Back in January, I did a book review on Flying Away by Caroline Gill. It was her debut novel and I absolutely loved it. The story was so different and fresh. You can read my 5 star review here. She has two sequels coming out this year that I can’t wait to read. To read a preview of book one, just click on the below cover.
So, tell us the titles of your new books:
Flying Away, Flying Blind, Flying Free: The Flykeeper Chronicles
Let’s get to know your character. Who are you? What is your name?
Iolani Bearse. Most of my family and friends call me Lani.
Are you a fictional or historical character?
Fictional, though I take exception to this question. My name means one who flies with hawks.
What should we know about you?
I stand on my own two feet and protect those whom I love at all costs. It makes me so angry when I can’t defend them, when people take advantage of my friends’ innocence.
Tell us about your story: When and where is your tale set?
I guess I live in an Alternate Universe, in a broken America, in the Pacific Northwest. My story starts in Flying Away at my grandparents’ farmhouse near Seattle. My cousins Eleanor and Enyo live there, too. We are all a bit lost, a little wild. Eleanor talks to me the most of all of them. It isn’t my home, but it is all I have left. And we love it there, with the wide open fields and the horses Mango and Pipsy.
What is your personal goal? I mean, what do you ultimately want?
I want a family. I want a real family, one that loves me, one that makes me a better person, one that builds me up when I am afraid. A place that shelters and loves me. A table set with the smiles of friends and the promises of hope.
What is standing in your way? What conflict(s) do you face?
I honestly don’t understand most of what has happened. My father was listed as KIA, killed in action when I was five. I never got over that. I spent months of my childhood waiting for him to come home. He never did. Then my mother died when I was nine in a car crash. I was the only survivor. And when the ambulance took me to the hospital two strange things happened. The first, a housefly started talking to me, actually talking. And showed me glimpses of my long vanished father, glimpses of this hidden magic I now know all houseflies have. And second, I witnessed a murder.
I didn’t understand what I had seen. I was horrified by my mother’s death, and I didn’t remember much else about the eerie green light that stole a dying man’s life. I thought no one noticed. But someone did. Someone knew I had seen the stealing. And so they came after me. And my grandparents and younger cousin paid the price.
I will not let them take Eleanor from me. I will not let them win.
How do I get a copy of your book? What is the title or working title for this piece?
Flying Away is the first part of my story. Flying Blind follows me from 16-17 as I try to stop the memory stealers from harvesting the unsuspecting nation. Flying Free is the third book, and reveals the levels of conspiracy that have infiltrated every aspect of our lives. Malcolm St. John is in danger, because of me. And it’s up to me to find a way through all the madness.
Is it available now or when can we except to see it released?
Flying Away released in January 2016:
Flying Blind launches May 21.
Flying Free launches June 20.
You can connect with Caroline A. Gill at:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Caroline-A.-Gill/e/B0103G2CH4