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Fort Wayne homeschool mom wears biker boots, pens novel

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Former homeschool mom, Karla Akins, has penned a novel about a homeschooling mother who finds peace and quiet on the back of a pink Harley.

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The main character in the story, Kirstie Donovan, is also a pastor's wife. When she learns to ride a motorcycle, tongues start to wag in the conservative small town of Eel Falls.

Akins drew upon her experiences both as a homeschooling parent and pastor's wife, but she insists the book is not autobiographical.

However, Hoosiers will recognize familiar towns such as Wabash, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. And Eel Falls bears a striking resemblance to Akins' hometown of North Manchester.

Other characters in the book include a son with autism, and Akins is also the parent of twins with autism.

The book focuses on the poignant, yet hilarious escapades of a pastor's wife, her family and feisty congregation.

Akins herself rides her own motorcycle. She learned to ride at the age of 47 in order to spend more time with her husband and son doing something they enjoyed. Since learning to ride the author has traveled from her northeast Indiana home as far north as Mackinac Island and as far south as Deal's Gap in North Carolina, where she conquered the infamous dragon--318 curves in eleven miles.

Akins' book is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

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