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Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Tao of Hockey by Melanie Ting: Character Interview

The Tao of Hockey
by Melanie Ting

After being selected in the first-round of the NHL draft, Eric Fairburn was in a car accident that destroyed his career. Now, five years later, he’s getting one last chance. If he can make the Vancouver Vice of the AHL, it could be the first step to making his hockey dreams come true.

There are only two things standing in his way—the coach from hell and his own self-destructive ways.

The one talent he hasn’t lost is his way with women. So he’s surprised to be turned down by a mysterious woman he meets in a bar. Eric finds himself pursuing her when he should be focusing on hockey. Yet he’s drawn to her confidence and independence, believing that might be the key to fixing his own on-ice issues.

This is the first book in a new series about the Vancouver Vice.

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Author Bio

Melanie Ting herds cats, hikes low mountains, and watches hockey in beautiful Vancouver, B.C. She began writing romances during the 2010 Olympics, inspired by both the extraordinary athleticism and the crazy party atmosphere.

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Character Interview  

Please welcome Eric Fairburn from Melanie Ting's The Tao of Hockey to Diane’s Book Blog.

What is your full name? Do you have a nickname?

My full name is Eric Sky Fairburn—I know, don’t laugh. Josie makes fun of my middle name, but I have a hippie mom. I have a ton of different nicknames from hockey. The guys I train with call me Yogi because I’m into yoga and meditation.

What is your hair color? Eye color? 

My hair is blond and my eyes are blue.

How old are you?

I am 23 years old. Man, I feel way older than that though.

Where were you born? Where do you currently call home?

I was born in Nelson, B.C. It’s a beautiful town right beside a lake in the Kootenay mountains. You should visit, you’d love it. Right now, I’m living in the big city of Vancouver.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

I have a lot of vegetables—broccoli, kale, red peppers, spinach, and alfalfa sprouts.

What is your biggest fear?

That I won’t ever make the NHL.

Who is the greatest love of your life?

It’s Josie. She’s brought joy and peace to my existence, even if she denies how important she is to me.

Which living person do you most despise?

I try to forgive and move on. If we keep anger in our hearts, it poisons everything.

What is your greatest regret?

That one summer night when I was eighteen and I’d been out partying in the woods. I got in the car to drive home with my best friend, Gary. I swear to God I’ve relived that one moment a million times—when I sat back, put the keys in the ignition, and then started the car. If I would give anything to go back and change that moment.

What do you love most about hockey?

I like the way that I can shift into different state of consciousness. When I’m playing, all my focus is on—that moment, that shift, that play—and I can forget everything else. That is my favourite time—well, other than having sex.

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