Q&A with author Iain Reading

KH New CoverKitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Publication Date: November 30, 2012

Genre: adventure

Category: YA


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.

  1. What inspired the tale of Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold?

I always say that it was the character of Kitty Hawk herself that inspired me to write the first book (and every one after). I just loved the idea of this focussed, driven, motivated and adventurous young woman, flying her way around the world, finding mysteries and exploring our amazing planet.


  1. When did you begin writing YA books?

I first started writing a few years ago, with the first book being Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold. Since then I’ve written six or seven more books, including four more in the Kitty Hawk series (and more to come!).


  1. If you could tell your younger writing-self anything, what would it be?

I would tell myself to ‘Get to the action on the very first page!’ I’ve realised since then that I like books that do that. Maybe I am just impatient? I don’t know. But I like it.


  1. Who are your favourite authors?

My favourite authors are Carl Sagan and Paul Theroux.


  1. Your Kitty Hawk books are very adventurous, what kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning to write?

The best kind of research that I do for the Kitty Hawk books is to travel to the locations where she visits. This is great for me. It’s a vacation, right? Or is it research? Whatever it is, it is definitely fun and helps me write the places better in the end (I hope).


  1. How long on average does it take you to write a book?

I usually spend a month or two sort of figuring things out in my head. And then, when I’m ready, I usually take a few weeks to get it down. Lately, however, I have found very little time for writing and am very unhappy about this. I will find a way, however!


  1. What’s your favourite children’s book?

Oh, oh oh! That’s easy! Beebo and the Funny Machine! Google it!  Find it in your local library! It’s awesome!


  1. Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how do you overcome it?

I don’t really believe in writer’s block. I think if you aren’t able to write, that it just means you don’t know yet what to write. (There’s stating the obvious for you). But what I mean is that if I’m sitting at a computer unable to know what to write, then that means that I should get up and go for a walk and figure out the next part of the story instead of trying to write it before I know what to write. That’s my experience, anyway. Of course, the process of writing is very mysterious… and it comes to different authors in different ways.


  1. Tell us more about how readers can connect with you online?

The best place is at: www.kittyhawkworld.com.


  1. What’s next for you: what are you working on now?

Currently, I am working on two books: the first is the 6th book in the Kitty Hawk series (hint: she visits Venice and Istanbul); and the second book is the 2nd book of the dragon of the month club series.

So, it’s time to get reading!


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