Tim Patten Publishes Gay History’s Untold Roller Derby Surprise - “My Kill Play - When A Virus Hijacked The Roller Derby”

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In the heyday of the Roller Derby, few people knew that HIV was beginning to devastate the best players on the teams. “My Kill Play” provides an inside look through the eyes of a Roller Derby Professional.

Tim Patten, AKA Todd Peterson, competed as a Roller Derby professional for 12 years, and went on to own a derby league. He not only witnessed the ravages of the AIDS epidemic on his fellow players, but he became a victim of HIV himself. "My Kill Play - When A Virus Hijacked The Roller Derby" is his expose of one side of the sport that few have been privy to. After all, this was in an era that Gay people had not yet liberated themselves. Some players hailed from anywhere; Wisconsin New York to Puerto Rico and were Gay and their television viewers had no knowledge of this fact, until now.

“My Kill Play” is the most revealing book about the Roller Derby since Tim Patten published “Roller Babes”, a runaway best seller. What gives this book instant credibility is the fact that the author not only was a pro derby player, but also was forced to undertake the battle of his life...a battle against AIDS. Tim has proven himself to be a survivor, but it was not easy. He chronicles his battle to emerge from the dark cloud of this serious illness while also providing an eye opening look into the private lives of many of his friends and fellow roller derby athletes.

Readers report that they were quite moved by this story. Tim was able to pair desperation with hope as he narrates this story. To this day, there are still millions of Roller Derby fans all around the world. This story is as much for them as it is a way for Tim to purge himself of his pen name --- Todd Peterson. "My Kill Play" was a story waiting to be told. After 35 years in the recesses of Tim’s mind, it is time to share this remarkable tale of survival with all the world. There are 246 pages of pure reading enjoyment. Reader Reviews have been phenomenal. Terri Fox, a Verified Reader, left these comments: “Mr. Patten has written an excellent memoir about his days as a Roller Derby skater. It chronicles the early days of the AIDS epidemic and how it affected the sport. Patten gives a unique insight of the game and how it is played. This book is a must read for any Derby fan.”

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