As an action junkie, I love watching sports. I'm not athletically gifted although I did dabble at swim team and took tennis lessons. However, I've been a primo spectator all my life. Playing clarinet in the marching band ensured me ring-side seats at football games. Being on pep club notched seats at basketball. I've cheered from the stands at everything from car races to tennis matches. While professional football was my first love, NASCAR is my soul mate.
Athletes' training, sacrifice, and determination resonates with me. The speed, the height, the strength, the control they exercise. I love watching the good, the bad and the ugly. So long as the athlete is trying, I'll cheer them on. I enjoy the rush of the nail-biting suspense as the event reaches its critical climax. Then comes the emotional see-saw of the low's and high's of defeat and victory. Naturally, my passion for sports does weave its way throughout my writing.
My heroine Nicole Sterling swam laps to reflect in COURTING DANGER while her great-aunt used skeet shooting to eerie effect. Carling Dent in COURTING DISASTER was a major fan with memorabilia filling her office and sports terms populated her dialogue. Boxing trivia figured in one scene in HER DARK PROTECTOR. However, the biggest thrill as an author was my getting to write a NASCAR novella, CHASING THE TRUTH. The roar of the engines, the blur of cars as they raced around the track. Sigh, a gear-head's idea of heaven on earth. Even as I plot the next book, I've got my eye on skiing for a chase scene.
However, the big sports enchilada is almost upon us: the Olympics. I've been an avid fan all my life of both the summer and winter games and will be glued to the television. There are so many memorable moments over my lifetime. A few of my favs: Carly Patterson's winning of the all-around gold in gymanstics in 2004 despite having back problems and Kerri Strug's performing the vault with an injured ankle. Then there was the wire-to-wire gold medal win in 2008 by the US Women's rowing team. I held my heart in my hand as I screamed them on.
Faster, higher, stronger. Athletes of the world, inspire me. Let the games begin.
What's your favorite Summer Olympics event or moment?
:) Carol Stephenson
Carol Stephenson lives in South Florida with her beloved Shih Tsu Maddie and loves to write compelling, heart-pounding stories. You can learn more about her books or visit her: Website; Facebook; Twitter