Can you be close friends
with someone you’ve never met? I think so! Jaymee Jacobs is my good friend and
writing buddy. Even though we’ve never met in person, we’ve shared our problems, our
triumphs, and most of all, our love of hockey and hockey stories. My novella, Fresh Air, resulted from a bet I had with Jaymee – as well as the inability of the Canucks to defeat the Penguins.
I initially met Jay on
Blogger, where she was the reigning queen of a serialized fiction group. Her stories
were exciting, realistic, steamy and most of all, literate. I started reading
her stories, and one day I emailed her about some issue on her blog and as
Humphrey Bogart said, it was “the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” Because
we believe our hockey books would appeal to the same readers, we decided to do a
little cross-promotion, and interview each other. Besides, it’s fun to turn the tables and talk about someone else's writing.
book, Play The Man, is the story of
Jenna, who is torn between two men. Both are extremely hot NHL superstars, so it’s not the worst dilemma a girl ever had to face. The book explores the emotional dynamics of a love triangle in a very believable way. If you haven’t read it yet, do check it out.
And now, Jaymee has a new book out: Shots on Net. Although I got to read the first version
during the editing process, I’m currently reading the book again and I have to
say, it’s really different. It’s a romance, yet the characters are completely
believable. They are normal people with dreams and aspirations, who have to struggle to
achieve their goals. Kevin is an attractive and intelligent hockey player, striving to
make his dream of reaching the NHL even when the odds are stacked against him.
Shannon is a character many of us could identify with, she’s a romantic
idealist who is happiest when she’s reading a good book. Shots on Net explores both the romance and realities of being in
your twenties and trying to create a fully-realized life. So without further ado, here's our Q & A session:
Q: Your new
book, Shots on Net, is about the AHL. Have you been to a lot of AHL games, and how do
they differ from NHL games? And how are AHL players different?
A: Believe it or not, but I've
never had the pleasure of going to an AHL game. I can't seem to find anyone to
take the road trip with me to see the farm teams. But I've always been curious
about the AHL and the development of hockey players. There's something special
about a player who grinds it out and works their way up to the NHL. It takes a
lot of dedication, ambition, and practice to make the leap from
juniors/college/the minors, whereas players with pure talent seem to transition
straight into the NHL.
Q: I agree
100% with you on that, players who had a tough road to the NHL seem
to appreciate everything more and work hard every single shift. Shots on Net is also about unfulfilled dreams. Which
would you say is more important: a fulfilling career or a relationship with Mr.
a more fulfilling career. You see, I don't think it's possible to feel
"fulfilled" by a person. A significant other can make you feel
loved, special, and important, but he/she can't make you feel purposeful. That
only comes from pursing your own interests and dreams. I've learned from
personal experience that, while the emotions another person can give you or
make you feel are wonderful, those emotions don't last. The feeling of
accomplishment, however, sticks with you.
important part of the book is the fact that Shannon is a keen reader, and loves
to read romances. Who are your favourite writers? What genres of books do you
like to read?
man. To answer this question succinctly is impossible. Basically, I enjoy most
genres. My favorite stories involve ones with memorable characters who grow and
learn to adapt, and whether that's classic literature, young adult, or chick
lit, then I'll read it. Pride and Prejudice. The Perks of Being a
Wallflower. Good in Bed. Oh, I love Jennifer Weiner. And Jane Austen.
And Dennis Lehane, who does mysteries/psychological thrillers. I'm just a
sucker for a great story.
seem to be a lot of books about hockey players lately. Why do you think that
readers like hockey players as heroes?
A: Hockey players make perfect
heroes. Compared to other high-paid athletes, they are humble and
down-to-earth. I think it all starts with the early morning skates. They learn
from a young age to work hard, and when that's a lesson learned young, it stays
with them as they become adults. That attitude's so attractive!
Plus, they're professional
athletes. They're hot. Masculine. Strong. What's not to like?!
Q: Jay, I
know you’re a Penguins fan, but so far your books have been set in Chicago and
Connecticut. Do you think you’ll write a book set in Pittsburgh?
A: I don't know! I'd love to,
for obvious reasons. I'm familiar with the city, so I can give lots of details
and specifics. The stories that I had written were already set in other cities.
The next one that I start from scratch, though, I think will be set here in
next for your writing? Are you working on a book right now?
A: I am! Readers of my blog will know that I'm working on my third title, Game On, which features Audrey Hunt and Nathan Fox. Audrey's a tenacious, smart woman who's ready to take on the world when she accepts her first post-graduation job as a reporter covering the Columbus Blue Jackets. That's all I'll say about that for now!
If you’re not already familiar with Jay's writing, you have a real treat in store. Check her books out here:
Play the Man
And here’s her blog, where these days she's discussing how a book comes together.