Girls Varsity Swim Season starts in mid-August.
For ten years my life revolved around swim practice, swim meets, fundraising, travel, and one swimmer in particular.
My daughter’s swim career ended in February, 2017. The previous October, I published my Young Adult novel Swim Season, which was inspired by my years of sitting on those cold, hard bleachers cheering her on.
I got more than a sore butt. She and her teammates inspired me to write this novel, and it took five years for me to put it together. It covers the entire season, from tryouts, to dual meets, to county and state championships.
It also covers the highlights of senior year: Football games, dances, friendships, first crush, college prep, and a host of other anxieties, including divorce, a blended family, a Wounded Warrior, PTSD, incarceration, and more.
There’s a lot in the 593 pages that comprise this book.
Sometimes winning is everything.
Champion swimmer Aerin Keane is ready to give up her dreams of college swimming and a shot at the Olympics. As she starts senior year in her third high school, Aerin’s determined to leave her family troubles behind and be like all the other girls at Two Rivers. She’s got a new image and a new attitude. She doesn’t want to win anymore. She’s swimming for fun, no longer the freak who wins every race, every title, only to find herself alone.
But when her desire to be just one of the girls collides with her desire to be the best Two Rivers has ever seen, will Aerin sacrifice her new friendships to break a longstanding school record that comes with a $50,000 scholarship?
To learn more about Swim Season, read my post Write What You Know and Then Some – Researching My Young Adult Novel “Swim Season.”