Today we have a special guest post from author Ally Mathews! She is celebrating her new release of Offsetting Penalties this week, which released on November 6th! Also, Read. Eat. Love. is excited to be part of the blog tour for Offsetting Penalties, hosted by Chapter by Chapter. Check out our review here.
Q&A with Ally Mathews
In one sentence, please describe what your story/book is about.
When star tight end Garret Mitchell’s football coach suggests he take ballet lessons after being injured, he doesn’t expect to be blackmailed by rich girl Isabelle Oster to keep it secret.
Offsetting Penalties includes ballet and football. What kind of research went into writing your novel? What challenges did you face? Do you have personal experience in either sport/activity?
I didn’t have to do a lot of research for this book. My dad was a high school football coach during the first ten years of my life, and I’ve followed football ever since. During my sophomore year of high school, our team made it to the state finals, and my best friend and I even asked for and received tickets to the Cleveland Browns for our senior year of high school. No laughing. They were good back then. Really. On the ballet side, my daughter has been dancing since she was three, and she’s been on a dance company for many years, so I’ve watched a lot of dance. She helped with some of the terminology. The most challenging thing for me was writing the scenes where Izzy and Garret dance together. My hope is that they’re realistic and also show the growing attraction between them.
How did you come up with the idea for your book or what inspired you?
I happened across a video called Grace and Gridiron about NFL player Steve McLendon’s ballet lessons, and the idea of having a boy agree to take lessons as long as they were kept secret came to me. Later on, I came up with the idea to have the ballerina who teaches him blackmail him into dancing with her.
If your novel were being made into a movie or tv show, whom would you pick to play the lead roles?
I’ve chosen some lesser known actors because I wouldn’t be able to picture a super famous person in the roles. I think Australian actress Maia Mitchell would make a great Izzy, and she even has some dance experience. For Garret, I like Leo Howard, who was in the movie Logan. He also gets bonus points for being an animal lover and volunteering at shelters.
When writing do you try more to be original or try to write more what readers want? (i.e. follow/anticipate trends or interests in pop culture)
I do not follow trends, but I do sometimes look to pop culture to spark ideas. I love to come up with interesting and (hopefully) original ideas, and I hope that they turn out to be what readers want.
Can you share a little about what you’re currently working on now?
I’m working on the proposal for two sequels to Offsetting Penalties, and I’m also writing a YA speculative fiction romance.
Thank you, Ally Mathews for spending time with us on Read. Eat. Love. and answering our questions! We can’t wait to read sequels to Offsetting Penalties.
Cheers and Happy Reading everyone!