TORONTO -- Kerri Krysko is a beauty who spent more than a decade in the belly of the beast, trapped in an allegedly abusive relationship with a full-patch member of the Hells Angels in B.C.
The mother of two finally found the strength to break free in 2009 and last year, hoping to help others, she wrote an inspirational self-published book entitled, Kerri On, that became a national best-seller.
Now she's well into writing her second book -- Kerri-ed Away -- which promises to delve deeper into the seedy underbelly of the world's most notorious outlaw motorcycle gang.
"This is my book of strength; it's where I fight back," Krysko told QMI Agency during a recent visit to Toronto. "And it's going to be a home run."
In her first book, she avoided spilling club secrets -- not out of fear, or a lingering sense of loyalty to the motorcycle club -- but because she felt they weren't her secrets to share.
"It wasn't written to bastardize the club," Krysko said. "I wrote it to help others."
She instead focused on her life leading up to the marriage proposal from her ex-husband, who she identifies only by the pseudonym Damien but also refers to as "the Beast."
"He is one of the most notorious Hells Angels on the West Coast," Krysko said, adding her ex belongs to "one of the richest chapters in the world."
Kerri On begins with her childhood in Alberta and B.C., which she claims was abusive and resulted in her leaving home at 15 to be with a man in his early 20s.
That relationship, which ended with Krysko running for her life, was the first of many bad choices that ultimately led her into Damien's arms.
Many of those choices are recounted in her first book -- often in disturbingly vivid detail.
After becoming pregnant at 18 with her first child, Krysko moved in with a man who was a friend of the baby's father and things were good for a while.
Then after her eldest son's birth she began a downward spiral, tasting crystal meth for the first time and quickly becoming hooked on the drug melted that her pain away.
Many months would pass before she finally got clean.
"Yes, for nine months out of my life I did crystal meth, but never, ever will I touch it again," she wrote in Kerri On. "It is not worth the price you pay in the end."
Krysko was 23 when she met Damien -- a moment forever etched in her mind.
It was 2000, Hells Angels were highly visible on B.C.'s mainland and she was enjoying a drink at a bar, near Vancouver, when a man walked up and yanked her hair.
"Hey there, whore," she recalls him saying.
Krysko turned around to meet the gaze of a hulking 275-pound man in his mid-30s wearing his colours -- her first glimpse of the alleged monster she later fell in love with and, against her better judgment, married.
She didn't speak to the outlaw biker again until a year after that, which she thought was a chance encounter. But she later learned it was part of a sinister plan to settle a score over a drug debt with her son's father.
Their second meeting was at an after-hours club frequented by the Hells Angels. Damien walked up and pulled her onto the dance floor.
Krysko says she was instantly drawn to his "wild green eyes" and "fierce strength." And with the added allure of his leather Hells Angels vest swaying to the music, she was "a goner."
Their first kiss brought her to her knees.
"It was like a rush of fire through my body that warmed me for days," she wrote in Kerri On. "The chemistry was undeniable."
But that chemistry soon became explosive.