Friday, January 18, 2019

Blog Tour: Flygirl by R.D. Kardon @rdkardonauthor #interview #womensfiction #giveaway @RABTBookTours

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Upmarket Commercial/Women’s Fiction
Date Published: January 3, 2019
Publisher: Acorn Publishing LLC

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Let pilot Tris Miles lift you up, and fly you to new heights with her inspiring story of love, ambition and the meaning of success.

R. D. Kardon's debut novel puts you in the cockpit with Tris Miles as she navigates the challenges of integrating an all-male corporate flight department in 1997. Tris encounters harassment, marginalization, and backstabbing on her journey to becoming a jet captain. 


It’s 1997. Women stand beside men in combat and fly fighter jets. Pilot Tris Miles is not content with her job as a First Officer for tiny Clear Sky Airlines. She wants to be a Captain—the only way she knows to prove her worth as a pilot and atone for a deadly mistake.

To further her career, Tris accepts a prestigious job with Tetrix, Inc. But her dream of becoming pilot-in-command twists into a nightmare.

As the company’s first woman pilot, she encounters resistance, marginalization, and harassment on a daily basis. Fortunately, Tris has one thing her co-workers can’t deny—skill.

When Tris finds herself in a crippled airplane thousands of miles from home she must prove she can lead. With her career on the line, can Tris earn the respect she’s been craving? And if this is the end, can she find the strength to forgive herself?


Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

Flygirl was written to honor every person--male or female-- who has ever felt marginalized, excluded or harassed at work. It tells the timely story of an ambitious female pilot, Tris Miles, who thinks she’s hit the jackpot with her new job, only to run into a brick wall.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 Writing a novel presents many challenges. For me, the biggest one is making sure that I reach my readers, that I engage them in the plot and also make my characters relatable.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

Flygirl  is my debut novel so, by default, my favorite. My second novel is at the revision stage right now, but is too ‘raw’ to rise to the top of the list...yet.

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

Jennifer Lawrence. Tris and Katniss are sisters from another mister.

When did you begin writing?

I started writing when I was a child, in grammar/primary school. I wrote a short piece about my favorite season that was read to the entire school over the loudspeaker by our principal.

How long did it take to complete your first book?

Either 25 years or four years, depending on how you look at it. I first started drafting what is now Flygirl in the mid-90’s. Like my protagonist, Tris Miles, I’d just taken a corporate flying job and started seeing and hearing some, uh, odd things at work, as did some of my friends in similar situations. I wrote 83 pages in WordPerfect, printed them out, and carried them around in a manila folder with the word ‘Book’ written on the tab.

Fast forward to 2015, when I started to take novel writing craft courses. Without that knowledge, those learned skills, I would never have finished the book. From my first class to my publication day of January 3, 2019 was almost exactly four years.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

No one inspired me to write. I just started writing at a young age.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Finishing the first draft. 

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

 Page-turning, relatable, action, healing.

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

I’m thrilled to share that my second book is currently in the revision/editing process. In it, we dive deep into Tris Miles’ background and inner world. And all the while, she doesn’t know her life is literally in jeopardy.

About the Author

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Robin "R.D." Kardon was a litigation attorney before beginning a twelve-year flying career as a corporate and airline pilot. She holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and three Captain qualifications. Her travels took her all over the world in every type of airplane from small single-engine Cessnas to the Boeing 737. Robin earned her B.A. in Journalism and Sociology from NYU and J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. A native New Yorker, Robin now lives in San Diego, California with her beloved rescue pets. , a work of fiction inspired by her own aviation experience, is her first novel.

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Anonymous said...

thanks for hosting

Linda Romer said...

Looking forward to reading Flygirl! Thank you

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