Title of Book: The Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency
A short description of series:
The Kitty Hawk series is about a teenaged pilot with her very own plane who has decided that she wants to fly around the world. (You know, because that's what you do when you have your own plane, right?) In each of the books Kitty Hawk visits a new location and solves mysteries – like Nancy Drew meets Amelia Earhart.
What inspired you to write? And what was the inspiration for this book?
I always say that it was the character of Kitty Hawk herself that inspired me to write these books. The idea of this adventurous, brave, smart and skilled pilot just appealed to me and the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to find out more about the adventures she would have. So I wrote the books to find out.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Early mornings and middle-of-the-night are the best times to write for me. There's something about the silence in the world at those times that seems to make writing possible. An hour or two a day in the wee hours.
How long does it take to write a book?
The actual writing usually doesn't take too long. A few weeks if I am really in the zone. A bit longer otherwise. But before I can write anything I have to think things through quite a lot, to make sure I know where I am going with the story. And that takes time.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Travel! Definitely! I love to travel and see the world and explore new places. In that sense I am a lot like Kitty Hawk herself. And I often use book research as an excuse to go off and explore new places. I'm not on vacation – I am researching!
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
My advice is generally always the same: Write the book you are capable of writing.
Do you have an interesting writing quirk? If so what is it?
When I am writing I often listen to music – the same song(s) over and over and over and over and over again. It's like a mantra repeating in my head and it helps me to concentrate and tune everything else out.
What is the last book you read?
Salem's Lot by Stephen King.
Who are your favorite authors?
Carl Sagan (Contact) and Paul Theroux (The Mosquito Coast)
What are your favorite books?
Contact (Carl Sagan) and The Mosquito Coast (Paul Theroux).