Welcome to day 5 of my Summer Bash. Today my special guest is K.T. Bishop and he here to tell us about what he calls Sports Romance. So without further ado, here is K.T.
DEFINING SPORTS ROMANCE
Sports Romance, in my words, is the art of telling love stories with athletic themes.
What better way to write about sports and love stories?
Mainstream Romance novels have quietly become full of the sports-tinged genre in recent years.
Carly Phillips, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Kate Angell, Pamela Britton, Rachel Gibson are the most well-known authors who have turned sports themes into best-selling and critically-acclaimed books.
Britton, best-known for her NASCAR line at Harlequin, encouraged me to pursue this venue two years ago.
“I’ve always thought someone should write about football,” Britton told me. “About the only thing I can say: persistence pays off.”
Carly Phillips, who wrote a well-read, four book Hot Zone series on Sports Agents, also had along words of encouragement.
Angell, who writes on baseball, sent me an autographed copy and echoed Britton’s words.
A sleeper author is Destiny Blaine, whose series on pro football wives at Bookstrand, blew my mind. Whenever I struggled, she was there to lend a helping hand.
“Keep putting your name out there; you’ll make it,’’ Blaine told me last month.
In the words of Diana Ross, “It’s my turn.”
Thanks to Red Rose Publishing and Virtual Romance and Erotic Book Tour, I get an opportunity to ‘’pimp” my works.
Two of my contracted books at RRP-- Picking Cotton and Curling up —perfectly mix sports and romance.
Curling Up, which was recently released at Red Rose, revolves around a Swedish ice skater and American curler.
I have other sports books in the frying pan: the sequel to Picking Cotton and a series involving Italian Basketball. They should be released sometime in 2011.
I’ve added an interracial flavor, which gives my books another dimension.
All of my stories involve an African-American athlete, something that gets ignored in romance novels. The heroines range from white women to Italian and Asians.
I’ll continue to build my empire of Sports Romantic books at Red Rose and http://www.kenibird.blogspot.com/.