Upmarket Commercial/Women’s Fiction
Date Published: January 3, 2019
Publisher: Acorn Publishing LLC
Let pilot Tris Miles lift you up, and fly you to new heights with her inspiring story of love, ambition and the meaning of success.
R. D. Kardon's debut novel puts you in the cockpit with Tris Miles as she navigates the challenges of integrating an all-male corporate flight department in 1997. Tris encounters harassment, marginalization, and backstabbing on her journey to becoming a jet captain.
It’s 1997. Women stand beside men in combat and fly fighter jets. Pilot Tris Miles is not content with her job as a First Officer for tiny Clear Sky Airlines. She wants to be a Captain—the only way she knows to prove her worth as a pilot and atone for a deadly mistake.
To further her career, Tris accepts a prestigious job with Tetrix, Inc. But her dream of becoming pilot-in-command twists into a nightmare.
As the company’s first woman pilot, she encounters resistance, marginalization, and harassment on a daily basis. Fortunately, Tris has one thing her co-workers can’t deny—skill.
When Tris finds herself in a crippled airplane thousands of miles from home she must prove she can lead. With her career on the line, can Tris earn the respect she’s been craving? And if this is the end, can she find the strength to forgive herself?
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The hardest part of writing a novel, to me, is the editing/revision process. While writing a first draft isn’t easy, generally it just needs to be a shell that I’ll fill in during the revision process. Revisions are where I do the really hard work of fleshing out the characters and the plot.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Ha! I really like Bruce Springsteen, so I guess ‘Born to Run,’ ‘Thunder Road,’ and some of his other classics would be the most often played.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I have had a number of Beta readers, who have been ridiculously helpful to me.
What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading “Educated,” by Tara Westover
How did you start your writing career?
I’ve been writing ever since I was a little kid. I wrote poetry and short essays in primary school and then I penned a couple of short stories.
Tell us about your next release.
Ahh! My next release follows the career and personal life of Tris Miles, the main character of ‘Flygirl,’ and puts her in career and life-threatening situations. She gets a boyfriend, but the reader will still wonder who is the true love of her life.
About the Author
Robin "R.D." Kardon was a litigation attorney before beginning a twelve-year flying career as a corporate and airline pilot. She holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and three Captain qualifications. Her travels took her all over the world in every type of airplane from small single-engine Cessnas to the Boeing 737. Robin earned her B.A. in Journalism and Sociology from NYU and J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. A native New Yorker, Robin now lives in San Diego, California with her beloved rescue pets. , a work of fiction inspired by her own aviation experience, is her first novel.