Bikers and Pearls
by Vicki Wilkerson
Who said tempting a sweet Southern belle would be easy?
When rebel biker Bullworth Clayton gets tangled up with pastel-and-pearls-clad April Church, sparks fly. Sure, April would clearly rather work with anyone else, but if teaming up with Bull means a successful charity event for a sick little boy they both care about, then so be it.
April is baffled at how drawn she is to the leather-wearing, tattooed Bull—he just doesn’t fit with her simple, safe, country-club life. And as much as the handsomely rugged man tempts her, she still can’t shake the images of the tragic motorcycle accident from her past, which left her scarred and her father broken.
Bull tempts her to don a pair of leather pants and go for a ride with him, while April desperately tries to resist her attraction to the wild side and keep her exploits hidden from her small town. Will they be able to navigate their differences and find a middle road to love?
About the author: Vicki is a native of the Charleston, South Carolina, Lowcountry and loves to share her enchantment with the area with readers through her writing. Even in childhood, she enjoyed penning stories and poems—no doubt fueled by her grandfather's enthusiasm for telling tales himself. Where else—but in the South—could one find the interesting blend of salt water, eerie swamps, unwritten traditions and unique characters? In her spare time, she loves traveling, spending weekends at her family's lake house, playing golf and cooking (with lots of wine).
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If your book was made into a TV series or movie, what actors would you like to see playing your characters? Feel free to add pics.
Okay, this is a fun question. The hero would have to be played by Charlie Hunnam, who plays Jax in Sons of Anarchy. Yes, because he knows how to ride a Harley, and he already has that sexy, longer, mussed up hair. He’s the kind of guy you’d have to forgive no matter what he’s done in his past—just so you could sit and—um—look at him. Am I right? And the heroine’s role would go to Michelle Williams. She has a vulnerability and an innocence that make her perfect to play April. What opposites! They are who I think about when I think of April and Bullworth in Bikers and Pearls!
How long do you think about a story before starting to write the book?
I usually think about a story for approximately a month, taking notes, outlining it and doing research. Then it takes about a month to actually write the first draft, and then it takes several weeks before it’s in any kind of shape to be shown to anyone. My first drafts are story only. There is little dialogue and I don’t pay much attention to grammar either. I just let the story flow in that first draft. It is when I have the most fun as a writer.
Was there anything (or anyone) while growing up which helped you decide you wanted to be a writer?
Without knowing it, my grandfather did. I used to sit on his front porch and listen to him tell stories about all sorts of things—including some ghost stories I wish he hadn’t told me at the time. He’d fill them with all sorts of Southern folklore. He also sang folk songs. Though he didn’t have a singer’s voice, I loved the stories embedded in them. And when I looked for one, they had messages or themes in them, too.
Favorite childhood memory?
Well, that would be the answer from the previous question—sitting on my grandfather’s front porch!
Most __________ in High School?
“Most Unexpected to Write a Book.” I know that’s a strange answer because I was already writing and had been since I was a child. Stories, poems and songs came to me all the time. But I didn’t share that with ANY of my high school friends. I did, however, share my notebook of poems with my English teacher. And she lost it.
Anyway, in high school, I didn’t look like a stellar student. I took one book home on one day my senior year.
I was into fashion and friends and boys and parties. I was somehow learning, though. My senior English teacher taught me to love literature in spite of herself, and when I took the Princeton CLEP Test the next year, I “clepped” 30 hours of college credit! Holy Cow! Was I ever shocked! I started college as a sophomore.
But if my high school peers had to vote, they never would have guessed that I’d EVER write a book.
The irony and absurdity go on, though. Just before I became a “recovering English teacher,” I put in a couple of years at a struggling high school because I wanted to make a real difference before I gave up my teaching career for writing. In addition to hosting Student Superlative voting, the school hosted a vote for Teacher Superlatives. And guess what title I won? Best Dressed. What? Do I not look like a writer? And, BTW, I write in my pajamas. Not glamorous. At all.
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
A Southern Soul
Do you have a literary crush?
That would be Charles Frazier. What he did in Cold Mountain was revolutionary. And he’s pretty darn cute, too!
Talk or text?
Text for anything mundane. It eliminates the chit-chat that some people enjoy. When I am on deadline, listening to chit-chat is like listening to fingernails grating on chalkboards. For anything important, please call!