Today I am interviewing Pamela Murdaugh-Smith, author of the new fantasy thriller omnibus, A Biker Saga: The Novel, which is the abridged edition of her trilogy, A Biker Saga.
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DJ: Hey Pamela! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Pamela Murdaugh-Smith: Hi DJ! It’s a pleasure to be here, thank you for the invitation and the opportunity to talk about my work. Let’s see… I was born and raised in the south, been married for twenty-seven years, and have two children. The four of us are all members of the biker community, so naturally, the characters in my stories are bikers. Not the 1% outlaw bikers the general public is accustomed to hearing about in the media, nor the MC Romance biker-hunks that many readers enjoy, my books feature 99% bikers. Those who ride, live and love by their own rules. Of course, just like real life, the proverbial ‘ragged outlaw bikers’ almost always seem to make an appearance 🙂
DJ: What is A Biker Saga about?
Pamela: It’s a compelling tale of family survival. A story about a biker family known as the GGS, who through no fault of their own, find themselves the prime target during an unsolicited war against bikers. The founder of their club, having been through ‘The Troubles’ across the pond and a war in the US, has spent decades building a self-sufficient safe haven, including a near replica of his ancestral castle in Ireland. Having first hand knowledge of what is possible when things go wrong in the world, they chose to live off the grid, preparing themselves for whatever may come. Book one introduces you to the main characters just days after losing their beloved founder in an accident. Before they can work through their grief, it becomes clear that random people within the biker community are being abducted, tortured and held hostage. As the GGS strives to uncover the mystery of why this is happening and who is behind it, they discover that the same unknown enemy terrorizing motorcycle clubs, is suddenly hell bent on destroying the GGS and seizing their fortress. As the story unfolds, secrets are revealed that threaten to divide the family. Paranormal visions and sightings begin to occur… You know what DJ, to keep from giving too much away, I’ll just leave your readers with this:
Imagine a castle… occupied by bikers. Now toss in two lovers, with a splash of deceit. Add a title, three jesters, and a fortress full of loyal characters. Mix with equal parts madman, power, and cold revenge. Slowly stir in a war, a political takeover, a host of faeries, one familiar wizard, and a dash of fiery dragon. Boil until greenish mist appears, and simmer before reading.
DJ: What were some of your influences for A Biker Saga?
Pamela: The story came about in a rather strange way. I didn’t sit down to write a book. I sat down to write a journal. To make note of the many, unique characters we have met through the years, the stories we’ve been told, the events and experiences we have witnessed and/or lived. Before I knew it, imagination had taken over and ‘A Biker Saga’ was born. I always knew the day would come when I would write a book, I just wasn’t expecting it when it actually happened!
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?
Pamela: I’ll start with ‘Slider’, the founder of the club. Although the story begins with his demise, Slider remains a solid fixture to the end. The epitome of a true Irishman, he’s jovial yet stern, shrewd yet giving, loving yet fierce, but most of all he’s a realist. The man plans everything and forgets nothing.
Next comes his only heir, Stax. Born in the bosom of the club, she was raised by a doting father who never allowed even the slightest mention of her mother. A capable, strong-willed woman, she rides her own motorcycle and enjoys her personal freedom. Slider’s sudden death shakes her to the core and takes her down a rough road of uncertainty.
Then there’s Strangler, the club’s VP and Stax’s lover. Hardcore to be sure, he’s an intelligent soul who has an uncanny way of reading people. A man’s-man, so to speak. Strangler, who is haunted by his past, ultimately found his place in life the day he hooked up with Stax. The way they speak to each other can make one think they are angry or fighting, but not to worry, it’s just their passion showing.
Finally… the infamous, ‘Gaelic Trio’, rounds out the Original Four. These men were Slider’s life long companions. Serving together on both sides of the pond, they’ve had each others back for decades. There is Moby, lover of women, trickster by trade. Then there’s Rage, tall, menacing, intolerant of ignorance. And Griff, a troubled but loyal soul, who ferociously protects those he loves. Together, they are a sly, wily, pack of jokesters with a thousand mile stare. Separate, they… wait, what am I saying… everyone knows the Gaelic Trio is inseparable!
DJ: What is the world or setting of A Biker Saga like?
Pamela: The story occurs in sunny Florida, which offers perfect year ’round riding weather, and of course, our mysterious family of Gaels always feel right at home surrounded by the ocean.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing A Biker Saga?
Pamela: Losing myself in a world of my own creation. For me, it was an intimate labor of love. I couldn’t wait to sit down and find out what was going to happen next!
DJ: What was your goal when you began writing A Biker Saga? Is there a particular message or meaning you are hoping to get across when readers finish it? Or is there perhaps a certain theme to the story?
Pamela: Since the characters are survivalist, one message that comes through loud and clear is; Be prepared for the day when things go south! Ultimately, the one message I strive to convey through all of my books is this; 99% of all bikers are good people. We are solid citizens, no different than you and yours. As bikers, we enjoy the experience that comes with two-wheel transportation, but we also have children, careers, and dreams. We care about the community we live in, just like the next guy. We work, read, shop, and pay our bills and taxes just like every other citizen. The media focuses on the ‘outlaw biker’ which unfortunately reflects on us all. It’s discouraging when people look at you like you are about to eat their children just because you’re on two wheels, wearing safety gear. We don’t wear our leathers for fashion, or to give the impression we are something we’re not. We wear them because they are the only thing between us and the asphalt below.
