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Title: Sporting Chance
Author: Alexa Milne
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre/Sub-Genre: M/M Romance
Sometimes keeping hold of love is just as hard as finding it.
Dan and Iestyn are looking for romance. A school trip, a love of history, a wedding, a tango, the game of chess, and their friends and family all help the two men to realize that they’ve finally found true love with each other.
Iestyn thinks that he’s completely ordinary and that Dan is the only out and currently gay rugby player anywhere. Being gay can be difficult enough. Being famous also has its problems. But being gay, famous and a sportsman can make finding love complicated. So when Dan Morgan meets Iestyn Jones and gives him his phone number, their road ahead has more than a few bumps to overcome.
Will Iestyn and Dan overcome the obstacles thrown in their paths? Or will fame destroy their lives as well as their love?
We are here today to talk about Sporting Chance. What can you tell us about it?
Sporting Chance is a modern romance about finding love but also how difficult it can be to keep that love. It’s also about family and friends. The story deals with issues around being a gay sportsperson. At the moment there isn’t one out gay rugby player who is actually playing and that makes me sad.
Can you tell us more about Dan and Iestyn?
Dan is a professional rugby player. He’s a lock forward which means he has to be tall and he is at six foot six inches. He’s a bit of a man mountain. He has a mop of blonde hair which is totally uncontrollable and blue eyes. He also models so he’s easy on the eye. He’s had a tough upbringing which you’ll find out more about in the novel and he has a thing for teachers which is why he gives Iestyn his phone number. Iestyn thinks of himself as being nothing special and is amazed when Dan Morgan asks him out, although he doesn’t know who he is when he first bumps into him. He discovers that Dan isn’t the man he expected him to be and gradually their relationship develops.
Sporting Chance is your first novel. What can you tell us about the experience of writing and publishing it?
Sporting Chance took me nearly three years to write. I was still working then so writing took place early in the morning, after work and during holidays but I had a story to tell and I loved writing about these two men and the people around them. I have to admit that I’m embarrassed now about how little I knew about writing, even though I’d been writing fanfiction for years. I have learnt so much from my editor Faith Bicknell-Brown, who was very understanding of my lack of experience. Editing was hard. I did four nearly ten hour days to get the first round done. Now the book is on general release and I’m terrified and excited in equal measure.
How do you come up with names?
Iestyn was easy as I wanted a Welsh name. I watched How Green was my Valley when young and lots of Welsh names begin with a capital I. Funnily, a friend who read Sporting Chance for me said I’d used a lower case L all the way through and thought the character was called Lestyn – hence the comment in the dedication that the name is pronounced Yest-in. For Dan I wanted a solid short name. Both men have Welsh surnames. For other names I sometimes pick them from people I know or I try and match them to the character. I have to admit Dan’s nan is named after mine and shares many of her characteristics.
What one story made you lose sleep as a kid?
I don’t think there was one story. As a child I read Enid Blyton books by the ton. I moved my bed next to the window in summer and to where the landing light shone through the window at the top of the door in winter. I’d have loved my kindle which lights up in the dark. I still like to read every night before I go to sleep.
What do you keep in your bedside table?
Too much – a lamp, a bottle of water, toiletries, an alarm clock, the remote control for my fan, the phone, a notebook and pen and my kindle.
What do you think is the most rewarding thing about writing M/M versus other genres?
It makes me happy. Writing m/m romance suits me. These are the voices who tell me their stories. I think it’s important to listen because in the past their voices weren’t heard. I hope I’m part of supporting and promoting the view that love is love.
Rapid Fire Time
- Coke or Pepsi? Neither
- Morning or night? Night definitely – so not a morning person
- Love Story or Thriller? Can I have a thrilling love story?
- Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Tossed
- Train or Plane? Neither – if I can’t get to it by car it doesn’t happen
- Vodka or Tequila? Vodka but with lots of lemonade and blue curacao
- Sweet or Sour? Sweet
- Fire or Ice? Ice
What are you working on? What is next?
I’ve another unrelated novella, Rainbow Connection coming out some time around Christmas. I’m just putting the final touches to a story about two older men and I’ve written the linked in novel to Sporting Chance in which the central character is Aron. Currently, I’ve just begun to write another story with a sports related aspect.
About the Author:
Originally from South Wales, Alexa has lived for over thirty years in the North West of England. Now retired, after a long career in teaching, she devotes her time to her obsessions.
Alexa began writing when her favourite character was killed in her favourite show. After producing a lot of fanfiction she ventured into original writing.
She is currently owned by a mad cat and spends her time writing about the men in her head, watching her favourite television programmes and usually crying over her favourite football team.
Alexa Milne has kindly offered a copy of Sporting Chance for 1 lucky commenter
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