Book Signing June 20
Thursday, June 20, I return to Covered Treasures Bookstore, 105 2nd Street, in Monument, Colorado, to sign and sell my books about the women pilots who flew for the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II.
Monument is hosting its first Art Hop of Summer 2019 from 5 to 8 that evening, and my books and I get to be part of it. Many many thanks to Tommie and Paula, my hostesses. PLEASE come see us!!!
My new release, Nancy Love: WASP Pilot makes its Colorado debut that evening. Like its predecessor in my fledgling WASP Pilot series, BJ Erickson: WASP Pilot, the Nancy Love biography is written for a young audience, roughly ages 10-14. Adults too will find Love’s story a captivating as well as inspirational read. Love was the founder and leader of the women ferry pilots — known as WASP or Women Airforce Service Pilots. During WWII, 303 of these women ferried (moved) aircraft across the U.S. to wherever they were needed.
Ferrying Fighters THE Job in 1944
However, the most important role played by the WASP ferry pilots surfaced in 1944 when they were called on to deliver powerful single-engine pursuit (fighter) aircraft to the East Coast docks at Newark, New Jersey. From there, these aircraft — critical to the battle to take Europe back from German control — were put aboard Liberty ships and sent to England. There, our male pilots stationed in England and Italy flew those fighters against the Germans, leading up to D-Day and beyond.
In 1944, the 134 pursuit (fighter)-qualified women pilots under Nancy Love’s command delivered a total of 4,038 fighter aircraft. Of those, 928 were the premier U.S. fighter, the P-51 Mustang. Nancy Love was the first woman to fly a P-51.
Sarah’s first WASP book The Originals will be available as will BJ Erickson: WASP Pilot.
Sarah Colorado Author’s League Finalist for BJ Erickson Biography
I am very pleased and proud to announce that my first Young Adult book, BJ Erickson: WASP Pilot, has earned a Finalist Award from the Colorado Authors League. The CAL awards were announced Sunday June 9, at the annual awards ceremony in Denver. This fits very nicely with BJ’s First Place win of the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Young Adult Nonfiction, given earlier this year by Story Circle Network.
In July, I will present a program on the WASP and feature my books at the International Ninety-Nines Convention in Dayton, Ohio. The Ninety-Nines are women pilots, of which I am one. The organization was founded by Amelia Earhart and 98 other charter members on November 2, 1929. With this convention, we Ninety-Nines are celebrating 90 years of sisterhood through flying.
My D-Day Talk With AP Reporter Revisited!
If you’d like to see the article that resulted from my June 6 talk with AP reporter John Leicester, it is on Facebook. The link below should pick it up.
Thanks for reading my blog this week. Lots going on right now.