Biker journalist and author Amy Irene White tells what it's like to grow up a small town girl in Arkansas and become a biker, journalist and author. She also details what it's like to be 90 percent deaf, and have life threatening lupus, and the fight she goes through to still ride her Harley.
Wicked Bitch by Amy Irene White
Wicked Bitch by Amy Irene White
i am amy white.... i live in sheridan, and i ride a heritage softtail nostalgia. i am 90 percent deaf and i take chemo for life threatening lupus. i am a contributing author to "biker chicks" by arthur veno, and was chosen out of 200 women to be the one to write a book to sell as art's sequel. i recently published my first full length book, "Wicked Bitch"... it is a biography, telling what its like to grow up a little girl in arkansas and grow into a freelance biker journalist writing ten years for easyriders, in the wind, biker, and v-twin. it will make you laugh and cry and want to go outside and crank your bike and hit the road. any support i receive from any of you would be much appreciated since i self published my book... i am going to get on my sixteen yr old harley in august, and make that ride to south dakota one more marvelous time, to show everyone that i AM the person who i wrote about in this book, the woman who picks herself up and gets back on that bike, no matter what life throws at her.
“She arrives in all her splendor…” There are those that would say I am a whore. Many say I am a bitch. Some would call me a home wrecker, mechanic, nut, hip-pie, artist, gold digger, and thankfully, a biker. I think I simply agree with Tennyson that the happiness of man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions. I also agree with Mae West, a hard man is good to find. I am larger than life. I am a rock star. I have never aspired to second place. I am a boy. I am a temptress. I am meaner than nine rat-tlesnakes and a sawed off shot gun. I can fly thru air weightless and free, from a dirty little kid with scabby knees screaming down the twisty steep hills in front of my dad’s shop on a three speed bicycle to a leather clad goddess raping thousands of miles of highways with the thunder of two wheeled dragons. I generally offer my opinions for anyone who will listen, usually adorned with more four letter words than any seasoned sailor could conquer.. I believe in God and weep at the wonder of him as I cross the Great Divide, gaze across the hills of Kentucky, smell a puppy‘s breath or watch a newborn baby open its eyes… I am the wicked witch on her broomstick when I take my Harley on a midnight, moonlight ride. I am Scarlett O’Hara stomping over men like Sherman through Atlanta, claiming as my God given southern right to fiddle dee dee wherever I please. I am a honky tonk angel and a southern Baptist deacon’s daughter. I can tell you down to the most precise second how to make blackberry plum jelly, turnip greens and fatback, or smooth corn moonshine, and can rattle off the timing on a Chevy 350 or the paint code for Plum Crazy on a 1974 Charger. I devour novels of every form and fashion, and men as well. I ride Harley Davidson, and only, Harley Davidson motorcycles. I am ninety percent deaf. I drip diamonds like Eva Gabor in cut off overalls and dirty bare feet, picking black eyed peas or painting a hot rod. I swig 100 proof Kentucky bourbon straight out of the bottle and smoke 2 packs of camels a day. I am dying rather swiftly at age 35 of autoimmune diseases. A select few think I am heaven sent.. I reckon the sources of my inspiration and adventures are aroused by someplace a good bit warmer than that...
Bill Hayes, author
"Wicked Bitch screams through the backdrop of the real south just the way the moonshiners and the booze runners did in their hot rod Fords a generation ago--hammer down and to hell with anything that gets in their way!"
Bill Hayes, author of
The Original Wild Ones and
Bill "Press" Hayes
National Press & Publicity Officer
Dave Nichols, Editor of Easyriders
"Amy White’s Wicked Bitch is a white-knuckle, runaway ride on a motorcycle on fire; a white trash
manifesto that hits like a crowbar to the brainpan and goes down with all the subtlety of a straight
shot of whiskey. Dripping with pickup truck sex and sung to the tune of red, white and blue rock
‘n’ roll with a southern twang, Wicked Bitch is an American love story told in a smoky roadhouse;
the true story of a biker woman who will not rest until she spits in the devil’s eye."
