Please welcome Jami Davenport to the virtual offices this morning!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Jami Davenport] Best-selling Contemp. sports romance author, charter 12thWoman, Animal Lover, Native Washingtonian living good life–rain or shine. GoHawks
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Backfield in Motion?
[Jami Davenport] Backfield in Motion is a bridge story. I had planned for Book 4 in my Seattle Lumberjacks series to be about the backup quarterback, who has tons of baggage. That book needs to span the 2nd half of the football season, which meant I’d have a big gap between the end of the last season (where Book 3 ended) to the middle of the next season. Since I’d always planned to write Bruiser’s book, I decided to go for it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Jami Davenport] Usually I know the beginning and the end before I ever start, along with at least one character’s major flaw. I didn’t know anything about this book. I wrote three chapters not knowing who these characters were. Without realizing it, I flipped the beauty and the beast theme I used in Down by Contact. In BIM, the heroine is the "beast" and the hero is the beauty.
I’m always looking for something different, and I was reading about how difficult it is to keep a football field in perfect condition with players on it all the time. It’s really an exact science. So I decided to write about a heroine who wanted a career in grounds management. Also, theirs a mystery component in which the heroine’s brother has been missing for 3 years. I’m obsessed with true crime TV shows so I decided I might as well put that obsession to good use.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Mac?
[Jami Davenport] Down to earth
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Bruce had a theme song, what would it be?
[Jami Davenport] I’m Too Sexy
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Mac is never without.
[Jami Davenport] A green thumb
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Bruce’s bathroom.
[Jami Davenport] Old Spice, anything pink, and a woman’s toothbrush (at least at the beginning of the story)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Mac’s greatest regret?
[Jami Davenport] Not being with her brother on the day he disappeared.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Jami Davenport] Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Rachel Gibson, and Sandra Brown
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Jami Davenport] Inspirational pictures of hot jocks, my iPad or laptop, and a glass of wine (or two or three)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Jami Davenport] That’s a tough one because I’m hard to please, and I rarely read a book anymore that is truly one I can’t put down. The last book I can recall staying up all night to read was Wait for You by J. Lynn, if you read it, I’m sure you’d know why I feel that way.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Jami Davenport] Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series in the 2nd grade. I was and still am horse crazy. I gobbled up those books and went in search of similar ones. I’ve always felt that my love of horses made me a reader. If we’re talking about romance novels, though, it’d have to be The Promise by Danielle Steele, followed by Mirror Image by Sandra Brown.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Jami Davenport] I used to show horses, which pretty much absorbed any other free time I had. I also work full-time in the IT field. Now that I don’t show horses, my husband and I love to take local trips on weekends. We also maintain a 3 acre mini-farm by ourselves. And—surprise, surprise—we are AVID spots fans, especially football.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Jami Davenport] Tons of ways, Twitter, Facebook (I have three FB pages), email, my website, Google+, and Pinterest. All the links are on my website. http://www.jamidavenport.com/index.htm
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book
Bruce "Bruiser" Mackey’s story (running back)
All you’ll ever be is a pretty face…
Star running back Bruce “Bruiser” Mackey has heard those words his entire life, especially after his twin brother’s tragic accident. He might use his surfer-boy good looks to land lucrative endorsements for his secret charity, but he hates books being judged by their covers. Which is why it’s wrong that his friend MacKenzie Hernandez is intent on giving herself a makeover.
Sure, Mac and her father have been reeling financially since her brother disappeared three years ago, and Lumberjacks management gives an annual scholarship that might get her life back on track, but he can’t imagine anyone smarter, sexier, or more beautiful than Mac already is. He can’t keep his hands off her—and the more they spend time together, the less he wants to. She’s perfect as is. One way or another, he’ll make sure the team’s tomboy greenskeeper gets a full ride. And between the two of them, they can learn to accept what’s behind them and look downfield to a future full of win.