Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Ian Reading. Ian is the author of quite a few books including the Wizards of Waterfire series, The Dragon of the Month Club, and the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency series. He is an amazing writer, and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to ask him a few questions. So lets get into it!
Q: How long have you been writing? Why did you start?
A: I have been writing now for a few years. Or maybe more accurately I should say that I was writing for a couple of years, starting a few years ago. In the past 18 months I have not written much, unfortunately, because of being so busy. (That’s a lame excuse, I know, but I am currently trying to reconfigure my writing process so that the constant stresses of my day job are not interfering with getting books finished.)
Q: What inspires you to write? Do you have a muse?
A: The thing that inspires me the most to write are the stories themselves – and the characters in them. When I have an idea in my head and I am excited about it, I just have to see where it’s going to go, I have to see how the story develops. And that pushes me to actually sit down and write it out.
Q: What was the original idea behind your book Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold?
A: The original idea behind the first Kitty Hawk book was the character of Kitty Hawk herself. She was my muse. I just loved the idea of a teenaged female pilot with her own plane, flying around the world and solving mysteries. That was the basis for everything that followed and to a great degree because of that the stories just sort of wrote themselves.
Q: Tell me about Kitty Hawk. What kind of person is she? Is she based off of someone you know?
A: Kitty Hawk is unlike anyone I know in the entire world, but she is definitely someone I would LIKE to know – and someone I admire and would like to be, in fact. She is smart and quirky and funny, and best of all she’s a pilot and has her own plane! For me that is the coolest part about her, by far. I often imagine her being able to fly up into the mountains and land her trusty De Havilland Beaver seaplane on a lake somewhere, and just be in nature, alone and peaceful. There is such freedom and potential in that and I love it.
Q: What other fictional characters do you think Kitty would get along with best? What would they do?
A: Kitty Hawk would definitely get along well with Nancy Drew. She is a bit of a Nancy Drew herself. I think she would also get along great with the lead character in Carl Sagan’s Contact, Ellie. They are both driven and ambitious and intelligent characters. But maybe most of all Kitty Hawk would get along with Amelia Earhart (who is real, of course, not fictional). They are both pilots, after all. And they both want to fly more than anything else in the world.
Q: Where is the strangest place an idea for the book came to you?
A: Long before I really knew what the plot details of Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold were going to be, I found myself on a whale watching boat off the west coast of North America. And being a proper naval vessel their radio was constantly tuned to the Coast Guard emergency frequency. And at one point a Coast Guard bulletin came on calling for planes and vessels to be on the lookout for a missing plane that had taken off but not arrived at its destination. This was tragic, of course, it could only mean one thing up in the bush pilot parts of the world – but what I remembered about it was the organization of the message, how the Coast Guard followed a specific protocol and structure, and months later that came back to me and found its way into the book. The same protocol and structure as the Coast Guard called for people to be on the look out for Kitty Hawk’s missing plane.
Q: What is something you want the world to know?
A: I think what I would want most for the world to know (or at least the fans of Kitty Hawk and of the Dragon of the Month Club books) is this: I am working on the next books in the series. I promise.
Some more on Kitty Hawk-
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new young adult series of adventure mystery stories by Iain Reading. 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. As the plot continues to unfold, this spirited story will have readers 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.
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.
There are currently five books in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (book 1), Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (book 2), Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (book 3), and Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (book 4), and Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (book 5). Each book can be read as a standalone.
“In the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series the heroine finds herself in a new geographic location in each book. The series will eventually have a total of 13 books in it (maybe more) and her flight around the world will be completed in the end,” says Iain. “The books are sequential but one could definitely read any of the later ones before reading the earlier ones.”
For more information, go to http://www.kittyhawkworld.com/
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 is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to http://www.amazon.com/Iain-Reading/e/B00B0NGI6Q/