Are you a pilot? Have you visited Alaska?
I’m not a pilot, but writers don’t have to be experts on the topics in their stories, they just need to know one. My brother introduced me to bush pilot, Gayle Ranney. She’s been flying for nearly 50 years in Alaska. She answered every question and went through the flying scenes with me to make sure I had them right. Gayle’s the reason I was able to plant readers in the cockpit of Kate’s Bellanca Pacemaker.
Yes, I have been to Alaska. It’s one of the most beautiful places on the earth—truly. I’m long overdue for a visit. My husband is retiring this summer and we hope to make a trip north. I have a lot of family who live there and it would be wonderful to see them and to explore some of the state.
How did you come up with the concept for Wings of Promise, Alaskan Skies Series #2?
From the beginning, book one was meant to roll into a three book series. Wings of Promise is the continuing saga of Paul and Kate, along with their slew of friends. Some of the surprises exposed in book one still need to be played out—therefore Wings of Promise was born. More adventures and challenges are waiting for the Alaskan pilots and their friends from Touching the Clouds.
The idea for this series originated with my mother, who grew up in Alaska. She spent many years living on a homestead where her family depended upon bush pilots for supplies, mail and a ride into town on occasion. She had great respect for the pilots as well as tender memories of these heroic people who kept her family connected to the outside. Along with stories of my cast of characters, Wings of Promise reveals more about the lives of those who served the people who lived in the bush.
How many more books will be in Alaskan Skies Series?
There will be a total of three. I’m presently working on book three. It has a great ending – I promise.
Can each of the books be read as a stand-alone or must they be read in order?
I’ve worked hard to make sure new readers are informed about what happened in previous books, just in case they step into the series mid-story. I think the books are more fun if you begin with Touching the Clouds. That way you’ve become acquainted with the characters and their personal stories. However, if that’s not possible each book is enjoyable all on its own.