And Captain Mark L. Berry ... THANK YOU!
Mark reviewed my novel, Flight For Control, in September's issue of Airways Magazine. This is an honor for so many reasons. First, mine is the first work of fiction he's been approved to review, and now we'll see many more to come. Second... Mark is not only an airline captain, but he is a talented writer, and has numerous articles published in a dozen different journals and magazines. Third, he wrote an awesome review.
"No story revolving around NTSB investigations would be complete without graphic details of grim remains, grief for those lost souls, and at least one heartbreaking scene with a charred survivor. Karlene Petitt does this with compassion, not shock value, and then balances it with buoyant characters such as Darby- a female Boeing 757 Captain..." Mark L Berry
I was honored to have him to read my novel, and overwhelmed that he enjoyed it. Yes... first time novels are a challenge, and to have one to breakout with such overwhelming success is exciting beyond belief. I have to thank you, my readers, and friends. Without your support and encouragement, I would not be where I am today. And a huge thank you for sharing your comments and opinions too. The good... and the helpful.
The world of writing is a challenge. For those who think giving birth, attending graduate school while working a full time job, and raising teenage daughters, or flying heavy jets is tough... write a novel. Then read and edit it 32+ times. You breathe life into it, and it sometimes sucks the life from you. You see 0300 many times during the years. Sometimes at the beginning of your day, and other times at the end. But never a day goes by that you are not working, thinking, plotting, and learning.
Writers must have thick skins. We must thank those who are willing to tell us the problems they see, so we can get better. We must push the hurt feelings aside when someone critiques our baby. If we are willing to listen, we can learn.
One of the first things I learned during my writing journey was to be teachable. But of course. I thought we all wanted to learn to get better. But that's not always the case. Sometimes pride and ego step in the way. For me, I love to learn. I want to get better. So when the teacher arrives, I'm all ears.
Mark has done more for me than write a great review in the September Issue of Airways Magazine. He is taking his time to guide, coach and give his opinion on the sequel, Flight For Safety. Opinions are an interesting thing... we all have them. But when they resonate... they are golden. When they come from a talent like Mark L Berry... you've won the lottery. I know I have.
Mark, thank for your valued opinion on
and the future of Flight For Safety.
And for all those who have supported me during this journey, read my novel, left a comment, and patiently await for book two... I cannot thank you enough! We are closing in on a publication date.
You have created a vision for my future.
Enjoy the Journey!