September 14, 2015

naming a team of players

I can only speak for myself, but sometimes, when I set out to write a new story, I allow myself to get hung up on details. So much so, that at some points, I’ve elected to abandon the project until I could wrap my head around it better.

That was almost the case when I wrote First & Goal. As I laboriously worked on character sketches for the main and supporting characters, created a plot outline, and planned an entire fantasy football season (yeah, that became a thing) I realized I needed football player names. Like, a bunch of football player names. For Harper Duquaine to draft a whole team, and maybe make a couple of trades throughout the season, I needed about twenty. After naming a whole cast of characters, this seemed pretty daunting.

I mean, character names are supposed to be fun. Especially football players:

But, twenty is a lot of players.

That’s when I was struck with inspiration. Instead of my devoting hours trying to create the perfect player name, why don’t I just ask my readers to do it for me? I held a “Name That Player” contest on my blog, and I was delighted with the responses I received. I had enough that I was able to fill out a roster and have some spare change.

While I don’t want to share all of the names right now (you’ll have to read the book to see them), here are a few to give you a taste:

Todd Northwood - A veteran quarterback up against the odds as pundits--and fans--wonder whether or not he has the stamina to keep going. Harper controversially drafts him, because she believes he will prove everyone wrong.

John-Paul “The Pope” Massa - A hotshot running back, The Pope is Harper’s first round pick and a constant for her to count on in an otherwise turbulent season.

Tony Moor - Another running back selected early on, this sure bet proves to be anything but in a season that keeps her guessing.

Lorenzo Rossi - A later-round pick Harper makes because she likes his name. She vaguely knows he’s a wide receiver, but she’s certain he has a name that won’t quit.

I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know the players more in First & Goal. And huge thanks to everyone who participated in the contest and help me name these boys. (Be sure to check out the acknowledgements at the back of the book to see my thanks to you in print.)

Now that we have a team, it’s time to play ball!

About the Book
When Harper Duquaine’s no-nonsense approach to work unintentionally ruffles the wrong feathers at her new job, she joins her co-workers’ fantasy football league to prove she can hang with the guys. Only problem: she doesn’t know a sleeper from a keeper (or any of the other lingo thrown her way). 

Embroiled in a world of lineups, stats, and trades, Harper’s quest to make nice topples when her competitive streak emerges. And her promise to herself that she’ll be a strong, independent woman and leave the drama and heartache behind is seriously tested when she catches the attention of her two biggest competitors: J.J., a local celebrity determined to win a fantasy championship, and Brook, the mild-mannered coach who seems too good to be true. Both threaten her resolve to remain single… and, more importantly, her chances at winning the prize pool.

With a slew of conflicting advice in her real and fantasy worlds, Harper must figure out how to play the game and come out a winner.

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  1. Great idea for naming your team.

  2. Love the names! :) ... still LOLing at those Key and Peele sketches!! My money's on Jammie Jammie-Jammie! ;)