How My Love of Motorcyles Led to Me to Write Books

Local Author Don Gately of Valencia. Courtesy photo
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By Don Gately, Valencia Community Contributor

 

Cover of A Way with Women by Valencia author Don Gately. Courtesy photo

A long time ago I got the chance to write a monthly column for a motorcycle magazine.  That led me to contribute stories to other motorcycle magazines.  Then I was given the opportunity to publish the best of these pieces in a book we called Over the Handlebars (the name of the monthly column).

I realized that I really enjoy writing and even more so when I know there are people reading what I write.  And because I had been a motorcyclist since 1955, I thought it best to continue writing about what I knew the most about.  So my second book The Next Best Thing to Sex is a novel about motorcycle racing.

Next, I decided to spread my literary wings and write a novel about more than just motorcycling.   A Way with Women is about Rob White, a short order cook in Mississippi who rises to the head of a Los Angeles advertising agency by using women.  There is still some motorcycling, but mostly this is about “the sexy sixties”.   It was a culture-changing time – the pill, free love, swinging singles apartments, nude beaches, hippies, communes, Woodstock, demonstrations,  Vietnam, protest songs.

All Three books are available as ebooks, or paperbacks from Amazon.com/books.  Or, for more information, go to dongatelysbooks.com.

 

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