Athletes, by virtue of their self confidence, good looks and firm bodies are one hot commodity – at least for this author! I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write about the athletes I adore, but I wanted a unique twist. And so my HOT ZONE trilogy was born.
But how to write about athletes in a way that’s different? All that came to me was the idea of a bachelor uncle who is forced to raise his three nieces – the first prologue in Hot Stuff – where the girls have little bows on their panties and the poor man hasn’t a clue what to do with them – and from there the girls became publicists in their uncle’s sports agency. Uncle Yank is loosely based on my beloved Grandpa Yank who passed away when I was sixteen. He was a sports addict and enthusiast, a gambler of sorts, and he was never without a small black portable radio with earphones so he wouldn’t miss a game.
My whole family is sports addicted and we're not always on the same side! My mom is a die hard NY Yankee fan. I'm a NY Mets fan. (She insists I couldn't have come from her house, LOL!). My husband was born in New England, hence he's a Boston Red Sox fan, which makes my girls Red Sox and Mets fans. But wait, it gets better. My dad is a NONSPORTS man. (Impossible, you say? I know, I agree!). And my youngest daughter is a Red Sox fan and a Johnny Damon fan ... and she insists she roots for Johnny Damon but not for the NY Yankees. (Is this possible? I doubt it, but I wouldn't argue with her. She's a born negotiator!).
So you can see, things can get awfully complicated around here. Oh and since we're (obviously) New England Patriots fans, we named our new King Charles Cavalier puppy Dylan after Corey Dillon of the Pats ... but Dylan doesn't live with us anymore because my husband had an asthma attack. Dylan went back to her original owner but retained her name. And Buddy, my wheaten terrier named after NO athlete, is so much happier.
But back to athletes. Not everyone loves athletes the way I do – or so I’ve been told. The solution to this of course, is to write a solid relationship story because at the heart of every book I write are characters and relationships. I thought it would be fun to let you in on who I had in mind while writing my HOT Zone heroes. For inspiration, I’ve been known to hang up photos to glance at now and again while writing a story. So without further ado, here are my fantasies:
HOT STUFF’s Brandon Vaughn – Football Hero – OK anyone who knows me understands my serious Alias addiction (now Alias withdrawal). The name Vaughn came from Michael Vartan’s spy character, Michael Vaughn, in Alias. After looking at Michelle’s blog, I realize Tom Brady absolutely fits the bill!
HOT NUMBER’s Damian Fuller – I wrote this story of my baseball hero during Mike Piazza’s last year with the NY METS. I knew it was the last time I’d be watching him in my favorite team’s uniform (let’s call this Mike obsession, now Mike withdrawal – are we sensing a pattern here?) and I posted photos where I could glimpse as I wrote. It is worth noting, however, that my husband played baseball in college and wore # 22, which is where Damian Fuller’s number came from. See? My athlete addiction started early!!!!!
And lastly: HOT ITEM’s Riley Nash – I returned to football heroes for HOT ITEM, but Riley was a man unto himself. I didn’t have anyone particular in mind when writing Riley … so you can use your imagination!
It’s interesting how everyone will pick someone different after reading a story about a character. That’s the beauty of fiction. And when we’re talking about fiction involving sports heroes, there are just too many delicious looking men to choose just one!
So who’s your sports hunk fantasy? I’m dying to know!
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