Welcome to Iain Reading, author of Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold!
You wrote a book! That’s pretty awesome. Why don’t you tell us a bit about what inspired Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold?
Kitty Hawk herself is the main inspiration for writing the book. I loved (and still love) the idea of a female teenaged pilot named Kitty Hawk who has the courage and ambition to embark on an around-the-world adventure to discover everything she possible can about this planet we live on. Truth be told I am a bit jealous of Kitty Hawk’s adventures. I mean, who wouldn’t want to fly their own plane around the world and experience that kind of freedom?
Walk us through a day in the life of Iain Reading.
Due to the fact that I still have my day job, a day in the life of Iain Reading is a lot like a day in the life of the fellow from the Beatles song: “Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head… looking up I noticed I was late…” and so on.
Lots of aspiring authors out there. Any advice for them?
The same advice always: Write the book you are capable of writing. Don’t try to write a book you are incapable of writing.
I know asking someone’s all-time favorite book is a loaded question so what’s your current favorite read?
Oddly enough I CAN answer the original question: my favourite book of all time is Carl Sagan’s Contact.
As for the second question, I am actually binge-reading HP Lovecraft, of all things.
Coffee or tea?
Water and Juice! (ha ha!)
Best ice cream flavor ever?
Sour green apple. Too bad you can never find this in very many places.
Your theme song/personal anthem?
One of them would definitely be: Time Stand Still by Rush
“Freeze this moment a little bit longer…. learn to live as if each step was the end.”
This would probably one often (apparently erroneously) attributed to Goethe:
“Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain ReadingKitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1
Published on December 3, 2012 by Createspace
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery
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Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.
After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty's adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada's Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska's inside passage and Canada's Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves as Kitty prepares for her next adventure - flying around the world!