Today we're pleased to welcome author Joanna Wylde to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Joanna's newest release, Reaper's Legacy, is about a woman whose only way to protect her young son is to live with an outlaw biker gang. Joanna is here today to discuss the true role of women in motorcycle clubs. Thanks, Joanna!
Is it real?
I think that’s the first thing that readers wonder when they pick up a motorcycle club (MC) romance, and it’s a good question. MC culture is fascinating, terrifying and utterly foreign to the average reader—and right now it seems to be everywhere we look.
The recent boom in MC romances was probably sparked by the success of Sons of Anarchy, a show that follows the exploits of a fictional club in California. I know that’s how my interest started.
The first time I watched the show, I thought it was ridiculous. Motorcycle clubs are gangs—why on earth would they have officers or vote? Seriously—an official gang secretary? That was counter to everything I believed about gangs, and as a former journalist, I just couldn’t let it go. I had to start researching.