Monday, September 3, 2018
Interview with author MICHELEE MORGAN CABOT
FLY OVER DOWN UNDER
1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you to take an idea or experience and convey it into a book? Inspiration? The eye-opening experiences of flight, the overview. The exhilaration and beauty had to be shared.
2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader? It’s about the passion for and the joy of flight and about the delights of Australia. A contest judge remarked “Everyone should read this book,” so it will appeal to anyone, not just those who fly or who have not visited this isolated continent, but also those who would like to experience it from a different perspective, one that includes its spectacular overview as shown through words. I put you there, right in and over its red heart, right over and in its carved canyons, and even soaring over its seemingly endless sweep of isolated beaches.
3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them along after putting it down? Besides the inside view of the gift of flight, I’d like for the reader to take away a bit of the thrill of what a pilot sees, and how lucky he is to be flying. I’d like for the reader to always recall the charm of my adventures Down Under, and then maybe say “Boy, I’d like to do that too! Now I get why people learn to fly. Maybe I’ll do that.”
4. What advice or words or wisdom to you have for fellow writers? My advice: Remember that an anecdote is a fail-safe antidote for the humdrum.
5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? People look for escape in all venues of the media, including books. Romance, adventure, even enlightenment. As far as where the industry is heading – it should stay the electronic course. Ever since man put markers to clay, he has needed and pursued writing, either as records of events or legends. Mankind will always need to put eyes to read, whether it’s comics or literature. Not via clay, but surely paper and electronics. Some will always need to turn pages, some will always need to be read to. This will never change.
6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book? Mastering the computer was my only challenge.
7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? They should buy mine, because it can be savored and enjoyed for far more than a month. It can be gobbled up in a few days, or chewed over chapter by chapter, like a comfort read on the bedside table.
MICHELEE MORGAN CABOT has been flying for more than fifty years, logging more than 5,000 hours of flight time in the U.S., Canada, Alaska, Mexico, Central America, the Bahamas, England and Australia. She holds a commercial license (both single engine land and glider) with instrument rating and a tow pilot endorsement. Michelee has been active in several aviation organizations, including the volunteer Air Lifeline (now Angel Flight). When not in the air, she’s spent years as a newspaper restaurant reviewer, a radio talk host, and a museum docent. A member of the Alamos, Sonora Writers’ Group, she continues to write and has several works in progress. http://micheleecabot.com/http://micheleecabot.com/
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