Karl Friedrich, author of Wings: A Novel of World War II Flygirls, on tour October 2011

Posted By on August 15, 2011

About Wings: A Novel of World War II Flygirls

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McBooks Press (April 1, 2011)

Sally Ketchum comes from dirt-poor farm folk. She has little chance of bettering her life until a mysterious barnstormer named Tex teaches her to fly—and becomes the first person worthy of her love. But Tex dies in a freak accident, leaving Sally to make her own way in the world. She enrolls in the U.S. military’s Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program, and in a special school located in West Texas begins learning to fly the biggest, fastest, meanest airplanes the military has to offer. She also reluctantly becomes involved with Beau Bayard, a flight instructor and aspiring writer, who seems to offer her everything she could want. But many people see no place for a “skirt” in the cockpit, and Sally soon finds herself pitted against a high-powered Washington lawyer who wants to disband the WASP once and for all.  Their battle is a story of extraordinary women who broke society’s rules and became heroes, and of men who stood in their way.

About Karl Friedrich

Karl Friedrich was born and grew up in Tyler, Texas. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine and public relations writer, advertising copywriter, and photographer. A lifelong aviation fan, he got his first ride in an airplane at the age of five (“If I’d been six, I’d have had the sense to stay on the ground, as the thing was held together with rust and bailing wire,” he recalls.)

Karl’s friends who fly commercial, military or private aircraft, and his lifelong fascination with women who achieve great accomplishment despite the displeasure of men, provided the inspiration and impetus for Wings.

Karl and his wife live in Washington State.

Karl Friedrich’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, October 3rd:  A Bookish Libraria

Tuesday, October 4th:  Life in Review

Wednesday, October 5th:  Acting Balanced

Monday, October 10th:  The Life (and lies) of an inanimate flying object – guest post

Tuesday, October 11th:  Diary of an Eccentric

Wednesday, October 12th:  “That’s Swell!”

Thursday, October 13th:  Man of La Book

Saturday, October 15th:  Man of La Book – author Q&A

Tuesday, October 18th:  Reviews from the Heart

Wednesday, October 19th:  A Bookish Affair

Thursday, October 20th:  Bags, Books & Bon Jovi

Friday, October 21st:  Flight to Success

Sunday, October 23rd:  Staircase Wit

Tuesday, October 25th:  Unabridged Chick

Wednesday, October 26th:  Melody & Words

Thursday, October 27th:  2 Kids and Tired

Thursday, October 27th:  A Cozy Reader’s Corner

Tuesday, November 1st:  Joyfully Retired

Wednesday, November 2nd:  The House of the Seven Tails

Thursday, November 3rd: Life on the Road as a Pilot



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