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Those Diner and Motorcycle Guys Garrison and Ralph interview motorcyclist and travel writer Carla King.
Carla King’s “Motorcycle Misadventures” began when she was 14 years old in rural North Carolina. Carla identified the broken down old Honda Enduro in the barn as her escape vehicle and her dad said "If you can fix it you can ride it." And so her two-wheeled life journey began. In 1995,Carla did a 4-month stint as a test rider for Ural America during their R&D phase. testing and improving the bike for the American market. What eventually became the “Motorcycle Misadventures” series continued in China, India, Europe, and Africa on other cranky indigenous motorcycles like the Chinese Chang Jiang and the Royal Enfield Bullet. On the way, she’s authored many free ebooks, like Motorcycling for Beginners, and she’s been published in anthologies, like the great Travelers' Tales series and In Search of Adventure, as well as in newspapers and magazines.
When Carla returned home from China, she was invited to join a notorious writing group, the Wild Writing Women, twelve women adventure travel writers in the San Francisco Bay Area who met once monthly to workshop their stories, make dinner, drink and laugh and commiserate. They self-published Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel, which was an instant hit, so much so that it was picked up by a New York publishing house the following year and is now a classic. Carla then met Lisa Alpine, a travel and writing partner, and they founded Self-Publishing Boot Camp in 2010 which has grown continuously. Carla King is in demand now as a speaker at writing conferences and she is now the self-publishing columnist for PBS MediaShift.
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