Tomorrow, I’m jumping on Dreamspinner’s Twitter to talk some more about Home Team. And then that’s it for this book. On to the next one.

Thank you to everyone who bought it, read it, and passed it on with a reblog or a retweet. I could keep talking about this book, but that would start to get boring for me, as well as for you.

The writing is my favourite part of writing. There is an oft-repeated maxim that ideas are easy, writing is hard. If writing is easy, marketing is hard. Marketing is putting yourself and your book out there and hoping someone looks up and takes notice. Marketing makes me want to run back to writing.

I hope I get better each time around, learning what works and what doesn’t. My ask box is always open, if you want to tell me why you decided to buy this book last week. I hope I can convince you to do the same, when the next one comes around.

WILLEY: Well, at first, we were almost misguided in our own rules when we opened this, between Dave and I—that’s Dave Arnold, who does all the science stuff, and we wanted to play up that aspect of it. We thought that was going to be our drive, advanced cocktails and a real showcase for new techniques, and almost immediately, we realized how mistaken we were with that, and how even more important than that was just to be a bar. Which turned out to be the best possible result. You get to be cozy and loud and hang out, and it’s really casual. We turned out to be more of a neighborhood bar than I ever thought it would.

Fooding and Drinking with Tristan Willey – Page – Interview Magazine

Because at the heart of it we all love a neighborhood bar.

HOME TEAM: Extra! Extra! | Dreamspinner Press Blog | M-M Romance

HOME TEAM: Extra! Extra! | Dreamspinner Press Blog | M-M Romance

Since the release of the film, the subtitle “Electric Boogaloo”, a reference to a funk-oriented dance style of the same name, has been used to refer to sequels pejoratively. The usual connotation suggests a sequel that is ridiculous, absurd, unwanted, unnecessary, formulaic, or obscure.

Wikipedia: Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo

There’s so much more academic work to be done on the linguistic legacy of “Electric Boogaloo”.

I can't believe we're almost there

This was already going to be a busy week. I have a short story to finish, which is already more than 10k. I have a sequel to write, which is giving me grief. I have Home Team coming out tomorrow.

I will never have enough time to write everything I want to write. Which is why I’m glad I got the hockey romance out of the way early. It really was inevitable. Hockey has been a story in my life since the very beginning.

The first time I fell in love with hockey was the second time my team made it to the Stanley Cup Final. (We lost, we had lost before, we would lose again, but there’s always next season.) It was the first time I saw how hockey is a narrative, how rivalries play out over a season, how trades pit friends against each other, how sudden death overtime raises the stakes. I didn’t know then I could turn it into a love story. A writer should write what they know goes the common advice. Better advice: write what you love.

It will show through with every word. Not only in romance, but in everything. I write about hockey because I want hockey to be better. I want the sport I love, that, as a Canadian, I hold as a part of my identity, to open itself up to all athletes. That’s why I wrote this version of a world where it’s time for Aaron to come out. After so many years hiding himself away, he finds himself in the right place, and with the right people, where coming out can be something to think about, instead of ignore. It doesn’t have to be a scary thing. It can a powerful thing.

Home Team is just a book, a short and fluffy one at that. Maybe one day, maybe soon, it won’t seem so much like fantasy fiction. But I’ll keep writing what I love, if you’ll keep reading it.