To some people, my foray into the world of MC Romance may seem like a bit of a sudden one. I mean, I've written everything from sexy, Hollywood-themed bonkbusters to light-hearted romantic comedies, to a sweet little Christmas novella, but I've never really strayed into the slightly darker side of romance - until now. But why the biker romances? Is that purely because last summer we binge-watched 'Sons of Anarchy'? Well, that show did give me the kick up the backside I'd needed to finally write the kind of book I'd wanted to write for a long time, but the interest has always been there, for me. I've always been a bit of a frustrated biker chick (to the despair of my mother, who would much rather I'd been a Victoria Beckham clone), and I've always had a fascination with motorbikes - in particular, Harley Davidsons - and the men who ride them; the world they inhabit. It's always been there. I just wasn't brave enough to take the plunge and write those stories that had been sitting at the back of my mind for a while now. So I carried on writing the romcoms and the more conventional contemporary romances, even though I longed to try something just a little bit different.
|I've always had a fascination with Harleys...|
You see, I'm not and never have been a "girlie" girl. I mean, okay, I have a strange love of the colour pink, and I have no idea where that's come from but I might incorporate it into a tattoo one day. I've always been one to lean more towards the more "tomboyish" element inside me. For instance, when I was a kid I always wanted a chopper, but I never got one because my parents thought it was more of a boys' bike. Still gutted to this day that I never got to own one of those... And I have always wanted to ride a motorbike. The closest I've got to that, so far, is riding a snowmobile in Lapland a few years back, and I absolutely loved that experience. And all that did was fuel my fascination with motorbikes. But it's always been something I kind of pushed aside, because, in reality, I'm one of life's painfully shy people. And that world of bikes and beards and MCs was nothing but a distant dream for me. A world I felt I could never inhabit, even though a huge part of me would have loved to experience it, if only for a short time.
But, now that I've been writing for a while, and my confidence has grown a lot over the years, I can embrace the joys of what being a writer means - it means I can inhabit my own world. I can live out those dreams I didn't dare to think about before; be the people I want to be inside a place I've created. And that's what I did when I wrote Revolution, book #1 in the Lone Riders MC Series, which was released last October.
It was a book I just adored writing, because it was as if, suddenly, every fantasy, every hidden dream I'd always had about this world I couldn't get close to before was finally being allowed to run free!
So, my foray into the world of MC Romance hasn't really been a spur-of-the-moment thing just because I became slightly obsessed with Charlie Hunnam on a Harley... I mean, let's face it, who wouldn't be? But, no, it wasn't all down to him. I was always more of a Chibs girl myself, anyway... Sorry. Got a bit sidetracked there... The reason I started writing MC Romances was because I dared myself to take another, new direction in my writing journey, and see where that one takes me. And because I love creating hot, sexy, tattooed bad boys, and strong, sassy, kick-ass biker babes. What other reason do I need?
Revolution - book #1 in The Lone Riders MC Series is available to download now from Amazon.