I love sports and I love writing about athletes. In ANNOUNCING TROUBLE both main characters are into baseball. Garrett hopes to play professionally and Josie is the daughter of a ballplayer and grew up around the game. When I write sports story I often get the question, “Were you an athlete, Amy?”
To which I answer, “Only in my dreams.”
However, I did have some spectacular athletic moments in my life. So today I proudly bring you:
MY TOP 5 SPORTS MOMENTS
- HULA HOOP CHAMPION OF THE WORLD
You didn’t know Hula Hoop was a sport? OK, so maybe I’m stretching, but as a kid I could twirl a mean Hula Hoop. I was State runner-up and even got this feature in the local paper, showing off my mad skills.
- HIKING THE GRAND CANYON WHILE WHINING
Some people can only do one thing at a time. Not me. 🙂
This is a picture of me and my best friend, Mary, hiking part of the Grand Canyon when we wer in high school. She’s pretending to be a tree. I’m showing off my athletic prowess.
- RUNNING FOR CHOCOLATE
People have all kinds of wonderful reasons for running. So do I. Chocolate.
This is what you get at the finish line of the Hot Chocolate Race. Banana with fudge to dip. Cookies to dip. Marshmallow to dip. Candy cane to dip. And of course, hot chocolate. I ran a 15K that day, 9 miles, and though I didn’t win, I did finish every bite.
- HIKING TO HEAVEN
This was a moment I’m very proud of and very hopeful that I’ll never have again.
This was 2017 and I did the Imogene Pass Race–a 17 mile hike from Ouray, Colorado, over a 13,000 mountain peak and down to Telluride, Colorado. It’s epic and spectacular and the hardest thing I’ve ever done. My goal was to finish in under 5 hours.
My time? 4:59:07. (Note: I’m smiling because they had M & M s at the top.)
In honor of ANNOUNCING TROUBLE it’s only fair that I show off a little baseball expertise. I’m really not good with ball sports. I was hit in the mouth with a softball when I was a kid and I’ve been afraid of the ball ever since. But, I was happy to take backstop duty on this particular day. That’s my son, Kyle, showing off the technique that would carry him through a lot of years playing baseball, right through college. And me, well, I was always backing him up after that, but I did it from the bleachers.
Check out Amy’s new release Announcing Trouble!
I may know everything there is to know about baseball, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Or like him. Garrett Reeves: sidelined player and the embodiment of everything I’ve learned to hate about baseball. He’s gorgeous, he’s cocky, he’s laser-focused on getting back in the game, no matter the cost.
When he convinces me to call games alongside him, our chemistry heats up the booth. We’re good together, whether I want to admit it or not. I’m finding that I like baseball again, but even worse, I’m liking Garrett. A lot.
But when he has to decide between our future and a new shot at his dreams, I know baseball will win out every time.
Amy Fellner Dominy is the award-winning author of books for teens, tweens and toddlers. An MFA playwright, Amy’s novels include The Fall of Grace; Die for You; A Matter of Heart; Audition & Subtraction; OyMG and the picture books series, Cookiesaurus Rex. Amy was recognized in 2017 by the Arizona Library Association with the Judy Goddard Award. Her novels have been recognized as Bank Street College of Education Best Book Selections, and OyMG is a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. Amy lives in Phoenix with her husband and a puppy who is training them. To learn more, visit www.amydominy.com or find her on Facebook at amyfellnerdominyauthor and Instagram at @amydominy.
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