They say to write what you know. I think it’s also important to write what you love. I love baseball and I love romance. I met my husband in 1989 and we’ve had more than our share of romance in the last twenty-five years. Most of it included baseball in some way.
The first movie we saw together was Field of Dreams. He wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but I fell in love with the movie and the guy who bought me popcorn.
We went to several San Francisco Giants games while we were dating. We’d drive over from Reno for the night, get home at two or three in the morning, and go to class the next day. He did go to one game without me, but the third game of the 1989 World Series was cancelled after the earthquake. When he called me, long distance, to let me know he was okay I knew we were getting serious.
After we were married, we didn’t have cable so we listened to a lot of games on the radio. I fell in love with the storytelling that went on between pitches. Throughout the game, the announcers would weave tales of the players in with the action on the field.
We started going to Giants games for our anniversary. We’d get a hotel room in the city, and spend the day at the ballpark. My husband knows he’s the luckiest guy in the world to have to take his wife to a ballgame for their anniversary.
Every year we celebrate the day pitchers and catchers report to spring training. It usually falls around February 14, so it’s a romantic occasion. Some years we even serve hot dogs and garlic fries on the wedding china.
Both our kids were born in the same hospital, in the same room, and they were both born on days the Giants beat the Braves, and Hall Of Fame pitcher, Tom Glavine. Both boys’ first word was “ball.”
We spent eleven years going to Little League games.
From February through June we were at practices or games from one end of the county to another. My husband spent some time as a manager or coach and I was league secretary for three years. Our kids grew up on the diamond. My oldest learned patience and focus and hustle. My youngest learned how to play with boys—that one has been a ladies’ man since preschool.
Baseball has been a big part of our lives, and our love story. So when I started writing romance, it was only a matter of time before I found my niche in sports romance. It’s not the money or the fame that I find the most attractive about ballplayers. It’s the passion, the drive, and the dedication that athletes exhibit. And then there’s the camaraderie, the competition, and the childlike enthusiasm. The six-pack abs don’t hurt, either.
About Kristina Mathews
Kristina lives in Northern California with her husband of more than twenty years, two sons and a black lab. A veteran road tripper, she hopes to one day travel all 3,073 miles of Highway 50 from Sacramento, CA to Ocean City, MD, replace her carpet with hardwood floors and serve as a “Ball Dudette” for the San Francisco Giants.
Kristina’s most recent book, BETTER THAN PERFECT (Book 1, More Than A Game Series), is excerpted here on Evolvedworld.com.
The second book in her More Than A Game Series, WORTH THE TRADE, will be published by Lyrical Press in July, 2014.
You can follow her on Twitter: @KristinaMathews.
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