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Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday Spotlight: Angie Fox

Riding with the Harley Dogs: One Author’s Adventure

I always knew writing would be an adventure. Still, I never predicted my writing would put me on the back of a coal black Harley Davidson, with an Irish Setter in tow.

I’d set out to write a paranormal about a straight-laced preschool teacher turned demon slayer who has to run off with a gang of geriatric biker witches. But my heroine has a smart-mouthed dog that, thanks to her new powers, can talk…and talk…and talk. And I really loved that dog. What’s a writer to do? Well, I went online and learned that there is a nationwide club of Harley bikers who ride with their dogs. So my heroine could have her pink Harley, and her Jack Russell Terrier too.

And of course I had to meet these Harley riding dog lovers. I called up a few of the members of a Biker Dogs Motorcycle Club and the adventure began. They invited me into their homes, introduced me to their dogs and, like my heroine, the bikers hoisted me up on the back of a Harley, with a dog in tow.

Things I learned right off the bat:

* After an hour on a Harley, you’ll walk like John Wayne for a week
* Helmets hurt when they are worn backwards
* Dogs love riding motorcycles



Stone, the biker who spent the most time making sure I didn’t fall off his hog, showed me how to ride, invited me to some biker rallies (note to self: don’t wear pink next time), and helped make A Tale of Two Demon Slayers as real as it could be (for a book about a somewhat sheltered preschool teacher turned demon slayer).

So just when I thought I was writing fiction, it seemed my made-up characters weren’t so imaginary after all. One of the bikers I met even has a wife who is a biker witch. I’m wondering if she, like my heroine’s biker witch grandma, wears a “Kiss My Asphalt” t-shirt and carries a carpet bag full of Smuckers jars filled with magic. Maybe I’ll find out on my next adventure.

7 comments:

booklover0226 said...

I think it is great how you researched for this book. It sounds like more fun than sitting in a stuffy library, pouring over history books!

Thanks,
Tracey D

susan said...

Angie I loved this article and love my biker's shirt. My hubby loves it too and we take turns wearing it. Maybe I can get lucky and win one for him too. ha I entered your contest in hopes to be lucky. ha ha If not I am still glad to be here. Your are one great writer. susan L.

robynl said...

the t-shirt sounds cool; intersting post.

chey said...

Very interesting research!

Angie Fox said...

LOL Yes, I do recommend hanging with Harley riders over doing the stuffy kind of research. Lots more wind in your hair. Plus there are so many great stories that will never make it into the books, but that were such a kick to hear.

Angie Fox said...

Glad you're enjoying your Kiss My Asphalt tee, Susan! I'm having a lot of fun with those too.

Virginia C said...

A great post! I had an Irish Setter named "Brandy". She was a very beautiful, sweet dog!

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