Roller Derby Skater – Tyra Durden
formerly of Derby City Rollergirls
Author of Troll Or Derby, a Young Adult / Teen roller derby adventure with fairies and trolls!
What are your books about?
In TROLL OR DERBY, fifteen year old Roller Deb is singled out by town bullies for both her skates, and for being different. When her popular homecoming queen of a sister is kidnapped by a scuzzy drug dealer, Deb must flee the trailer park in which she’s grown up, and rescue her. Along the way, Deb becomes enmeshed in the magical realm of trolls and fairies, and the blood-thirsty version of roller derby at which these beings excel. But spending too much time among the fairies comes with a price. Will Deb choose to save her sister, with the aid of a mysterious troll? Or will she be lost to the lures of roller derby, and the blonde temptress April, forever?
Where can we find out more?
(Regularly $4.99, but will be going on sale for $.99 8/31-9/3/12. Paperback $10.99)
How long have you been skating?
I skated for a couple of years, then did NSO stuff. Right now I’m looking into Derby Lite.
Why did you get involved in roller derby?
I couldn’t fight it. Within hours of discovering it existed, I was hooked. I can’t explain. Why does anyone fall in love? It was meant to be!
How often do you practice?
I used to skate 3 or 4 days per week. Now I write every day. I hope to start teaching Derby Lite 1 or 2 days a week, depending on how much interest there is.
What Pads do you use?
I have some triple 8s somewhere, but will probably get something new if I do go ahead with the Derby Lite training.
What Helmet do you use?
No idea. red one.
What skates do you use?
What were your first pair of skates?
When I was a kid I had this pair of white boot rollerskates with the pom poms on the front. I used to skate to ‘Dancing Queen’ on my back porch and act it out with the hand motions and everything.
Where did your nick name come from?
Tyler Durden, of Fight Club. Perfect fit.
What is your favourite part about being a Roller girl?
I miss a lot about it. I miss the skating, most of all. I miss the whips, the pushes, and even the hitting. I miss the team, the friendships, the other rollergirls. I guess that’s why I write about it, too. It’s a way of putting myself back on a team, even if it is a team of notorious fairies and trolls who are up to no good.
Any top tips for up and coming Derby Superstars?
Skate clockwise as often as possible. Your back and hips will thank you in the long run Buy better bearings ASAP. Cross-train!!!
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