Sporting Chance Press author Nicolette House has been heading out west to Sun Valley Idaho each summer for training and this year was no exception. As a full-time student at DePaul and a skating coach, it is not easy to fit a few weeks in for that special lift the famous ski and skating center gives winter sports enthusiasts. It was more business than usual for Colette as she was promoting her middle grade skating novel, Maddie Takes the Ice, published this spring by Sporting Chance Press of Crystal Lake.
After getting back in touch with the Sun Valley figure skating community and getting back to her “high elevation” fitness level, Nicolette was guest of honor at a special book signing at Chapter One Bookstore on August 11, 2010.
According to Nicolette:
Sun Valley is loaded with skating enthusiasts and young skating students. Figure skaters are typically good readers so we had a nice crowd for the signing. I still cannot get over the feeling when a young skater asks me for my autograph on one of the books. It has really been a thrill, but the biggest thrill is hearing from kids who have read the book and tell me how much they liked it. As a first time author, you just do not know how readers are going to react. It’s been all positive.
Nicolette is making presentations to elementary and middle schools this school year to discuss both figure skating and writing.
I am looking forward to talking to kids about skating and writing – two of my favorite subjects! Kids hear about many bad things happening today and there are so many bad influences. It is great to have created Maddie as a means to reach kids who may feel a little overwhelmed by their own pursuits. I know I did at times. The good things we pursue --figure skating, team sports, music, gymnastics, ballet, academics—you name it, they all create stress. When kids read about other kids who have gone through what they are going through, at least they know they are not alone. We are not providing counseling in Maddie, we are just telling the story of a girl who has her own problems in part because she doesn’t confide with the one person who could help the most—her mom. Once Maddie opens up, it gets a lot easier for her.
Maddie Takes the Ice is in many of the northwest suburban libraries including Arlington Heights Public Library. For those readers who want their own copy and want it signed by Colette, she will be appearing at Rainbo Sports in Northbrook on September 18th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Colette will be reading from Maddie Takes the Ice at 11:30 a.m. Maddie is also available from the Sporting Chance Press website. Teachers and school administrators who would like Nicolette to present at their school can write her in care of Sporting Chance Press, 1074 Butler Drive, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 or email the publisher at firstname.lastname@example.org .