Winter or summer, I'm a fan. There's something thrilling about the competition. But even more than that, I'm captured by the emotional impact that comes with each country's patriotism and the fun, intriguing and often touching stories of the competitors. For example, I can so relate to the emphasis advertisers and the media are putting on the athletes parents, families and coaches this year.
|Michael Phelps accepting trophy for being most decorated Olympian in history|
|The Fab Five win Gold|
|One Good Man|
Want to know how big a fan I am? I've written fan mail to athletes. (And got a reply from a cross-country skiier--he inspired me because, he, too had asthma) As a teen, I never read TEEN BEAT or followed rock stars--I subscribed to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and had pix of athletes tacked up in my room. Even my very first Intrigue, ONE GOOD MAN, featured a former silver-medalist swimmer (fictional, of course) as my heroine.
Is anyone else out there a fan of the Olympics? What event(s) do you like to watch? Or is there another sporting event that pushes your emotional buttons?
Since I'm feeling nostalgic, I'll offer a copy of one of my backlist titles to a lucky poster. Or, if the winner prefers, I'll send a copy of my brand new release, KANSAS CITY COWBOY.