Maybe you’ve read books with the bad-boy biker character. You know – the one with the thirst for adventure and the body to die for? The one the girl tries so hard to resist… but he sweeps her off her feet (literally, on two wheels) without even trying!
I’ve been a biker chick for over 20 years and let me tell you – there IS something sexy about a man in leather. And something inherently fascinating about biker gangs (just look at the popularity of the TV show “Sons of Anarchy”).
But how often do you hear of a biker CHICK in romance? Not nearly as often.
After my second novel came out (True Surrender) friends asked: “why don’t you ever write bikers into your stories?” (They knew that motorcycling is a big part of my life and even my work/family business.)
Truthfully, I was a little intimidated by the idea. Contrary to the stereotypical biker character you often see on the page, REAL bikers are complex, complicated people… with a REAL streak of rebel and adventure deep in their souls. If I were going to write about them, I wanted to write them WELL.
When I started writing Take Two: a Hollywood Romance, I knew that Gina (the Hollywood director/single mother heroine) rode a Harley-Davidson, but I didn’t emphasize the fact.
But then a funny thing happened – one of those twists in life that you know (as you look back) was NOT a coincidence.
I was finishing my second music video, “Cool Rider,” which (as you might guess) tells a girl-meets-biker, girl-wants-biker, girl-gets-biker story (original MTV-style, it was great fun, check it out). I had this idea of incorporating real-life biker photos into the video, so I posted on some women-rider forums.
I got stories and pictures from women all over, and I realized: the heck with my personal hesitations. It was time to write these women bikers’ stories.
Gina’s Harley now features prominently in the romance between Gina and actor Zachariah Davies, as well as Zac’s personal transformation that starts when he’s poisoned on the set.
And it turns out it’s not over: Gina has three lady biker friends whose stories need to be told!
You might say that Willow is the “bad boy/girl” biker. Andie is the goody-two-shoes. And Sabrina is the mothering type. Their personalities are as different as night and day. But their passion for motorcycling translates into a love for each other. In fact, when I saw this photo by Lanakila MacNaughton, I saw Gina and her friends.
And it gets even better! In the fall of 2014, I released my first novella, A Biker’s Kiss, featuring a motorcycle-riding hero (Vince) who learns the joys of – you guessed it – kissing!
I’m having a ball writing about bikers (currently working on Lady Biker #2 – Andie’s story) – and, of course, sneaking in as may rides of my own as possible!