My novel LIFE ON THE EDGE, released last month by Astraea Press, is a love story set in the world of competitive figure skating. In the book, the romance is between a skater and her coach, but often in stories and in real life, romance develops between two pair skaters or ice dance partners. And when these teams take the ice, their romantic connection often manifests itself in the skaters’ performances.
I think figure skating is the perfect combination of sport and art, and when you add in a romantic relationship between the skaters, the product can become even more beautiful. The couple brings us onto the ice with them and lets us witness their shared emotions.
What’s really impressive are the teams who aren’t romantically involved but who make the audience believe they are. These skaters have a special performance gift and are convincing actors.
I’ve compiled a few of my favorite romantic skating performances, some by teams who were off-ice couples and some by teams who were not. If you’re not familiar with the skaters, I’ll let you guess who the couples were ;-)
Please see the end of the post for the other videos of Jennifer's favorite romantic skating performances.
I was born on Mardi Gras.
I don’t like hot drinks like coffee or hot chocolate.
I have a baseball card collection.
I’m addicted to the TV show Once Upon a Time.
I’ve only ice skated once in my life.
I'm a big fan of Once Upon a Time also. I've always loved the sport of figure skating and can understand why you like it so much! Why do you like being an author?
I love being able to tell a story and have it emotionally resonate with readers. Getting people excited and emotionally invested in my stories is my goal as a writer.
What’s your favorite novel?
To Kill a Mockingbird
Nineteen-year-old Emily is new to pairs skating, but she and her partner Chris have a big dream–to be the first American team to win Olympic gold. Their young coach Sergei, who left Russia after a mysterious end to his skating career, believes they can break through and make history.
Emily and Chris are on track to be top contenders at the 2002 Winter Games. But when forbidden feelings spark between Emily and Sergei, broken trust and an unexpected enemy threaten to derail Emily’s dreams of gold.
I can't wait to read it! Where can readers find your book online?
Purchase Link at Astraea Press for Life on the Edge
Purchase Link at Amazon for Life on the Edge
Purchase Link at B&N for Life on the Edge
Jennifer, tell us about yourself?
I earned a Master of Accounting from Tulane University and am a Certified Public Accountant in south Louisiana. While working for a large corporation, I sought a creative outlet and decided to put on paper a story that had played in my head for years. That story became Life on the Edge, my first published novel.
When not working or writing, I'm an avid follower of the sport of figure skating, travelling to competitions around the country. Those experiences allow me to see another side of the sport and serve as an inspiration for my writing. I'm blessed with a wonderful family and many friends who have encouraged me to pursue my dream of being a published author.
Where can readers connect with you online?
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Thanks so much for guesting today and sharing with us about your passions and your new novel. I enjoyed chatting with you and getting to know you better!
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