Happy Wednesday! Please join me in welcoming author Erin Lindsey Maurer to What to Read Wednesday. She’s sharing an interesting post about writing, baseball and her latest release LINE DRIVE…find out how they all tie in together. Afterward, don’t forget to enter her wonderful giveaway!
I have always known I wanted to write. I remember being a second grader, making up stories to read to my brother as I forced him to play “school.” The funny thing is, for the longest time, I convinced myself that I could not write a book. I have written countless treatments and opening paragraphs, never to get much further than a few pages.
When I thought up the Philadelphia Liberty series, somehow the floodgates opened up and it became so much easier. But there have been a lot of changes along the way. In my original draft, it was barely long enough to be a novella, and the Liberty was a hockey team. Once, I realized I wanted to write about baseball, well Line Drive was born.
Creating a baseball team just felt natural. I’ve been a long-time fan of sports romances. I gobble up anything Nikki Worrell, Jami Davenport and Toni Aleo write. There’s something about unlocking the jock stereotype, to reveal the sensitive, passionate man underneath. Believe me, to devote your life to a sport and make room in your heart for love, requires a ton of passion. I knew I wanted to be a sports romance writer.
Writing about hockey just felt a little off, but making the jump to baseball was simple. I grew up on the sport, cut my teeth watching the boys of summer take the field. I spent weekends at Little League games, watching my brother play or my dad behind the plate. Baseball has always felt like home to me.
Deciding to write about the minor leagues was a little bit more of a stretch. For me, its what made sense. From the moment I put pen to paper, I knew that Mattie was going to be a complicated hero. I knew his sense of duty was going to pull him in multiple directions. His love of baseball was a driving force in his life, but its not the only force in his life.
His complicated character was what made me realize that he needed to play for the minors. Those guys don’t make the millions we see in the majors. Many of them have second jobs, careers, and obligations. But, that’s not the only reason the Liberty had to be a minor league team.
Just as long as I’ve been cheering on my beloved Philadelphia Phillies, I have loved visiting the minor league teams. For me, the feeling at the minors is just a little bit different. The stadiums are definitely always filled with families. I’ve always noticed more interaction with fans in the minor league parks. Though many of them have their sights set on the big time, in the minors you are sure to find guys who play just for the love of the game.
For me, that’s worth writing about.
Mattie Duvall is just starting to rediscover his dreams. Signing with the minor league Philadelphia Liberty gives him a second shot at playing professional baseball. What he didn’t expect was to fall for the cider-haired pixie haunting his dreams. Ashlynn Davis isn’t looking for love. She’s busy chasing down her own big dream: finding a way to use her cooking skills to give back to Philadelphia’s less fortunate. The two cannot deny their mutual attraction, or that they’re heading rapidly towards that four letter word they thought they’d never say: LOVE. When secrets from Mattie’s past bubble to the surface, Ashlynn begins to question her position in his life. Can the two put the past behind them in time to race toward a future together? Or is love destined to play second fiddle to big dreams and even bigger secrets?
Erin Lindsey Maurer grew up surrounded by stories. She made up stories about well everything and often got caught reading under her covers with a flashlight. Today, she is still cooking up tales, with a spicier spin. Line Drive is the first title in her Philadelphia Liberty series, celebrating the boys of baseball and the women they love.
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