DJ: I’m always curious when authors finish a series, how close to the original course they stayed when it is finally completed or if it ended up evolving and changing. Did the plot stay the same as you had first imagined it? How about the ending? The evolution of your characters?
Pamela: ‘A Biker Saga: GGS‘ was my first book, and the truth is, I really had no expectations, other than I knew I wanted to weave some of our real life stories into my character’s lives. I had no solid storyline in mind, I literally allowed the plot to unfold with each tap of the keyboard. When book two came about, the basic plot had been set, the story was flowing, and the characters were deeply involved in the acts of survival and discovery. As the danger increased, difficult choices had to be made. Secrets were grudgingly revealed within the club, and the characters reacted to the pressure in unexpected ways. I did give much thought to book three, and had a basic ending in my head, but once I wrote the first several chapters, my plan disappeared. The story took an unexpected, and rather twisted, direction and I just followed the flow. The ending so surprising, it even caught me off guard!
DJ: When I read, I love to collect quotes – whether it be because they’re funny, foodie, or have a personal meaning to me. Do you have any favorite quotes from A Biker Saga that you can share with us?
Pamela: This one is very personal to me, in real life this is our family motto. I wanted to share it with the readers, so I wrote it in as the club’s motto.
“If you surround yourself with good souls,
You will never be alone,
You will always be loved,
And you can get through anything.”
Another of my favorite quotes comes from Stax as she struggles to cope with the sudden loss of her father:
“Baby steps.” she whispered to the mirror, “Heartbeat by heartbeat, minute by minute, hour by hour, I will get through this.”
DJ: Now that A Biker Saga: The Novel has been released, what is next for you?
Pamela: The book I am working on now will be my first non-fiction. Tentatively titled, ‘Sisters of the Wind’, I hope to encourage women to step out of their comfort zone, embrace their personal freedom, and learn to ride their own. This is a life-changing experience, and on the other side of that MC endorsement is a sisterhood waiting to accept, encourage and support every woman who steps out and fulfills her dream. For the last seven or eight months, I have been receiving emails from women who ride from all over the globe. Women who, despite what they’ve been through, have managed to muster their inner strength, put aside self-doubt and fear, and prove to themselves they are capable of choosing their own direction. Each letter I receive, no matter how short, will have a place in the book. And DJ, you would be astounded at how many of these women were in their 50’s and 60’s before they took control of their lives and decided to learn to ride a motorcycle. I’ve even heard from a few women in their 70’s!
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Pamela: At any of the links below. By the way, if you have female readers who want to share their own journey and have it added to the book, they are welcome to submit their story depicting when, why and how they learned to ride by using the email on my website.
Author Website: http://www.ggshc.webs.com
Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/pms
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about A Biker Saga: The Novel that we haven’t talked about yet?
Pamela: If your readers are looking for a unique story, one that encompasses multiple genres, they might find what they are looking for in ‘A Biker Saga:The Novel‘. If they are the type of reader who enjoys learning more details about the characters, then reading the individual books of the series will offer the extra insight, as opposed to the abridged edition.
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
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Imagine a castle… occupied by bikers. Now toss in two lovers, with a splash of deceit. Add a title, three jesters, and a fortress full of loyal characters. Mix with equal parts madman, power, and cold revenge. Slowly stir in a war, a political takeover, a host of faeries, one familiar wizard, and a dash of fiery dragon. Boil until greenish mist appears, then simmer for several minutes before reading.
Recipe yields: One Epic Biker Tale
A New breed of biker
A Unique type of club
A Way of life to die for
Surviving off the grid, the biker club known as the GGS has spent several, peaceful decades building their safe haven. When the unexpected death of their beloved founder, Slider, throws them into the epicenter of a vicious war which they want no part of, his strong-willed daughter Stax and her complicated lover Strangler, must set aside their grief and step up to take control.
As the world looks on, battle weary outlaw bikers join forces with the GGS, relying on Slider’s foresight to see them through. Strangler disappears, forcing Stax to make an unprecedented decision. Determined to find her man and lead her people, she claims to have experienced a paranormal vision, causing those closest to her to question her sanity. Unexplainable happenings begin to occur inside the fortress as the enemy continues to advance.
Inside a fortress under lock-down, bikers work together to save tortured hostages, themselves, and the fate of the free world from a powerful, political agenda put in motion by a twisted, ruthless madman. As they face the final onslaught, the world waits in fear, hoping the bikers will find a way to end the war, and ride out of there alive.
Pamela prefers to be in the wind surrounded by like minded souls. She enjoys riding, listening to country, southern and classic rock, socializing and writing. Born and raised in the South, she now lives in the Midwest with her husband of twenty-six years. They put their Harley in the wind and ride to Rallies, enter Poker Runs and participate in Benefits every chance they get. Her first series, A Biker Saga, is a biker family trilogy unlike any you’ve read before. She takes great pleasure in writing non-traditional Biker Fiction for those who Ride, Love and Live by their own rules.