Author interview: Iain Reading

Today we have Iain Reading amongst us, who is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency series, the Wizards of Waterfire series and Dragon of the Month Club series, which are very fascinating and popular middle grade series. 

1. Firstly, I would like to congratulate you for your Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency series. Please introduce yourself to the readers.

Hello readers!  It's me, Iain!  Some of you might  know me from the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series…  some of you from the Dragon of the Month Club series….  Most of you probably not at all.

2. Can you give an overview about Kitty Hawk's character?

Kitty Hawk is an amazing character to me.  She is smart and funny and ambitious and courageous and just about every other thing that most of us would like to be in life.  She has flaws too, of course, everyone does, but she is the kind of person that I would aspire to be like.

3. How did you come up with the idea of Kitty Hawk?

I am actually not sure where it came from…  it just kind of popped into my head one night while I was lying in bed.  But once that happened – once the initial idea of a teenage pilot named Kitty Hawk occurred to me – then everything else kind of fell into place like it was waiting to be written.

4. Is the character Kitty Hawk based on someone you know?

Not on anyone I know, no.  She is just this character that I really admire and would love to be friends with and hang around with.

5. What do you enjoy apart from writing?

You might notice, as you read the Kitty Hawk books, that they are visiting different places all around the world.  It shouldn't be a surprise that I love to travel and experience new places and cultures and beautiful places.

6. What other genres would you like to write?

Right at this moment I would really like to write something like a Young Adult romance kind of novel.  I am thinking about different ideas in that and MAYBE if I am lucky I will come up with something worth reading (and therefore worth writing).

7. What is your favourite genre and book?

My favourite book is Contact by Carl Sagan, which combines science stuff with a really great adventurous story.  So I guess that's my genre….  Science stuff, not quite science fiction, but science books.

8. Which author's work do you enjoy reading?

I love all of Carl Sagan's books.  All but one of them is non-fiction, and I always thought it was a shame that he didn't write more fiction books.

9. If Kitty Hawk is made into a film, which actor do you think can pull off her character?

This is such a difficult question!!!!!  Sometimes I think a younger Claire Danes would be good.  Or a younger Evangeline Lilly.  Or maybe Katy Harris.  But I think that if ever we are lucky enough to have a Kitty Hawk movie, that the lead role will be filled by someone we've never heard of before and who will be amazing!

10. How much time did you take to complete the book 'Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold'?

About eight months of figuring everything out and then about 3-5 weeks of actual writing.  Once I had things figured out it was fairly easy to get the words down on paper.

11. Which part is your favourite from the first book of the Kitty Hawk series?

I love the part when she flies with the brothers over (barely over) the summit of the Chilkoot Pass.  It was a cheeky thing for her to do and she scared everyone, but I love how brave she is and what an incredibly skilled pilot she is.

12. Since when did you start writing?

About two seconds before I started writing the first Kitty Hawk book.  Ha ha ha!

13. What is your upcoming project?

Right now I am about halfway through the sixth Kitty Hawk book (hint: she's in Istanbul and Venice) and also about halfway through the second Dragon of the Month Club book (hint: they are lost in a book somewhere).

14. What qualities would you give Kitty Hawk if she were of the other gender?

I actually think there are enough books out there already about smart, witty, brave boys who do amazing adventurous things.  We need more girls doing these things!

15. Lastly, what message would you like to give to the readers and budding writers?

To readers I would say: please be patient as I continue to work on both series that I am in the middle of.

To budding writers I would say: the best advice I could give myself is to write the book I am capable of writing and not to try to write something that I can't possibly write.

And to Sulagna I would like to say:  thank you for these amazing questions and for having me talk to you today!  Thank you!

I would like to extend my gratitude towards Iain Reading for sparing his valuable time for this wonderful and fun filled interview. 

Blurb of his book Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold:

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. 

Read my review of the above book here


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