Michael Badger sent me an email about a "kickstarter" campaign to help launch his book, Pilot Tails. This came through at a time I was babysitting my grandkids and thought, how fun this book would be to read to them. I asked him to tell me more about the inspiration behind his story, and a little about Kickstarter.
This is what Michael had to say:
"My original inspiration for the book came from a much simpler book I wrote for my then girl friend as a way to propose. I had purchased a Vermont Teddy Bear dressed as a pilot and planned on taking him with me as I flew to different locations during my flight training. I planned on taking photos of the bear hold the engagement right she was to get. Unfortunately I didn't think of this until I was nearly finished with training so I had to come up with another idea. Being very good with computer graphics software I set about illustrating a book that told the story of a young air mail pilot who had to make a special delivery to Alabama. That story and the end result you can see HERE.
The new book has taken on a life of its own with the encouragement of my friends and family. With the help of a good friend who is also an illustrator we set out to take my original idea and really breath life into it.
The book will be printed my a small company in California called Cross Blue.
The book will be available from my web site http://www.pilottails.com and by other online vendors such as Sporty's etc if everything goes through.
What is Kickstarter?
Because our projects rely on support form the community we offer rewards based on their contribution levels. People can donate as much or as little as they want. These rewards range from personally signed art work and the books themselves. These rewards are listed on the right side of our kickstarter campaign.
I have been in and around aviation my whole life but it wasn't until two years ago that I finally got my license. I figured if she was getting a ring, I was finally going to get my wings. I now fly as often as possible and plan on continuing on with my instrument and eventually commercial."
Enjoy the Journey!