Editor Easyriders & V-Twin Magazine
Paisano Publications, LLC
Introduction by Arthur Veno, Ph.D.
Wicked Bitch is the amazing autobiography of a truly colourful and amazing character whose lair is located in the heart of biker culture. Amy (the wicked bitch) White writes her account of her life experiences in the characteristic vividness and deep story lines which remind the reader of the many wonderful Southern writers who have preceded her.
Born into an Arkansas family, she learned early to cope with adversity, hardship and poverty. Her family lineage gives one the first indicator of just who we are dealing with. She comes from a family of incredibly strong and determined women who were rumoured to be witches and bitches due to their highly eccentric lifestyles and attitudes spanning many generations of her Arkansas family.
Her accounts of her early, formative years gives readers a wonderful insight of growing up in hill billy country Arkansas and leaves readers with the crystal clear cultural factors which spawn the very rare woman she is to become.
Her father recognized his little girl’s talents early in life and she became his shadow... painting, body work, mechanics and respite from her horribly injured Mother’s verbal and physical problems created in her a love of the masculine. She is a Man’s woman and this shines through her story.
Her early years were spent spray painting cars and working with other toxic materials with her larger than life father. His baby girl had inherited from her mother’s side of the family a genetic disorder which is gradually causing her to go deaf. However, song is always with her and her writings capture the ‘head talk’ of songs which richly permeates her writings. The readers get to hear just what song is in her head as the rich tapestry of her life is hung out before us.
Some of us will not recognize any of the songs, others some and the majority will recognize all. This extremely unusual writing style was refreshing to this reader, providing changes in mood, tone and ambiance as the songs which fill her heart and soul are hinted at throughout this wonderful autobiography.
The book made me laugh (see Steve’s actions at the Gulfport rally and crawdad festival for an example), cry (see her diagnoses of Lupus) and come to the awareness that from adversity comes strength and character.
The toxic fumes she breathed while working with her Daddy and on her own creations completely ruined her immune system and she now suffers from a medical condition called Multiple Connective Tissue Disorder, which means she has several autoimmune disorders, including life-threatening Lupus. While this is perhaps one of the most devastating diseases on this planet, Amy transcends the disease by taking constant chemo-therapy. Once she was able to pull herself together from the Lupus and learned to live in her ever silencing world; I again found myself saying in my own mind “Go on Amy, you can do it girl,” when she finally gets back onto her Road King after several years of total incapacitation from Lupus.
Oh, she can be tough, a cyber bully in her own terms; she can kick ass in person too, be ever so sweet (watch out for her then!) – But most of all she has a huge heart, a zest for life which is truly inspirational and a great friend – always making time to help those who are in situations similar to herself.
The story of the Wicked Bitch is a must read for many reasons. It is the first biker book written in the traditional Southern literary style; it is about accepting and being the best you can with the cards you have been dealt and, finally; it is an inspirational and outstanding read from an accomplished magazine writer and contributing author to several books who has chosen to lay it on the line and tell it like it is in one book.
Amy is truly a biker chick. The 1% tiny little tattoo on her shoulder had me confused at first. I wondered if she was associated with one of these clubs. However, I soon came to understand that Amy is truly a 1% er in life and passion for life. She is also a 1%er in her love for motorcycles and the raucous fun of a damned good rally.
This is the kind of book which has huge hairy behemoths from the clubs crying when they read it. Sometimes they are tears of sorrow; other times they are tears of joy. Women readers of the book, will, of course, have another take. There will still be the tears of joy and sorrow, but; it’s the manna which floors you gals as I am told by my missus. She is inspiration and living proof that love of life conquers all. Men come and go, the bike stays.
Thank you so much for letting me read your wonderful book and honouring me with the opportunity to write this forward. Go for it Girl! I can’t wait for the next one.
Arthur Veno, Ph.D.
Professor of Criminology and Psychology
Author of The Brotherhoods: Inside outlaw motorcycle clubs 2002, 2003, 2009), co-author Biker Chicks: The magnetic attraction of women to bad boys and big motorcycles (2009) and several other popular books.
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