Riding with the Harley Dogs: One Author’s Adventure

Barbara Vey -- July 22nd, 2008

The Accidental Demon Slayer
I’m on my way to Comic Con in San Diego, but I’m proud to pass the blog torch to an amazing author who manages to mix Harley’s, dogs, biker witches and demon slayers.  Congratulations and deepest thanks to Angie Fox for her winning bid to Brenda Novak’s Diabetes Auction.  Now the one and only guest blogger ever on Beyond Her Book…(drum roll please)…Angie Fox.
  
I’d always known writing would be an adventure, but 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. 
                                                  
Author Angie Fox

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 The Accidental Demon Slayer as real as it can 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 from The Accidental Demon Slayer 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. 
 

The Accidental Demon Slayer is a new release from Dorchester Publishing.  
                                

Take the What’s Your Biker Witch Name? quiz and enter to have your real name in Angie’s next book.

You can enter by clicking here.

Bottom Line:  My Biker Witch name is Spaghetti Neck Stella Uni-Brow.  Yes, I’ve just made the appointment to get my eyebrow waxed (and separated)

38 thoughts on “Riding with the Harley Dogs: One Author’s Adventure

  1. Shari Anton

    Sounds like you had a great time with the research, Amy! We never tried to put our golden retriever on the back of the dh’s Harley, which works for me because that’s where I ride :) .

  2. Angie Fox

    Chances are, your 11 month old dog would love it. It was so much fun to watch these dogs light up at the idea of hopping onto Harleys. It’s like a doggie dream – wind in your face all the time. I sure had a ball with this research, and the book.

  3. Emily Howard

    I agree with Brandy, the “Doggles” were adorable. But knowing my miniature Schnauzer, Buddy, they would be off him in about 2 seconds flat. I took the find your biker name quiz, so here it is! Fast Frankie Steel Butt. Interesting choice, but I think it’s great! Thanks for the Guest Blog, it was great hearing about your new book, and the experiences that you went through to get it to be the best it could be.

  4. Jaci Burton

    Great blog and great research Angie!. I don’t think any of our 5 dogs would want to ride on the back of our Harley, but that’s where I ride anyway. I have a biker series too and love researching the biker culture!

  5. Jorge Feria

    I was just talking about this with a friend today, I couldn’t agree more with some of your points. I would like to add your news feed to my biker site but cannot find it, do you have one available? I will check back later for your reply. Thanks a bunch!

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