A while back I had read a Facebook post from one of my favorite authors that made me a bit envious. To be able to write how write a character firing a gun realistically, she was going to a firing range to learn to shoot a gun.
Now I wasn't envious she was learning to shoot. I was jealous she was taking the chance to learn something new and daring to making her writing better, make her characters be that more alive. I, being a brand new author at the time, was sure I would never get an opportunity like that.
I need to be careful what I wish for.
As I was in planning stage of Breaking the Cycle, I knew I wanted to put Max in a combat sport, one he wouldn't be happy training. Boxing was out. So was pro wrestling. Then it struck me. Mixed martial arts would be perfect. However I knew absolutely nothing about MMA.
I reached out to the owner of the local MMA gym, Hard Drive MMA, and asked him if he would answer a few questions. He graciously agreed. While we were e-mailing back and forth I noticed they had kickboxing classes. I always wanted to try so I asked about those too. Within a couple of weeks Keoni, who I had been e-mailing, wasn't my contact. He was my coach.
Our first practice was on a hot, early summer evening. At that moment I didn’t think I had ever sweat so much in my life. At the end of class, Keoni warned me that the sore muscles wouldn’t fully set in for a day. He was right. But as I moaned the next day I knew one thing for certain. I was hooked.
Being at practice served for me as it did for my favorite author. The information I gained just being around the other fighters was far better than the few questions I asked. I used some of the advice and encouragement in the dialogue of my characters. Hard Drive became the model of the gym in the book and even took on the same way. In the end, Keoni even became the cover model for Breaking the Cycle.
Even though Breaking the Cycle is on the virtual bookshelves, I still get to Hard Drive three to four times a week to practice. It’s probably a good thing. Not only am I getting in great shape, have gained huge amount of confidence and am losing weight – I do have a sequel to write.
Release Date: January 13, 2014
Publisher: Sweet Cravings Publishing (www.sweetcravingspublishing.com)
Genre: Contemporary/Sports/Sweet Romance Novel
Max sacrifices everything to find an answer to Chloe’s illness. But is it enough to save their relationship – and save her?
Max is excited when Chloe, a girl that works for the same gym he does, agrees to go on a date with him. He is disturbed, though, when she becomes violently ill after he kisses her. Max can’t shake how he feels about her. He sacrifices his job and does everything he can to find an answer to her illness. But is it enough to save their relationship – and save her?
Chloe can’t believe Max Thomas, the hottest guy at Roadie’s Gym, wants to go out with her. When their date is a disaster, she thinks she’ll never see him again. She is stunned when he reappears in her life and tries to find the answer behind whatever has made her sick since she was a child. However, will he stick around or abandon her like her father did? Can she trust him enough to let him into her heart?
Max stepped inside the gym. It was deserted. He glanced around. The place was no Roadie’s. There was no perfect, stainless steel trim. There was no state-of-the-art equipment. He scrutinized the cardio machines that were lined three deep along a wall of frosted windows then scanned the weight equipment alongside it. Everything looked like it was in working order.
The rest of the room was lined with vinyl wrestling mats. There were signs indicating locker rooms back in the hallway. A staircase leading to a walkway on the second floor led to a couple offices and a conference room.
Suddenly, its door opened. Max steeled himself as a young, well-built, suit-clad man stepped out and leaned against the metal rail. His slicked–back, black hair made him look like a used car salesman. He smiled down at Max.
“Hey, Jack,” Max greeted coolly.
“What brings you to Hard Drive, Max?”
“I came to talk to you about the job offer you gave me.”
Jack laughed. “How many times did I offer a job to you?”
“At least a dozen times.”
“And how many times have you turned me down?”
“Just as many.”
“Why would I offer it to you again?”
“Because, to quote your own words, ‘I’m the best you could possibly dream of getting’.”
“So, you suddenly got over your hang ups about working here?”
Max took a deep breath and exhaled slowly. “No. I am still vehemently against training your guys to the best of my ability so that you can toss them into an octagon and let them beat the crap out of each other. Seems to make the job pointless, don’t you think?”
“I don’t toss them in there. They fight of their own free will.”
“Is the job available or not?”
“Of course, it is.”
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Tricia Andersen lives in Iowa with her husband, Brian and her three children – her sons, Jake and Jon, and her daughter, Alex. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in English and from Kirkwood Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in Communications Media/Public Relations. Along with writing (which she loves to do), Tricia coaches and participates in track and field, does kickboxing, reads, sews and is involved in many of her children's activities.
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