Today H&H welcomes author Julie Cross. Julie's Letters to Nowhere is the story of a budding gymnast who moves in with her coach for training—and her coach's extremely attractive son. Jule talks today about blending sorts and romance in a perfect combination. Thanks, Julie!
First off, I have to say that I love, love, LOVE when romance and sports come together in that chocolate and peanut butter kind of way. I love it in movies like For the Love of the Game with Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston, and don’t even get me started on The Cutting Edge—my ultimate guilty pleasure movie—and I love sports-infused romance in YA, NA, and adult fiction novels. Because of my love for this romance + sports hook-up, I tend to read any sports-themed YA or NA that I can get my hands on, therefore, for the sake of this post and establishing audience credibility, I’m going to call myself a “scientific” expert on the subject. That’s right, I graduated with a degree in the statistical analysis of bats, rackets, and balls (pun intended) and their appearance in romantic fiction.
I’ve collected stats and analyzed data from the past few publishing seasons where NA and mature YA novels are dominating the playing field, and the conclusion is that there are two main paths authors often take in writing a sports-themed love story.