Soccer….Family Style


Book Launch: “Passionate Soccer Love” is coming soon!
May 8, 2014, 8:36 am
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Cover ArtWhen I started this blog four years ago, it was to tell the story of our trip to South Africa and subsequent soccer travels. What I discovered is that I love writing these stories. Over the past four years, my family has had some experiences:

  • my husband has left a job he hated and joined a company he loves after a brief stint as a consultant
  • we bought a huge, 125 year old Victorian house and started renovating it
  • I closed my store to work full time on the house
  • one kid entered elementary school, one kid will leave it this year
  • one kid started playing soccer, the other made her first select team

It’s been a whole lot of crazy some days, and what I realized is that as crazy as it got…our soccer lives kept us going through it. The people that we’ve met at games, the crazy stories that happen at games all kept me going when things got really crazy in our personal lives. I knew I could get through any challenge putting my head down and powering through to the next soccer match. And now I’ve written a book about our experiences chasing US Soccer and how following your passion makes life pretty awesome. Here’s what people are saying about it:

Passionate Soccer Love: A Memoir of 20 Years Supporting US Soccer chronicles the travels of Tanya Keith through seven World Cups and beyond. Her stories are funny, entertaining, and will enthrall readers with her perseverance, passion, and dreams. Experience the history and camaraderie of American Soccer supporter culture as you get to know her soccer family. Through tales of soccer adventure, Ms. Keith shows how her contagious passion has paved the way for her dreams to become reality and how following your passion can bring balance between love and life, business and family.

“Tanya Keith has been traveling to U.S. soccer games since 1993, including seven World Cups, and her highly readable book is a revealing (and fun) window into the adventurous life of a hardcore U.S. fan and her family. The growth of U.S. supporter culture is one of the great stories in American sports, and Keith has been there to see it all. I couldn’t put this book down.” – Grant Wahl, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports

“Tanya Keith is someone who lives out and embodies each of the words in the title of her book, Passionate Soccer Love — individually and collectively. With humor and grace, she weaves entertaining and heartfelt stories of her two families, the one with her husband and children, and the other her soccer family, which, like her support for the U.S. men’s national team, has no bounds. If, like her, you’ve fallen so hard and so deep for soccer, and appreciate the struggles and joys of family — on the field and off — you’ll see yourself in the pages of her book. Passionate Soccer Love is a highly worthy and recommended addition to the bookshelf of any soccer fan.”   — Jimmy LaRoue, The Daily Advance

Now I need your help:

I need to spread the word about my book. If you’re a soccer fan, this book is for you. That friend or family that can’t understand why you love soccer? It’s definitely for them. It’s for everyone that wants to learn about the joys of following your passion. Heck, here’s what my editor (who has no connection to soccer world) said:

“This is DEFINITELY a book I will recommend to others…AND Of course buy….several copies.  In fact, I believe your book is a great book for coaches who need stories for inspiration for their athletes or for head coaches who need inspiration for their assistants.  Where was your book, when I was coaching cheerleading coaches for so long…..and when I had so many assistants? I love, love, love, love and love this book.”

Here’s how you can help:

1) Help fund my Kickstarter campaign.

2) Like, share, and otherwise love on Facebook.

3) Not on Facebook? Share the website.

4) Help bloggers, soccer teams, supporter clubs, and bookstores find me and encourage them to share the book with their audience. I have sample chapters and marketing materials to send, just get me a name and an email, or better yet introduce me.

Thanks for helping to spread the word and supporting my writing!

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You can definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you
write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they believe.
Always go after your heart.

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