Tennis and Writing

How many of you regularly watch the tennis tournaments?

My husband doesn’t take his eyes off the TV for the two weeks of each of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US open. I glance from time to the TV screen to applaud a good point.

 Roger FedererAt the Wimbledon, we cheered Roger Federer, my all–time favorite tennis player. The papers describe him as the most elegant champion and a true gentleman. With his sixth Wimbledon win, he became tennis’s greatest men’s champion, watched by a legion of champions. He also set a record with his 15th Grand Slam title, overhauling the total of Pete Sampras who was in the Royal Box along with fellow legends Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver.

Was Federer really unbeatable?


The 2010 US Open presented an incredible match that lasted more than four hours. Federer almost won but his opponent Argentinean Juan Martin Del Potro managed to come back and win the unbeatable Federer. The women’s final followed a similar path as Kim Clijsters defeated the famous Serena Williams.

As I watch the 2013 Australian Open, I find myself establishing a parallel between tennis and writing.

Federer and Serena Williams compare to the New York Bestselling authors, well-established, basking in fame for years and unbeatable.

And yet, there are a lot of Del Potro and Kim Clijsters in Romance Writing. New authors with charming voices and fabulous imagination. With perseverance and hard work, they perpromance09[1]CAN reach the unreachable goal, they can be the new champions, the new bestselling authors.

Remember that the biggest champions and the most famous authors were once beginners too.

  • Dream your dream
  • Set your goal
  • Work hard
  • Listen to your coach
  • Go for it
  • Develop a tough skin

You are almost there. One more hit is all it takes sometimes.


VALENTINE BABIES is a heartwarming story that will take you from the heart of Kentucky to South Florida and Atlanta, and then to Iraq and Germany.

Fearless reporter, Roxanne Ramsay, doesn’t think twice before traveling for important assignments, even in a war zone—until her last trip leads her to a life-altering mistake.

At his best friends’ wedding, Dr. Greg Hayes, who has a serious phobia of planes, can’t take his eyes off the lovely maid of honor. But why is Roxanne blinking away tears? Getting involved with the strong-headed and too generous reporter involves more complications than the bright doctor had ever faced in the OR. Yet what wouldn’t he do to save the love of his life and her baby?

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13 Responses to Tennis and Writing

  1. E. Ayers says:

    That is so true! I’ve read some fabulous books by virtually unknown authors! These folks are going to knock some champions out of the park!


  2. stephaniequeen says:

    My sister, California Theresa, seemingly watches Tennis 24/7! It’s a mystery to me! But you’re right–as a non follower, I only know the big names, just like the average reader only knows the NYT bestselling author names. Until the buzz about one great book!
    Thanks for sharing,


    • monarisk says:

      I woke up at 5:00 am to check on my FREE Valentine Babies. My husband was sitting in front of the TV watching that ‘fabulous’ match by Federer and Murray, at the Australian Open. With the time difference, my poor hubby doesn’t sleep much these days, but he would never ever miss one single match. Same as we always read our favorite authors.


  3. Your post is inspirational, and your list is right on base. Valentine Babies sounds like a great read. Love the cover.


  4. monarisk says:

    Mary, Valentine Babies is FREE today at Also FREE: Coming Out of Hiding by E.Ayers,, and The Hot Shot by Stephanie Queen, Happy reading.


  5. Carol says:

    Absolutely we all have to pay our dues. Some rise to the top sooner than others, but we must persevere. Gotta keep swinging! Great post.


  6. monarisk says:

    Thanks Carol. I’m dreaming of that day when we’ll see names from this blog on the USA bestseller list. As you say, gotta keep swinging!


    • E. Ayers says:

      We have Joan Reeves and she is a best seller! She’s done so much to pave the way for us and she’s been so generous with her knowledge.

      And yes, this is a fabulous group of talented authors, all with different voices, so I raise my cup of hot chocolate to the Authors of Main Street!


  7. susanrhughes says:

    Great advice. Thanks for the encouragement.


  8. leighmorgan1 says:

    Great post, Mona! There are gems out there who haven’t had the chance to shine just yet, but I agree that they will with dedication and perseverance and continual practice. No one gets to Wimbledon by accident, but it sure helps if the cameras find you…here’s hoping when the cameras find each of us we’re ready. I love the way you transition each of your posts to writing your wonderful stories. Well done.


  9. monarisk says:

    Hi Leigh, Soon I hope we’ll be heading to Wimbledon, or better USA bestsellers lists. It doesn’t hurt to dream.


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