by Darin Gibby
I often asked myself the same thing. When I came up with the idea about a high school baseball coach who discovers that he can pitch with lightning speed, I was actually writing another book. But the idea that a person’s gift may actually lead to their death fascinated me. The idea behind Gil is really about how to transcend opposites, and it suddenly hit me that baseball was the perfect way to illustrate this. So I put down my other manuscript and started writing Gil.
But how to do write a book about professional baseball when you’ve only played little league ball? I took my best shot and came up with a first draft. Then I was stuck. I needed someone who’d played professional baseball to give it a read. I was fortunate to come across a writing coach, Larry Brooks, who was a minor league pitcher for several years. After reading Gil, he gave me a lesson on what really goes on in professional baseball. The biggest issue I had after our discussion was that no professional team would ever let a high school coach try out, no matter how fast he could throw. So, to make things realistic, I came up with the idea of having a MLB strike. The owners didn’t want to lose the season so they let amateurs try out as replacement players, kind of like what happened during World War II.
Larry is also a wonderful writing coach and he gave me some ideas to make the plot more interesting and to develop the characters sooner. I took all of his suggestions, prepared a new draft and sent it off to my publisher. Koehler Books loved the concept and said they wanted to publish the book. The problem was timing. We wanted the book released before the playoffs, which was only about a month away. I think we broke every record to get it out in time. And, I’m glad we did. The 2016 World Series was the most memorable ever, and interest in Gil was almost overwhelming.
As I mentioned, Gil isn’t about baseball—that is just a medium to tell the story about how to transcend opposites. Gil is really about using life’s challenges to open your heart to compassion, which is the ultimate act of transcending. But you’ll have to read Gil to find out how that happens.
Finally, Larry was kind enough to provide a blurb for the cover. Here it is:
“Being in the game is everything, and Gil takes us there with a full count and a shot at glory.”
Darin’s first book, Why Has America Stopped Inventing?, explored the critical issue of America’s broken patent system. His second book, The Vintage Club, tells the story of a group of the world’s wealthiest men who are chasing a legend about a wine that can make you live forever. His third book, Gil, is about a high school coach who discovers that he can pitch with deadly speed and is given an offer to play with the Rockies during a player’s strike. Gil soon discovers, however, that his unexpected gift is the result of a rare disease, and continuing to pitch may hasten his own death.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree, he is highly regarded in Denver’s legal and business community as a patent strategist, business manager, and community leader. He is also a sought-after speaker on IP issues at businesses, colleges and technology forums, where he demonstrates the value of patents using simple lessons from working on products such as Crocs shoes, Izzo golf straps and Trek bicycles.
An avid traveler and accomplished triathlete, Darin also enjoys back country fly-fishing trips and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. He lives in Denver with his wife, Robin, and their four children.
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Darin's Newest Contemporary Sport Fiction Release: Gil
Twenty years before, high school coach Gil Gilbert gave up his dream to play professional baseball so he could marry his pregnant girlfriend, Keri. When he miraculously discovers that he can pitch with deadly accuracy and speed, he must choose between his successful career and comfortable family life or his chance to play with the Colorado Rockies during a player’s strike. Gil stuns the pitching staff with 100 mph fastballs and is offered a contract.
After joining the Rockies, the world soon learns that Gil is a supernatural phenomenon and the Rockies keep winning. But Gil soon faces stiff opposition, including a frivolous lawsuit, a father who feels his son’s calling to pitch is to save souls, and threats from the striking players. As the season progresses, Gil discovers that his unexpected gift is the result of a rare disease, and continuing to pitch may hasten his own death. While Keri supports his decision to keep playing, she is fearful about her husband’s bizarre health condition.
Gil must decide what price he is willing to pay to live his dream.
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