Friday, October 28, 2011

Winter Sports in Cynthia's Attic!

I was born in Southern Indiana which also happens to be the setting for my series, Cynthia's AtticIndiana is not exactly the home of Hans Brinker, Hans Klammer, or Wayne Gretzky!

Ponds rarely freeze during the winter, and ice skates and hockey sticks weren't high on my Christmas list. So, you're probably asking, "Just how did you fill those cold, rainy, Indiana winters?" With Damon Bailey, Calbert Cheney, Isiah Thomas, Kent Benson, and Steve Alford.

Still not sure? Hint: I'm from INDIANA. We play BASKETBALL! And, when we're not playing, we're watching! I'd love to have a dollar for every Friday and Saturday night I spent screaming my lungs out in a high school gymnasium, cheering on the Panthers. If you haven't experienced Hoosier Hysteria, then you've missed out.

"We've got spirit! Yes we do! We've got spirit. How about YOU?!"

Guess I have another reason for looking back so fondly on those days of hot gyms, buttered popcorn and bleachers full of screaming fans. My dad inspired my love of basketball and all sports. From the time I was about six years-old, he took me to games, home and away, and patiently explained the rules. He also explained how the men in the black and white striped shirts were mean, evil people who blew their whistles and consistently made bad calls on our team.

So, there you have it. My description of Winter Sports. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gearing up for basketball season watching Hoosier (Indiana University) games on TV. My watch list? Potato chips, dip, Diet Coke with Lime and plenty of throat lozenges for all the screaming I plan to do at the referees. Here's to you, Dad!

In the meantine, if you want to read a really good story about Indiana basketball and family relationships, you can buy "Ghost Light!"

11-year-old Jake McMillen wants, more than anything in the world, to play varsity basketball for the Panthers, just like his late, Grandpa Max. One big problem. While Jake inherits his grandfather’s love for the game, the McMillen height passes him by.

Not only that, “old people” like his grandmother, keep taking up too much of his precious practice time. He knows she’s sick, but being dragged along to her steamy apartment by his mom, cuts into that afternoon’s pick-up game at the Island basketball court.

After getting totally humiliated during the game by star player, Quinn Parker, Jake gets a ghostly message that changes his outlook toward his grandmother’s illness and inspires him to pursue his dreams.

I'm is the author of the award-winning 'tween fantasy/mystery series, Cynthia’s Attic. My series was inspired by a recurring dream about a mysterious attic. After realizing that the dream took place in the home of her childhood friend, Cynthia, the dreams stopped and the writing began.

I've also co-written the humor-filled, women's lifestyle book, "Women Only Over Fifty (WOOF)," along with published stories, "Ghost Light" and "Christmas With Daisy," A Cynthia's Attic short story.

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