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29.11.11

A Bit About My Past...

Trading Wings for a Single Feather…

Erotic Romance Author Kris Norris—aka—Helicopter Pilot…

No, I’m not making that up. That was me, years ago before I embarked on my writing career. Like most authors, I didn’t start off in the publishing industry. In fact, I was as far removed from it as you can get. I didn’t even have a regular job. I spent my time hovering above the ground, either on contracts or later, teaching people how to fly. If you’d asked me then about writing as a career, I would have laughed. I’d never considered any other road than the one I was on. I’d gone to great lengths to achieve my dream, from a stint in the military to college and endless flying jobs for less than no pay in parts of the country no one wanted to go. Being a woman in a boy’s club wasn’t easy, but I loved being a pilot, and quite honestly, I was good at it.

So how does a rotor jockey go from cruising the airwaves to writing erotic romance novels? A change in priorities.

Like many women, there came a time when I realized I wanted more from life than a sleeping bag in a tent and the smell of jet fuel on my clothes (seriously, I’m sure most women have this exact thought at some point in their life). So, I started a family. Three kids (and a breakdown or two) later, you can imagine how the pilot lifestyle and being a mother didn’t really mesh. For me, being away on contracts for weeks or even months at a time wasn’t an option anymore, so I looked for something else to satisfy my adventurous nature. And the voices in my head really didn’t give me any other choice…

Now I know what you’re thinking…being an author isn’t dangerous or even adventurous, but in a way, it is. Instead of actually living the lifestyle, I got to experience it through my characters, which allowed me to become a variable chameleon of professions. Instead of being one person, I became a doctor, a special agent, and yes, for two of my books, a helicopter pilot. I discovered that flying helicopters had exposed me to a vast richness of people and places, and with a little imagination, I could turn these experiences into stories and characters that, hopefully, rang true.

So do I miss dancing among the clouds and feeling the constant beating of the rotors in my chest? A bit. But I wouldn’t have missed my new adventure for anything. And with any luck, while I plan on staying in the business for a very long time, I’ll continue to change my virtual career with every new story. After all, a girl needs a bit of variety in her life. Who knew that a single feather could take me places my wings never could.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the two books in which my leading ladies are also rotor swinging chopper pilots are Keeping Faith… part of the Threefold Anthology with Total-e-Bound, and Hard Target… a thriller novel out with Resplendence Publishing.

1 comment:

Ranae Rose said...

Wow, a helicopter pilot. I bet that gives you lots of good, unique material for your books - after all, how many romance writers can claim that?

My dad was a helicopter mechanic. He used to take me into the hangars all the time when I was a kid...but I'm afraid that's the closest I've ever come to flying one! lol