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THE BOOK: Postcards from the Sky: Adventures of an Aviatrix
PUBLISHED IN: November, 2015.
THE AUTHOR: Erin Seidemann
THE PUBLISHER: She Writes Press
SUMMARY: The aviation world is a man’s world—it always has been, and it continues to be so today. In fact, women make up a mere 5 to 6 percent of the total pilot population worldwide. But from the first time Erin Seidemann experienced what it was like to see the world from a small plane’s perspective, she was hooked—and she’s spent much of her time since then fighting her way into becoming one of that 5 to 6 percent.
Postcards from the Sky: Adventures of an Aviatrix tells of the struggles and adventures one encounters as a woman in the male-dominated space of aviation. With humor and equanimity, Seidemann recounts her varied experiences as a female pilot—from the chauvinistic flight instructor she makes the mistake of falling in love with to the many, many customs agents who insist she can’t possibly be her plane’s owner (“Where’s your boyfriend?”)—while at the same time giving insight about just what makes flying so incredible . . . and so very addictive. Frank, funny, and full of adventure, Postcards from the Sky is an entertaining foray into a world few women have dared enter.
THE BACK STORY: “Only 5% of licensed pilots worldwide are women. I wanted to put my story out there to show other women or anyone interested in becoming a pilot that if I can do it, they can too. I’ve also always enjoyed reading stories from solo travelers, and this book offers that and then some since I am not only a solo woman traveler but also a solo pilot flying my own plane.”
WHY THIS TITLE: I wanted something whimsical but enough to show it was about a woman aviator. And I think of the chapters as postcards I wrote about my progression as a pilot.
WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: If you like travel, adventure, or aviation, this book has all three with sides of relationships and sex along the way. It’s like Amelia Earhart meets Sex and the City.
“From a young girl who gets motion sickness to an adventuring aviatrix, Erin Seidemann rocks the male dominated aviation world with her memoir Postcards from the Sky. In her book, she details her love of flying, and uses her stubborn will to get her pilots license and buy her own plane. Harrowing tales are shared of flying her small plane Orion around San Francisco, New Orleans, and an unforgettable trip to the Bahamas alone, and Oshkosh Wisconsin do not disappoint. Her story is engaging, entertaining and proves that women really can do anything men can do.”
“I loved this book and I loved where it took me. I had never given much thought to small aircraft, but Seidemann’s adventures made me want to go flying right away. This book was funny, exciting, educational, candid and inspiring. I highly recommend this book and I’ll be looking forward to The Aviatrix’s next adventure.”
“If the author is as good a pilot as she is a writer (and all signs point to that being the case) I’d fly with her anytime!”
“This is a wonderful read for anyone who loves flying. From overcoming air sickness to her solo flight, obtaining her private license and going on to achieve her instrument rating, and buying her own plane(s), flying nationally and internationally the author shares her exciting life. Those who fly and those who dream of it will find it fun and inspiring.”
“I don’t read much lately, as the ease and convenience of the internet provides me with ample videos and articles to stoke my incessant quest for knowledge. However, as I began perusing the first few pages of “Postcards from the Sky” I felt the same anticipation and promise of adventure I got many years ago when I journeyed through the opening pages of Paul Theroux’s brilliant “The Great Railway Bazaar.” While Erin’s vignettes definitely deliver on a unique perspective of aviation, it also offers insight into the mind of a young woman on the cusp of adventure, something this reader and author is forever culturally, genetically and evolutionarily baffled by.”
“You don’t have to be a pilot to enjoy this book. It’s a bit of humor, romance and a lot of adventure. I read the book on a flight from New Orleans to Las Vegas, by the time we landed I was ready to get my pilots license and chase my own adventures.”
AUTHOR PROFILE: Erin Seidemann was born and raised in New Orleans in Southeastern Louisiana, a part of the state often described as “south of the South.” Erin is as Southern as a rich café au lait enjoyed in a rocking chair in 100% humidity! She attended Loyola University New Orleans and graduated cum laude with a degree in English Writing. Her professional career started with a job in San Francisco editing financial research. Since that paid about what you’d expect any English degree job to pay, she became licensed as a Supervisory Analyst, someone who approves research for compliance, making sure all the rules are followed. While working in San Francisco, Erin took up flying lessons and immediately became addicted. She bought her beloved plane, which she named Orion, while she was still a student pilot. She also took up tailwheel flying, aerobatics, and helicopters, always in search of the next aviation thrill. After four years in San Francisco, it was time to move back home. Her flying base and essentially second home is Lakefront Airport New Orleans. In the little bit of time she doesn’t spend working or flying, Erin is also a voracious reader, a rabid runner despite the threat of heat stroke, and an insatiable traveler. She holds a commercial rating for single engine and multi engine. Erin owned a Cessna 172SP for over ten years and recently bought a Piper Seneca.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: “My first book! I’m already working on the second book, which will pick up where this one left off.
SAMPLE CHAPTER: (Provide link).
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WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT:
Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Postcards-Sky-Adventures-Erin-Seidemann/dp/1631528262/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468968504&sr=8-1&keywords=postcards+from+the+sky) , iTunes, Indiebound (http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781631528262)
$16.95 paperback (but often discounted at various online sites), $8.69 ebook
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