Please give a warm welcome to Jennifer Seasons, joining us with her new sports romance just in time for baseball season, Playing the Field!
I played a lot of baseball growing up. Some of my earliest memories are of T-ball and getting so scared of running to first base that I started crying. It just seemed so far away, you know?
Then there was the time one of my older brothers chipped my front tooth when we were practicing and I missed his fast pitch. To my credit a small garter snake had just crawled out of the grass in front of me and I was just a tiny bit preoccupied with being freaked out. I’d forgotten there was even a ball headed in my direction.
There was also the time in third grade when I was playing catcher during a game and got rocked so hard by some kid sliding into home that my brain rattled. My kneecap ended up dislocated and I decided right then and there that I wasn’t nearly tough enough to be a catcher. Maybe shortstop? Or clear out in right field?
Over the years I played many positions. Catcher, shortstop, second base—you name it. But, my personal favorite was, and will always be, pitching. I was a pretty mean softball pitcher in my day. It was challenging, rewarding and it kept my kneecap in place.
In my Diamonds and Dugouts series each Rush ballplayer plays a favorite position of mine. In STEALING HOME, Mark is a catcher. PLAYING THE FIELD has JP as shortstop. And in the last book in the series THROWING HEAT, Peter Kowalskin in the team’s ace pitcher. I had a ton of fun writing these characters into positions that I remember so well. Especially Peter. I think my love of pitching really comes through.
Oh, what am I saying? I love them all, and it shows. Hopefully you’ll all agree.