Guest Post: Elise Faber
Author Elise Faber is joining us today to talk about her favorite hobby. It is honestly not at all what we thought Elise was going to talk about when she told us she wanted to share her favorite hobby with our readers. We are pleasantly surprised and very happy to share Elise Faber’s love affair with hockey with you!
P.S. Make sure you scroll down to learn more about Elise’s latest release, Caged, which is now available. We’re even linking to not one but TWO Bites! Enjoy!
Hockey is in my blood . . . and on the page.
I’ve been asked many times why I started writing hockey romance, and my answer is always, why not? For one, hockey is a fast-paced, incredibly difficult sport, and for another, I’ve played ice hockey for years and it’s one of my favorite things to do.
I started with travel hockey in the early 2000s in California and we were BAD — and let me tell you that those capital letters are important to grasp the wealth of exactly how bad we were. Our single moment of glory that first year was managing to squeeze out a tie. But I loved the sport; it taught me important life skills (including how to lose gracefully and focus on the next challenge in front of me). I felt like it fit me, and I always found the sport to be incredibly inclusive. And for the youngest child of three, who never quite felt like she fit anywhere, hockey’s ability to level the playing field gave me a second chance to find something where I could be myself.
Hockey, as a sport, is a mix of skills — skating, hand-eye coordination, strength, conditioning — but one of the best parts about it is that it’s possible to be successful even if you’re not great at all of those. Don’t have a killer slapshot? Fine, work on your wrist shot. You can always find a way to put the puck in the net. Not the best skater? You can take power skating classes — or just embrace your wobble, Bambi-style. Out of shape? Embrace the length of a true hockey shift and skate your butt off for thirty seconds, then get the heck off the ice so you can recover.
Embracing these differences in abilities and assets is especially true now that I’m an adult and just playing the sport for fun. Hockey truly is for everyone, beginner or experienced, young or old. In my years, I’ve been the only woman on a team, the only straight person, the only white person. In fact, the league I play in (in non-COVID times) is one of the most diverse organizations I’m part of in terms of race, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
They also collect for scholarships and have donated gear for players to use, since one of the most challenging aspects of hockey is accessibility — it’s an expensive sport. In a world of division, it’s nice to be part of something that, while isn’t perfect, is aware of its shortcomings and taking steps to remedy them. All of these experiences have given me a place where I fit, even if I don’t look or love the way my teammates do. It’s exposed me to a wealth of other people’s knowledge, their life experiences, whether it’s on the ice or teasing me in the locker room about tripping over that blue line (a.k.a. in non-hockey speak, tripping over nothing).
“I’ve been asked many times why I started writing hockey romance, and my answer is always, why not? ”
And, no surprise, hockey has also inspired me in my writing. When I began pecking away at my keyboard, writing the first Gold Hockey book, Blocked, I wanted to capture some of that family feel. Not a perfect family, but those on opposite ends of a variety of social spectrums, with different challenges and abilities, who ultimately care about each other and want to find a way to work together, to be successful together — albeit with plenty of locker room banter and teasing about tripping over those nonexistent blue lines. Now with eleven books under my belt — Caged, Gold Hockey #11, just released on April 12th — I’m proud of the fictional family I’ve created and how it’s grown and matured through the years. Oftentimes, I wish I could jump right onto the ice with them!
If hockey sounds like something you want to be part of (dooo it!), you can look into your local leagues for days and events where you can try it for free — some leagues, including my own, offer GHATD, which stands for Give Hockey a Try Day. They’ll let you borrow equipment, give you some basic lessons, and then hook you with the hockey bug by letting you play your first scrimmage. I’d also suggest checking out the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone website for more resources. And when it’s time to gear up, look for used equipment (except helmets, protect your brains, people, and invest in a good helmet!) at places like Play It Again Sports or rink-sponsored equipment sales.
I hope you’ll find that hockey bug and feel as at home on the ice as I do.
Just watch out for that blue line.
A Gold Hockey Novel
Release Date: April 12, 2021
God, she was so painfully, awkwardly shy.
Blurting out the wrong thing at the wrong time? Check.
Puking in front of the class when she’d needed to give a speech? Double check.
Critically, embarrassingly unable to summon any semblance of a rational thought when in the presence of an attractive man? Triple check.
And she was surrounded by gorgeous, sexy men on a daily basis.
As video coach for the San Francisco Gold hockey franchise, Dani spent her days wrapped in a technological bubble. She studied tape, prepared clips for the players, and generally avoided other people.
She’d thought he was going to ask her to fix his computer.
Instead, he’d asked her out.
On a date. A date! That didn’t compute. It couldn’t be right. No one asked her out—
And suddenly, Dani thought it might be possible to leave her shy, awkward days behind her.
USA Today bestselling author, Elise Faber, loves chocolate, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and hockey (the order depending on the day and how well her team—the Sharks!—are playing). She and her husband also play as much hockey as they can squeeze into their schedules, so much so that their typical date night is spent on the ice. Elise changes her hair color more often than some people change their socks, loves sparkly things, and is the mom to two exuberant boys. She lives in Northern California.
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