Roller Derby Book, Interview and Competition

Posted on 4th October, by Martin in Roller Derby. No Comments

Troll or Roller Derby Book Cover

Hello fellow skaters, book lovers and competition enthusiasts.

We have a treat for you. The Lovley Red Tash (author and derby skater) is giving you the chance to win a copy of her NEW BOOK!!!

She very generously took the time out to speak to us about writing and of course Roller Derby.

Read on for the full interview. Details at the end of the interview to enter the competition.

 Interview with Red Tash —————

Thanks very much for taking the time to do this.

I see that your book is getting 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon! That’s very impressive are you pleased with how people are responding to your book “Troll or Derby”?

Couldn’t be more pleased! The only thing that would make me happier would be to see the book take off, for the roller derby community to notice it and embrace it. A few of the skaters have read it and loved it thousands more to go!

How long have you been a writer?

For literally ever. I was that kid who heard voices, only in my case they never told me what to do. They just narrated everything I did as it happened. Eventually I learned to write so I could just write it all down! I became a journalist after I gave a good-paying ‘fallback’ career a shot. My heart was never in bookkeeping. More into bookwriting. :)

What do you love about being a writer?

Oh, the freedom to make up outrageous lies and pass them off as entertainment, I suppose! Since I don’t skate derby anymore, I love the experience of reliving skating through my work. I also love imagining fairies and trolls into every day life.

So where did the inspiration for the Troll or Derby™ book come from?

Well, I was writing a book about a troll who dealt drugs and a teenage girl who was hooked on meth. At least, that’s what I thought I was going to write. Then I started playing roller derby and had to put the book on hold. Derby just took every ounce of energy and attention from my life! It wasn’t until I was injured that I started working on the book again that I realized I really had a more positive story to tell about some edgy characters in a difficult situation. In that way, it was a lot more like writing real life than it was a fantasy, but I enjoyed using the fantasy characters to tell that story, if you know what I mean. I felt like ‘Hey, maybe these characters are having a tough time with drug dealers or awful love interests, but at least at the end of the day they get to fly and fire crossbows and be part of the most gruesome mosh pit of all time.’

People are falling in love with your book. The reviews are awesome!!

I have already recommended this book to people, and I will continue to do so.” J. McHugh

I hereby declare Red Tash as the new Queen of Trolldom. – Claudia Lefeve

What do you think the key is to writing a good book?

Storytelling, first and foremost. Pacing. Cliff-hangers. Characters that sound and feel real. People eat that stuff up. I think a lot of writers struggle with wanting to be perfect. Well, the people you really know in your life are less than perfect. Their grammar is off. They get mixed up on the details, their motivation is often questionable. I feel like there’s no such thing as a pure good guy or bad guy. Everybody loves a guilty pleasure, so write that! When I’m having fun writing, those are the scenes people love to read. I try to keep it fun.

Where can people get your book?

Amazon is the exclusive ebook distributor until December 2012. However, paperbacks are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble online, and several other online bookstores. There’s a list of links here: Thanks for asking!

How much of an impact has Roller Derby had on your life?

Oh, tons. It really was a challenge. I’d had some big challenges before that, like having a baby at home, or personal challenges in my life but roller derby was different. Not only did it take me outside my comfort zone of stay-at-home mom of three, but it challenged me physically in ways sports such as Tae Kwon Do or Karate never had. The dynamics of an entire team of rollergirls…just wow, man. I can’t even begin to describe that assimilation. I imagine joining the circus would be a similar kind of transition. And once you’ve been one of them, do you ever go back to passing for normal? I loved it, though. Derby was hardcore and I hadn’t been much of an athlete in my adult life due to a genetic disease that switched on in me during my 20s. Playing roller derby wasn’t just about getting in shape or meeting new people with different worldviews. It was being truly athletic for the first time in about 20 years. But I loved it, so it was worth it to me. No one can ever take that experience away from me.

Now that you are a former girl do you still see your old team mates and manage to get to games?

I see some of them! One of them just babysat my daughter yesterday while I went out for dinner with my husband! Others I stay in touch with online. Then there are those who defriended me from FB and haven’t spoken to me since. That hurts, I’m not going to lie. But women can be weird, sometimes.

Are there any useful resources that you can suggest for your roller derby readers that want to know more about the sport?

Well, I want to recommend that any queer, lesbian, gay, trans derbygirls-in-the-making tune into the Vagine Regime. It’s a great groups of queer skaters and they are just waiting to welcome you into their membership. Other than that, I’m not really up on the latest-greatest blogs in terms of technique and training and coaching and all that, but the derby blogs I read the most are and Of course your blog is lovely, as well!

Do you have any advice for want to be writers?

Take some writing classes. Not just Comp 101. Take some real classes in creative writing. Take poetry. Take journalism. Do all that and try writing for hire, as well. Freelancing teaches you pretty quickly whose satisfaction matters (hint: it’s not yours). The person you want to please is the audience. Your audience could be an editor or a reader or a targeted group of some kind. Learn to write for THEM. People who don’t like fantasy sometimes express surprise at how EXCITED my fans are about my work. I don’t try to write for people who don’t like fantasy. I don’t try to write for people who don’t like profanity, either. I write fast-paced, funny fantasy that you don’t want to put down that’s my goal. I keep these people up at night reading because that’s the experience they want. I honestly think too many writers are more concerned with what other writers think of them than they are in entertaining an audience. Don’t make your writing career be about how clever you are! Make it about pleasing the reader!

Thanks again for taking the time to chat to us.

Where can people find out more about you and stalk you if they want to?

Oh, thank YOU! Come on by I’m on Facebook a lot, too:

I want to leave all of the readers some more reviews from the book just so they know what they are missing out on if they don’t buy the book now.

This story is more than just a “pretty face”–it’s a story about a girl who, in dealing with a far from ideal world, learns that there is much more to her than she ever dreamed. I say “buy it.”S. Wachter

TROLL OR DERBY is a slammin’, jammin’, rockin’, tension-filled delight. Marian Allen

Troll or Derby is very exciting! I love the character Roller Deb. She shows such courage and fight, and I instantly fell in love with her.  Stacie L Wolfe



Email us with any questions regarding the competition. The closing date is the 31st October 2012 so don’t delay get yourself over there. It is a great read and well worth the seconds it takes to click those links.

Good luck!


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