through the banner. Enjoy!
How did your history with playing sports affect your writing about them?
Thanks so much, Corrine!
Writing Sporty Books from an Insider’s Perspective
Every page, every sentence, and every word of my sporty novels are affected by my athletic history. From teammates to game scenes to sensory details, it’s all pulled from my past.
Since I’m officially a ‘has been’ I can’t play sports like I used to. Today, my life gets in the way and I can’t play everyday. But when I sit down to write a new novel or even revise a scene, I see, hear, smell, touch, and taste the sport again. Instantly, I’m back on the mound, field, or court playing like I used to. The opportunity to play again through my writing is definitely the best perk of writing sporty fiction.
1. Teammates – After participating in athletics for many years, I have a ton of teammates and athletes to pull from. While I’m developing my characters, I usually add one unique characteristic of an ex-teammate or player I coached and embellish the rest. I also love to add tiny shout-outs to my teammates. Like in Stealing Bases, Coach Kate is named after a teammate and friend, Kate Ormsby.
2. Sporty Scenes – Most of the time, I’ve played the sport I’m writing about; therefore, my novels don’t require a bunch of specific background research for my sporty scenes. I use my previous knowledge from my playing and/or coaching days. However, I always rely on at least one beta-reader and/or expert on hand to double check the book before I send it to my editor.
3. When Research is Required – What could be better? I can continue to play co-ed soccer competitively and call it research. Gym membership - research. Watching ESPN obsessively– research. The tennis lessons I’m just signed up for – research.
The opportunity to write sporty fiction for girls is a dream come true for me. I feel truly blessed and I’m so thankful to continue doing what I love.
Thanks bunches for having me today.
You are more than welcome! Thank you for being here today, Keri! I loved this insider's look into the making of your sporty books. =)
Keri Mikulski is the author of Head Games (Penguin/Razorbill, 2011), Stealing Bases (Penguin/Razorbill, 2011), and Making Waves (Penguin/Razorbill, 2012). A three-sport athlete in high school, Keri worked as a magazine columnist, personal trainer, lifeguard, registered nurse, middle school teacher, and high school coach. Currently, she teaches college writing courses at Rowan University and Stockton College while working toward a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. Keri splits her time between the New Jersey suburbs and the shore with her husband and daughter. Find out more at http://www.kerimikulski.com.
Reformed mean girl Kylie Collins desperately wants to put the craziness of basketball season behind her. (And with it, her cheater ex, Zachary Murphy.) Maybe she'll finally be able to silence her snarky streak and concentrate on her lifelong dream - being recruited for Division One softball.
But when Kylie arrives at her first softball practice of the season, she comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare: Amber McDonald, the best pitcher in the state.
Now, Kylie's forced to warm the bench as Amber wows crowds again and again. With all the drama happening out on the softball diamond, Kylie finds herself drawn back to bad habits-sabotaging people and hanging out with a certain Zachary Murphy. . .
Synopsis taken from goodreads.