Okay, let’s talk about why I wrote Spanky’s Secret. Specifically, why I wrote a story set in an outlaw motorcycle club? Because Spanky’s Secret …
- Shines a light on discrimination — Discrimination paints with a broad brush, viewing people as a group; not as individuals. It assesses worth based on people’s performance—wealth, status, and education. And it stereotypes based on gender and race. Bikers, especially those in an MC, tend to keep to themselves; they want nothing to do with “citizens.” When the two worlds must mingle, such as at a gas station, the bikers will ignore the citizens as if they’re invisible. It’s not an action; it’s a reaction to the treatment they’ve received. I truly wish each of us could be known by how quickly we leap to accept and respect others, not for what we have in common but for the things that make us unique and for what we can learn from each other.
- Addresses social issues — I can’t reveal all the issues, but domestic violence is one of them. Another is how much it costs the members of law enforcement to run toward the chaos any sane person would run away from. The toll on them emotionally is crushing; first responders have some of the highest suicide rates in America.
- Illustrates what a strong woman may look like. — “Strong,” as it refers to women, is not synonymous with “bitch.” Strong women stand up for themselves and work past their fear when it comes to doing the hard things. They don’t tolerate disrespect and are confident enough in their womanhood to not be threatened by the masculinity in men. But they are also kind, helpful, and considerate of others.
- Illustrates the things I admire about men. — Why is it that men should connect with their feminine side when it’s not demanded of women to get in touch with their masculine side? Women are wired to be nurturers, peace-makers, and care-takers. Men are wired to be problem-solvers, protectors, providers, and builders. Granted, we have a generation of men who believe they are superior and have the right to control women; that is abuse. For me, I love to see men being men.
- Corrects the errors perpetuated by Hollywood and authors of “biker romance.” — Hollywood produced a riveting drama when it set a series in an outlaw motorcycle club; too bad it was all BS. That’s not how MCs operate. I’ll go into detail in a subsequent post dedicated to this. As for the other biker romance books out there, they’re a bit like Sons of Malarky meets Fifty Shades of Gray. Of the half-dozen authors whose bios I read, none of them mention any experience with motorcycles much less motorcycle clubs. It seems to me they’ve chosen a setting for “alpha males” to have sex with willing women; it’s soft porn. What disappoints me is the misconceptions they capitalize on.
Okay, your turn. Tell me watcha think.