- Book Title: No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys
- Book Series: JOCKS #2
- Author: Wade Kelly
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (December 14, 2015)
- Book Length: 314 pages
- Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Sports
- Posting Date: December 23, 2015
I’m really happy to welcome Wade Kelly to GGR. Wade has come to talk to us about her latest release, No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys AND she has some awesome giveaways! (Standing Ovation)
Wade Kelly: Writing My Life Into Characters
This is stop #8 in the Blog Tour for JOCK 2: No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys.
First I want to thank my readers for following this long tour around the different blogs and reading about how I write what I know into my novels. I write emotion and the common human experience. I write my FLAWS into my characters, as well as the things I like. (Links to the previous blog stops is below)
I’ve been talking about writing what I know, because it is all I know how to talk about. Does that make sense? I haven’t been around in the writing biz all that long. I haven’t written 50 novels or made zillions of dollars. What I know is that these 6 novels I have out, plus one coming out in March and one that was previously published and will be published again soon—which means I’ve written 8—are from my heart. I write from my heart. It’s all I have. My characters mean so much to me because they are parts of me. We’ve already seen in another post how certain characters are parts of my personality. In this post I’m going to talk about the other parts of my life that are in my novels. If you want to know ME, then really all you have to do is read my books. I basically write about myself in all of them.
Did you know I write poetry? Not great poetry, but I write it. The poems in my books are mine! “Missing You” is in When Love is Not Enough. “The Air I Breathe” is in Misplaced Affection. “Sunshine Kisses” is in Sculpting Clay (Which needs to be rewritten—the novel, not the poem.) Since I didn’t include any poetry in Bankers’ Hours, I guess I’m going to have to find a novel to write some into 😉
Jimmy Miller lives on my street in When Love is Not Enough. I don’t name the street, but I use it in my head. Darian lives down the street and I pictured walking to his house when I wrote about Jimmy taking a walk that day he ends up at the pond.
RC Coppola’s birthday in Names Can Never Hurt Me is MY birthday! It is ALSO the day Ellis and Cole get married. I offer a free JOCK 1.5 on All Romance eBooks titled Oh Crap! This Jock’s Getting Married. (Or you can e-mail me for a copy.)
Zach’s wedding day in Misplaced Affection is MY anniversary. (Although Zach doesn’t actually get married. I have been married for 23 years.)
Matt Dixon gets into a car accident in The Cost of Loving. It is EXACTLY how I remember it when I had mine. Every detail I could think of except my daughter was in the back seat of the truck watching the Three Stooges. (She was fine.)
I actually worked all of Nick Jones’ jobs! (He rattles off a list in Names Can Never Hurt Me) The things he does at work, many of the employees I worked with did.
I make more messes than anyone else I know. Ellis in My Roommate’s a Jock? Well, Crap! gets his traits from me. My friend years ago used to wear all those nerdy science T-shirts, although I added the “Particle Physics Gives me a Hadron” shirt because it was funny.
I wear converse All Stars like most of my characters :p
I have the exact combat boots Alonzo wears in No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys. (I will wear them to the Rainbow Book Fair in New York in April, along with a Green Day shirt!)
Most my characters live in Westminster or their parents live in Westminster because I LIVE IN WESTMINSTER! I pretty much give you the grand tour of downtown Westminster when you read Misplaced Affection. I walked those streets when I was thinking about writing it.
Grant in Bankers’ Hours joins the gym where I was a member for a time. Until I realized how much I hate exercise.
Also in Bankers’ Hours, Tristan owns the auto mechanic shop where I take my car.
But, this blog tour is supposed to be about No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys. I went to the McDaniel campus and walked it so I could get familiar with where the buildings were. I haven’t attended classes there, but I think it would be cool if I could.
I’ve also noticed, hindsight being 20/20, that I’ve written characters who mirror my feelings as I write them. It’s odd, and unintentional. I was really happy when I wrote No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys. I think it is a fun book. I was trying to make it whimsical and the cheerleader thing was an attempt to have an issue that was not about Chris being gay. I wanted a character who wasn’t persecuted for being gay.
Bankers’ Hours is also super fun and quirky because I was feeling quirky, I guess. Haha.
Jock 3, which I am writing, is kind of angry. I’m in a different place personally and I think I am working my anger and frustration out through Doug Jones. Poor Doug. I think the story is still fun, but Doug has to work through some stuff.
So anyway… Thank you for stopping by and listening to me ramble again. Remember to post a comment to enter to win. (Details below)
Love and hugs,
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