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I'm trying three things that I've never tried before:
(1) first-person viewpoint (Alejo). I normally write in third-person.
The other two things relate to a televised boxing match that becomes a big Fight Night event for Alejo's super-macho father:
(2) I'm describing real people: boxers Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard,
(3) I'm describing a sport, boxing.
Other than boxing, I know nothing about sports, so I've never tried any sportswriting.
But the boxing match is background, and the story centers on Alejo and Bobby -- specifically, how Alejo realizes, looking back to this night in 1980, that he and Bobby were destined to be together.
There is sexual tension, but no sex scenes. You get an extended look at Alejo's relationship with his dad, which is a source of stress but also humor.
The story, approximately 8,000 words, can be read as a stand-alone, but you'll get more out of it if you're already familiar with the characters from Fall into the Sun.
The sequel Reach for the Moon (Alejo and Bobby 2) is on target for release in late September, or early October. Written in alternating third-person, it will be about 100,000 words.
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