Please welcome author Iain Reading to the blog. He's here talking about his YA Adventure series staring the curious and courageous, teenaged pilot/adventurer/crime solver Kitty Hawk.
Iain says these novels are ageless and will interest readers of all walks of life and all ages.
Iain welcome to The Reading Frenzy please tell my readers about your Kitty Hawk series
The Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency is a super cool series of books with my favourite heroine, Kitty Hawk, who is a teenaged pilot with her own seaplane and she's decided that she's going to see the world. That's a pretty common ambition for a lot of people, but she's decided to do it her own way in style by flying around the world herself in her own plane.
Unfortunately (or fortunately?) for Kitty, she also has a pretty insatiable curiosity and tends to find herself in some interesting and challenging and mysterious situations as she travels from place to place. Each new stop brings new cultures, experiences, and a mystery to solve.
What aged reader would best enjoy these books?
Basically readers of all ages. I've heard of kids as young as 8 reading them and enjoying them, and because the books are filled with all sorts of interesting history and puzzles they also are great for adult readers as well.
There are four books in the series available now.
Are there a certain number in the series or is it open right now?
My goal right now is to have the series be 13 books long. I have just finished the 5th book and can see ahead to where the next 8 books will take Kitty Hawk. But who knows? Maybe after that she just keeps going? Depends how much people love them.
Iain, I don’t know if you’re old enough to remember the old TV series Sky King but that’s the first thing I thought of when I read about this series except that plane was a Cessna.
What kind of plane does Kitty fly?
I'm not familiar with that show, but I have heard of it. But Kitty Hawk doesn't fly a Cessna. As a good Canadian girl she flies a good old Canadian De Havilland Beaver seaplane. This is the PLANE OF CHOICE of bush pilots in western Canada and Alaska. They are rugged little planes that can get in and out of just about anywhere.
Where did the story idea come from?
Each new book in the series has the story come from the location in which Kitty finds herself. Every place on this amazing planet of ours has its own stories and history and mysteries. The trick for me, as a writer, is finding one of those that fits and feels right.
Iain tell us about your other series of books about The Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire.
This new series tells the story of a group of teenaged wizards who have special powers to control the elements – Earth, Air, Fire, Water –and are able to use them to wield a kind of elemental magic. I love this series (which will have five books eventually) because I love exploring the mysterious world of the ancient elemental wizarding guilds. The first book concentrates on the Waterfire guild, but each successive book will explore the other fundamental guilds as well.
Iain, are you a reader?
Fiction or non-fiction?
Almost always non-fiction, however I am reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman right at the moment. Otherwise I like reading history and science books.
Iain, what do you like to do when you’re not writing?
It's probably not a surprise, based on Kitty Hawk's adventures, that one of my passions in life is traveling. There's a big world out there and I am trying my best to see it.
Thank you so much for answering these questions. Good luck with the both series and all your future endeavors.
Will there be any signing/author events coming up?
Not yet, but my publicist is trying to coordinate some, so hopefully soon!
About the Author:
Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.
Iain has published 4 books in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series. Iain is currently working on the 5th book in the Kitty Hawk series. For more information on the series, go to http://www.kittyhawkworld.com/.
Iain is also the author of The Wizards of Waterfire Series. The first book in the series The Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire was published in April 2014.
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