Motocross Me: Cheyanne Young guest post! *Competition closed*
I want you all to join me in welcoming Cheyanne to Little Birdie! Cheyanne is here to today to talk to us about her new book Motocross and what inspired her to write about the unique and completely underrated sport (see: motocross guys ... yum):
I was about twelve years old when my dad pulled up in the driveway with a small white and purple…thing…in the back of his truck. My dad loves things of all sorts, so I didn't care much about what was back there until he said it was for me. It was a dirt bike. A used Yamaha PW80; a magnificent beast made of metal and rubber and plastic, infused with the soul-scorching smell of oil and sweat.
Me, being a fairly innocent and mostly girly twelve-year-old, had never seen a dirt bike up close and had never cared about them at all- at least, not until this thing came into my life. Dad pulled it out of the truck and set it on the grass behind the garage. He cranked the motor and I swung my leg over the seat, resting my hands on the worn out rubber grips on the handlebars (which would later be replaced with bright pink ones). He showed me where first gear was and told me to take her for a spin around the back yard. I tapped first gear with my foot, inhaled the deliciously exhilarating smell of exhaust, and pulled the throttle.
The bike took off. Without me. I fell right on my ass.
Dad laughed and I cried, and although I eventually did figure out how to stay on the bike as it drove forward, I knew one thing from the very moment my butt hit the ground: Motocross was my life now.
I am right in the middle of promoting my first novel, MOTOCROSS ME, which is a story about a girl who is thrown into the world of motocross and makes a few friends (and enemies) along the way. It is super exciting to have people notice my book and ask questions about it. One question that keeps popping up is why I chose to write about motocross.
The short answer is that I wanted to write a young adult romance, and motocross is such a huge part of my life that it was easy to put it into a book. I didn't have to do any research, so I was able to focus on my characters. The longer and slightly more embarrassing answer is, because, well, motocross boys are hot. There are plenty of books about football quarterbacks, baseball stars, basketball boys, and even garage band guys. I wanted to write about something different. I think we need more books with love interests who are into extreme sports like motocross or surfing.
I've written several books since Motocross Me, and I definitely had the best time writing this book. I included so many things I remember from my childhood at the motocross track, and threw in a few easter eggs (like the number 336) that will be special to my family when they read it. This book was straight from the heart. I loved when my beta readers told me they had reservations reading a "sports book" but then they fell in love with the sport in the same way that I did all those years ago. Hopefully my readers will feel the same!
by Cheyanne Young
Release date: June 26th 2013
When Hana Fisher moves to the small town of Mixon, Texas to live with her dad, she dreads having to work at the boring pile of dirt he fondly calls a motocross track. But when she gets there, she finds the rinky-dink dirt bike track from her childhood has grown into the most respected racing track in the state.
Now popular by association, Hana endures the pain and sweat of working in the summer heat in order to fit in with a sport she’s growing to love. She gets a real family, a best friend and not just one, but two of the fastest racers trying to win her heart.
When Hana abuses her status as the track owner’s daughter to help the gorgeous Ryan Russo cheat in the biggest race of the year, she risks more than just losing her job. Every good thing in her life is at stake now- her friends, her dad’s trust, and Ash Carter- the kind-hearted racer who may not be as alluring as Ryan, but is proof that nice guys don’t always finish last.
About the author:
Cheyanne is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, Xbox and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her daughter, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat who is most likely plotting to take over the world.
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