'I really do think this is a series that, as a young teen, I would have been waiting anxiously for each new instalment'.
Feisty, resourceful, independent, smart, Kitty Hawk, the intrepid heroine of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, is rapidly becoming one of my favourite characters in this wonderfully quirky series that combines some of my favourite genres.
Today I'm delighted to welcome Iain Reading, author of the series, to Pen and Paper.
Why not Kevin Hawk?
Thank you so much to Pen and Paper for letting me come on this blog and share some of my thoughts. And in particular for getting my brain humming by posing the question: "Why Kitty and not Kevin?" (IE Why is the main character of my Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency series a girl named Kitty Hawk and not a boy named Kevin Hawk.)
I have to admit that I loved this question. It really got me thinking.
On the surface of things the answer is obvious. The name "Kitty Hawk" comes from a small town of the same name in North Carolina which is famous for being the place where the Wright Brothers made the first controlled powered flight of a man-made aircraft. It's a suitable name for a young pilot who has decided to fly around the world. It's also a girl's name, not a boy's name. Sorry Kevin Hawk.
But there's something deeper than that. Of the three book series I have started writing thus far, all of them have very strong female lead characters. And I think that is just simply because boys are very boring. Yawn. Another boy main character in a book.
Okay, I know there are other female leads out there in book world, but hopefully you get my point. Boys are blasé. Girls kick ass. Boys default to hero status, even when they don't deserve it. Girls seem to have to earn their stripes as a heroine. And that's not really fair is it?
Not that ANY of this had anything to do with why I decided on Kitty Hawk instead of Kevin. At the very heart of everything the simple fact is that Kitty Hawk – girl pilot, kick ass heroine, solver of mysteries – just felt right.
Kevin Hawk, on the other hand.... sounds more like Kitty's annoying younger brother.
- Iain Reading.
Thank you so much Iain for not only taking the time to write this piece but also for giving me the opportunity to read the Kitty Hawk books.
- The Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency website can be found here.
- My reviews of book one, Kitty Hawk And The Curse Of The Yukon Gold, here, books 2: Kitty Hawk And The Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost, 3: Kitty Hawk And The Icelandic Intrigue, and 4: Kitty Hawk And The Tragedy Of R.M.S Titanic here.
- Thanks to Iain and Kelsey over at Book Publicity Services for kindly sending me the fifth instalment, Kitty Hawk And The Mystery Of The Masterpieces, which I shall be reading and reviewing soon.