Author Interviews

Interview with Iain Reading! Author of Kitty Hawk!

Hello everyone! I’m so excited because today I’m bringing you my very first author interview! I was so happy that Iain Reading, author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency series, agreed to an interview. Without further ado, let’s get into it!



Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new
young adult series of adventure mystery stories by Iain Reading. 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.

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).

“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.”

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Don’t forget to check out my review of Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold here!

Hello Iain Reading! Thank you so much 
for agreeing to do an author interview! 
I’m so excited!  
1. It is so cool that Kitty Hawk is a pilot and owns her own plane! Have you ever flown a plane yourself?
Between you and me….  ummmm…..  no.  I wouldn’t mind learning how to fly, however.  I’ve flown on the planes found in the Kitty Hawk books many many many times though.  But with someone else piloting them.
2. Does Kitty’s fascination with humpback whales stem from your own or is it purely her character? 
I grew up on the west coast of Canada (same as Kitty Hawk) so her fascination for the whales in the story is definitely something of myself in her character, as are many other aspects of her life on the west coast.
3. Kitty is quite adventurous! Would you say you are as well? Any favorite adventures you’d like to share?
This love of seeing the world is another trait I share with Kitty Hawk.  She is a lot more adventurous, however.  I definitely don’t find myself falling into as many adventures as she does.  That’s for sure.
4. Where did the inspiration for Kitty Hawk come from?
I just love the idea of a pilot named Kitty Hawk.  Kitty Hawk North Carolina is where the Wright brothers flew the first plane so the name is perfectly fitting.  And the idea of an adventurous, Nancy Drew type with her own plane was just an incredibly inspiring idea for me.
5. This book gives a lot of facts! How long did it take you to research everything, from humpback whales to planes to the Yukon Gold Rush?
Good question.  Quite a while, I think.  Couple of months at least.  I had to read a lot of books on these subjects, and even traveled to the places mentioned in the book so I could research what they were like.  That is always my favourite kind of research.  Seeing places in this beautiful world of ours is always inspiring.
6. I loved reading the campfire tales of the Yukon Gold Rush! What was your favorite scene to write?
I remember really loving the scene where they are sitting around under the northern lights and learning the tale of the curse itself.  I found myself often thinking about how perfect that would be, to sit by a campfire under the aurora, up in the wilderness.
7. What does your writing process look like?
It’s a lot of thinking and planning in my head.  And then, when I’m ready (and only then), I start to write.  And from there it goes quite fast.  But I have to have things worked out in my head first.
8. What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
Meeting with fans is definitely the most rewarding thing I have experienced.  When you meet someone who is enthusiastic about something you created, that is the most amazing experience you can imagine.


Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.

Iain is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and The Dragon of the Month Club. To learn more, go to

Readers can connect with Iain on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.




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