Kelly Jamieson is a USA Today bestselling author of over 40 romance novels and novellas. Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. She likes black coffee, white wine and high heels…and of course cheering on her Winnipeg Jets during hockey season!
On Tuesday, June 2, Shut Out, Jamieson’s latest hockey romance releases world-wide. While Kelly has written numerous hockey-based love stories, this is her first foray into college hockey. More importantly, Shut Out tackles serious issues that have increasingly become front page news, which Jamieson addresses in part one of this series here. Part two touches on Jamieson’s love of hockey and how that affects her writing.
1. So, I consider you the queen of hockey romances…have you always been a hockey fan?
THANK YOU! That means so much to me!! And yes, I have always been a hockey fan, from the time I was a little girl watching Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday nights with my mom and grandma (for some reason, the women in the house were the hockey fans!). The city I grew up in had a WHL team, the Brandon Wheat Kings, and I became a proud supporter and season ticket holder. Then when I moved to Winnipeg, I was so excited to watch live NHL games!
2. I loved this quote from Shut Out:
“It’s only a game, but I see determination, courage, sacrifice, and loyalty out there on the ice.”
You nailed exactly what I love about hockey and hockey players! How much research do you do into team dynamics in order to write such realistic players and teammates?
A lot of my research into team dynamics comes from local newspaper coverage of our NHL team. We’re a huge hockey city and during hockey season there are daily articles about all kinds of things…if there’s no game to cover, they talk about the players. I also devour articles in the game day magazine that give insights into players’ lives and routines, and I avidly watch any interviews where the players interact with each other. And I admit I make some stuff up.
3. Do you find yourself incorporating current players’ characteristics into your characters?
Definitely. A lot of my heroes have characteristics of real players. I love learning about their personalities and I’m fascinated by the contrasts of on-ice versus off-ice personas. Some of the guys that are the most aggressive and intimidating on the ice are quiet and reserved off the ice.
4. Who’s your favorite hockey player? Why?
Oh that’s a very tough question and I don’t know if I can narrow it down to one. Okay if I have to, I’ll say Jonathan Toews.
He doesn’t play for my Jets, but he’s a Winnipeg boy and not only is he highly skilled and smart on the ice, he’s a good guy off the ice, someone who gives a lot back to both the community he comes from and the community where he lives and plays.