Thanks for stopping by to check out the Interview with Jean C. Gordon. We’ll be talking about her latest release, Mending the Motocross Champion. If you haven’t read it, be sure to add it to your Goodreads pile or hop on over to purchase it.
Blessings to you and Happy Reading!!
About the Book
Anton, “Mac,” Macachek may be the top professional motocross racer in the country but he still has one race that matters more to him: winning a championship at Unadilla Raceway and showing the hometown folks the bad boy did amount to something. But when a horrific accident sidelines those plans, he makes a deal with the woman he once loved with all his heart. A woman who abandoned him. If Dana will get him back in racing shape, he’ll fund her new practice. Then an even more dangerous risk is revealed. If Mac races again, he could die.
Does Dana have enough faith to risk her heart again? She loved Mac once, but feared he loved motocross racing more than he loved her. If she helps him mend his broken body, will it also mend her broken heart? Or will it all be lost again in the dust and danger of a motocross racetrack?”
TEAM MACACHEK: Meet the strong women and fearless men of the motocross circuit.
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You might think that it was inspired by me or my husband being a motocross fan. Actually, the idea for the book came from a discussion a former coworker and I had about marriage. The books original title was Everlasting Vows. The person I was talking with had only been married a short time, and shared with me that she didn’t want to make what she called compromises in her marriage. I saw the compromises she didn’t want to consider as the give-and-take needed for any successful long-term relationship.
That got me thinking about the sanctity of marriage vows. Since I read a fair number of cowboy romances, I considered the rodeo circuit as a situation that could try a young marriage. I also love reunion stories, so I wanted to put that spin on it. I felt rodeo would have required a western setting. So, I looked at other possibilities that could be set in Upstate New York and discovered motocross. There are two small local tracks nearby and Unadilla, an AMA Pro Motocross Facility, is only a couple of hours away.
2. Did you have to do a lot of research regarding the sport of motocross? What was the most fascinated piece of information you came across?
As one book reviewer said, Mending the Motocross Champion isn’t heavy on sport details. I was more interested in the people of the motocross circuit. So much of my research was reading blogs written by motocross racers and their spouses and significant others and following them on social media. I found former supercross champion Jeremy McGrath’s autobiography Wide Open invaluable for insight. I also discovered Team Faith, a non-profit multi-faceted Outreach Ministry that impacts people who are enthusiastic about action sports. It uses professional athletes to reach our world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And I learned about “pit pastors” who minister to Christians and others on the circuit.
3. Since this is the 1st book in the Team Macacheck series, can we hope there’s a second one coming? And if so, can you tell us about it?
I have several more planned. First off is Holiday Escape, which is a Christmas-New Year sweet-romance novella that’s releasing November 1 (available for pre-order). It features a minor-minor character from Mending the Motocross Champion. Bridget O’Brien lost her fiancé to a dangerous job. And, while she’d love to have a relationship like the one she lost, the last thing she wants is one with another man who willingly puts his life in danger. Luke Foster is a motocross racer whose track record with women runs short and no-strings-attached on both sides. He’d never seriously pursue a forever-after woman like Bridget.
All they want is a holiday week away. Bridget from her well-meaning family’s condolences about her planned Christmas Eve wedding and her memories of a future that won’t be. Luke from his family’s annual critique at which he and his life choices always fall short of expectations.
But, under the blue Caribbean skies, anything can happen.
For 2017, I plan another novella, featuring Jesse, the protégé of Mac, the hero in Mending, and a book with Jesse and Lauren, who’s also introduced in Mending. Jesse and Lauren are only 18 in the novella, which will take place immediately after Mending. Jesse has such potential for success and failure in the future. The novella will be a bridge between Mending and the next book, which will take place several years in the future. I have another character, Sari in mind for a book, too.
4. You’ve got a lot of books under your writing belt. Which one of your stories is closest to your heart?
My Love Inspired Romance, The Bachelor’s Sweetheart, which came out this past August. It deals with the affects of alcoholism on families. The heroine, Tessa, is a recovering alcoholic. The hero, Josh, one of three Donnelly brothers, is the son of an alcoholic. The story is one of hard-won acceptance and learning to rely on God. I dedicated it to the memory of my youngest brother who lost his battle.
I read that one! I enjoy the difficult subjects, makes the read more satisfying. 🙂
5. When you sit down to write, what does your writing space look like?
Organized chaos. I am a proponent of the pile system. I also used it when I was a financial writer. Whether I’m working on my recliner couch or at my desk, I like to have my research, notes to myself, and recently edited pages handy next to me in designated piles. While, as I said, it may look like chaos, I can reach for exactly what I need when I want to.
About the Author
They share a 175-year-old farmhouse just south of Albany, NY, with their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a menagerie of pets. Their son lives nearby. While Jean creates stories, her family grows organic fruits and vegetables and tends the livestock de jour.