The RT office is abuzz about Tamara Morgan's second in her Getting Physical series, The Derby Girl, out now from Carina. But who are these derby girls, we wondered — out loud, Carrie Bradshaw style — are they like us? Surely not! Well, we talked to Tamara herself, and she set us straight, derby girl style.
The first time I saw a derby girl in real life was at my city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Wedged between the cement truck carrying the mayor and a group of Girl Scouts throwing candy were about a dozen fierce-looking women on roller skates. They skated around the crowd, handing out flyers in ripped fishnet tights, clunky knee pads, and short skirts — the whole derby package — despite the fact that it was about five degrees outside at the time.
That should have been my first clue that roller derby girls weren’t your average sort of athlete.