Today, we're joined by author Karla Akins. Before we get started, let me introduce you to Karla's new book The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots.
Pastor's wife, Kirstie Donovan, lives life in a fishbowl, so when she hops on the back of a bright pink motorcycle, tongues start to wag at the conservative, century-old First Independent Christian Community Church of Eels Falls. Kirstie loves roaring down a road less traveled by most women over forty, but she's not just riding her bike for the fun of it. Kirstie has a ministry. However, certain church members have secrets to hide, and when God uses Kirstie's ministry to fill the pews with leather-clad, tattooed bikers, those secrets could be exposed...and some will stop at nothing to hide the truth. Join Kirstie and her motorcycle "gang" - two church matrons and a mouthy, gum-smacking non-church member - as they discover that road-toughened bikers are quite capable of ministering to others, and faith is fortified in the most unexpected ways.
Thank you for joining me today, Karla. I’m so excited to talk about your new book The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots! I love the title. It’s definitely an attention getter.
Thanks, Candice. I am blessed that God was gracious to give me such a title. He gets all the credit!
Being a Hoosier myself, I love that the characters are from Indiana. What inspired you to write Biker Boots? Did any events from your own life spark the tale?
|Author Karla Akins|
I’ve read where your hosting a retreat at the end of August. Tell us about that.
Tell us about your bike.
My own bike isn’t a Harley. It doesn’t matter what you ride but that you ride. My budget doesn’t allow for a Harley at this time. However, my husband has a Harley and I get to ride his whenever I want. My own bike is a 2003 Suzuki Intruder. I love it because it fits me perfectly. I knew as soon as I sat on it that it was mine. There are so many beautiful bikes out there from all the metric dealerships and Harley. People tend to think that Harley is all American made and it is true they are assembled here but many parts come from Japan. Still, there is nothing like that rumble that is distinctly Harley. I do admit that sound makes my heart beat a little faster!
Can you share with us what you’re working on next?
I’m working on a historical novel entitled River Moon Don’t Cry set on a Mississippi steamboat in 1838 during the Trail of Tears Indian removal. I’m also dabbling with a little romance novel set in Athens, Greece, and I’m under contract to continue my series of “Brave Explorers Every Child Should Know” with Bramley Books. My next installment is Marco Polo. My real love in writing is history but the response from people regarding Biker Boots makes me think I’ll write another contemporary humorous again.
I know you’re a minister’s wife and as such I’m sure the road is tough at times,
as we read from Kirsten’s character. But I love your sense of humor, your writer’s voice, and how you made me feel every emotion possible through this story. Thank you for such a wonderful read.
Thanks so much, Candice for your kind words, for interviewing me here and for your support. What a blessing writer friends are!
Visit Karla's blog at www.karlaakins.com/blog for author interviews, contests, and to stay up-to-date with her newest books and adventures!
The winner will be announced at Karla's online launch party for Biker Boots on August 9th at 8pm EST. That night, she'll be giving away prizes every fifteen minutes! http://facebook.com/karlaakakins
See you there!