About Kim Strickland
I've wanted to be a writer ever since I can remember. I finished my first novel, Sundance, at the age of twelve and boldly sent it off to The Knopf Publishing Company, where a kind young editor, Wendy Wolf, gently let me down. (I still have her letter!)
In spite of early rejection, I remained confident. However, I did decide at the age of 14 that the starving artist life wasn't for me and took my first literary let down as a cue to become an airline pilot. After all, those pilots made a decent living and they had lots of time off work. Time I would use to write. So, after high school I went to the University of Illinois to start flight training. After college, with a degree in Journalism and my flight training complete, I was excited to start my first real post-graduate job -- tending bar at Murphy's Pub.
Soon afterward, I earned more gainful employment and began building my flight hours as a flight instructor at the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation. Several years and airline uniforms later, I landed (sorry) at a major airline in 1990. It wasn't long thereafter that I returned to my fiction writing in earnest. My plan had come together.
After several false starts on a few different novels, in 2002 I finally finished what I considered a viable draft of Wish Club and began the long process of getting it published. Wish Club was released by Crown books, a division of Random House, in June of 2007, to great press and reviews. My second novel, Down at the Golden Coin, was just released by Eckhartz Press.
When I'm not being a mom, writing, speaking, or attending literary events, I fly as a First Officer on Boeing 767's and jet off to Europe or South America and a few other destinations -- all equally wonderful in that, while I'm there, I usually get to eat an entire meal sitting down.