Today the amazing Baylin Crow is here to talk about her fabulous new Sugar Land Saints novel, Recovered Fumble, which is out now!
1. What inspired you to write Recovered Fumble? Can you tell us a little more about the story?
I’m a huge college football fan. After one of my teams won last season, I decided I was going to create my own team. All the characters are tied together in some way throughout the series. And while I was writing book one, Quarterback Sneak, I already knew Rendon and Nash would get their own book and I couldn’t wait to write it.
2. Can you share something with us about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
I’ll share a secondary character you’ll meet when you read the story. Tristan is Rendon’s quirky roommate and I had so much fun writing him. He adds an element of humor to the story and I honestly couldn’t imagine the book without him in it.
3. What did you edit out of this book? Or really want to include but it just didn’t fit?
This book was supposed to be a novella, 45K words max. It sits at 94K words. I’m not sure I left anything out. Though, if it had fit into the storyline, I’d have loved to add a cameo of Rush and Torin from Quarterback Sneak. While they are briefly heard over the phone, I wanted to drag them back to Sugar Land.
4. What came first with Recovered Fumble, the characters or the plot? Is that the same for all your books?
Characters 100%. All of my books are character driven. I wouldn’t know how to start a story for characters I haven’t “met” yet.
5. If we made Recovered Fumble into a movie, who would be your dream casting for Rendon and Nash?
I have sat on this question for days. But honestly, I can’t think of a single actor that would fit either of them, especially Nash.
6. Recovered Fumble is the third book in the Sugar Land Saints series, do you have any more books planned or are you planning something new?
7. What inspired you to start writing?
I actually won an award for a Bare Book competition in… I think it was about the 5th grade—cheesiest story ever. And I think that planted a seed that I buried for a few decades as I took on the business world. I’ve always been a reader, but I started reading a minimum of one book a day years ago. It seemed I was always finding myself looking for a specific book and when I couldn’t find it, I was bummed. So one day I decided I’d write those books. Of course there are similar books, but sometimes there’s just something you need in there. And that’s how it started.
8. What or who (or both) has influenced you most as a writer?
I don’t think there has been anything that has influenced me most. It’s a little bit of everything I read, whether it be other romances or craft books, every day events, past events and important moments in my life, encouragement and constructive criticism. I’m not sure where the influence starts or stops.
9. As an experienced author, what do you have any advice or tips for new authors who are just starting out?
The advice is ever changing and constant. Even experienced authors are always on a loop of change and learning. But one thing I didn’t know going into this whole writing thing was how important social media is. I didn’t even join FB until my second book released. I’m sure that leaves me on an island all my own but social media should become your best friend. Treat it well.
10. What is your favourite childhood book?
Oooh an easy answer! About time! Amelia Bedelia!!! I can’t tell you how worn those pages were and I smiled every single time I read it.
11. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Do you have a secret passion or hobby that we don’t know about?
I read of course and during college football season, you have a good chance of finding me yelling at the TV on Saturdays.
12. Finally, what’s your favourite dinosaur?
Thanks for answering all my questions Baylin! I can’t wait to read about Rendon and Nash!
Recovered Fumble is out now.
Here’s what Baylin has to say about herself:
Bios are challenging. I don’t have a clue how to write about myself. Fictional characters? Sure! Me? Not so much. It’s the reason my author bio stayed practically blank until after I finished my second novel.
Who am I? Well, I guess I should start by telling you that I write MM romance and I love what I do.
I fell in love with writing during elementary school with my first “Bare Book” but honestly never thought I’d become an author. It always seemed to be something I dreamed of and not something I could make a reality. Now that I have, I can’t picture myself doing anything else.
I live in Texas where the heat and I don’t get along. One day I hope to call Northeast USA home. I’m a wife and mother of 2 ridiculously cute kids. I have 2 dogs and 1 cat, the latter of which is a spoiled brat, but she’s my spoiled brat.
Spending the day under a fluffy blanket reading or writing away on my laptop with a mountain of coffee is my idea of time well spent. I get to live so many lives through books that I consider myself genuinely lucky to call myself an avid reader. Books, whether I’m reading or writing them, make up a huge part of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.