Today I’m happy to welcome Iain Reading, author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency series. Before we jump into the interview, here’s a bit about Kitty and her detective agency.
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.”
In the Spotlight Iain Reading
Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Iain! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. Thanks for giving a little background about the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency series. It sounds really intriguing. I’m excited to learn more about you and your craft so let’s get things started
In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.
I like to say that I try to live life with what I call a Hemingway Complex. It’s the only way I ever seem to do anything interesting. (Whew… 7 characters to spare.)
Tweets are TOUGH! It’s one of the reason a seem to prefer Facebook.
Tell us a bit about your books. Why should we consider reading them?
One thing that I really love about my books is how they take you to different places in this great big world of ours. Whether the Kitty Hawk books that follow the intrepid teenage pilot on her flight around the world, or the Wizards of Waterfire books, or even the Dragon of the Month Club books, all of these take the reader on a journey to different places and histories and cultures and stories. This works out great for me as the author because it sometimes means I have an excuse to visit these places when I am writing the books, but I’ve also been told how much fans of the books enjoy this aspect of them as well.
Ah, so that’s the secret to getting to travel the world! Become an author and write a book about exotic places so you can travel there for research. That’s what I’ve been doing wrong! 🙂
What was the most difficult thing about getting published? What was the easiest? If you had to go back and do it all over again, is there any aspect of your stories or getting published that you’d change?
The most difficult thing about getting published was finding a publisher or literary agency or just about ANYONE who was interested in publishing the books. After failing to find anyone who would actually do that I realised that there was at least ONE person who was interested in seeing these books “out there”…ME! And so I self-published. I still would like to get published by a “real” publisher some day, but the easiest thing about self-publishing is that there’s no one there to reject you. It teaches you to be harder on yourself and do better.
Many of the authors I encounter lately have taken the same path. They want some creative control over their books. They want to be a name to their publisher and their agent and not just a number. As a result, many of them take the route of self-publishing.
What type(s) of books to you enjoy reading most and what three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?
Three books is a good number for all time favourites…and the answer is easy…Contact by Carl Sagan, The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux and The Magician’s Nephew (alternately The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) by C. S. Lewis.
The Magician’s Nephew, huh? Not my favorite of the Narnia books, but I can get behind The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. And I loved Contact—the movie and the book. I’m still surprised I made it through Contact on my own. Not the type of book I would normally pick up.
What’s your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you want to share?
Current obsession: the game Hearthstone on iPad. Aside from the fact that it’s a really great game, I also am really impressed with the design and how the developers managed to take a amazing (but slightly complicated – just slightly) game like Magic: The Gathering and simplify it the point where it’s really much more fun for casual players like me.
I suck at strategy games. My husband tried to teach me Magic back when we first got married. We spent quite a few hours at the laundromat and it was a way to pass the time. I’m currently playing SimCity BuildIt on my iPad mini.
Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?
Hmmmm. Let me see. My normal thing is to pass along advice on writing in the form of “write the book you are capable of writing, not the book you aren’t” but I think today I’ll go with a different concept. This is something I learned the hard way starting all the way back when I was still trying to be a musician: When you are creating something, whether it’s music or art or writing, make it something that YOU would like. Don’t try to make it the way you think other people will like it. You can never please everyone, so don’t try. Make it how you like it and in that way it will be your own.
That is excellent advice! Thank you for stopping by today, Iain, and sharing with the fans of Second Run Review. I hope everyone will take some time to check out the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency series soon.
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