Today we welcome Jeffrey Jorgenson, author of Open Air.
BOOK ‘EM: Tell us about you and your life outside of writing.
JEFFREY JORGENSON: I have traveled to many countries and most of the US States while serving 21 years in the Military. I earned my business degree and flight instructor certificate along the way. Now I am a proud dad of two and have had 5 foreign exchange students.
BOOK ‘EM: Which books have you written? What are they about and why did you choose to write them? Do your books have a message? Are they fiction or nonfiction?
JEFFREY JORGENSON: I have written a family-friendly, non-fiction book called, “Open Air – How People Like Yourself are Changing the Aviation Industry.” It is the most comprehensive introductory guide to aviation on the market.
BOOK ‘EM: Do you have a work in progress?
JEFFREY JORGENSON: I do not yet have another work in progress, but I do have some great ideas!
BOOK ‘EM: What was the most difficult section/piece you ever wrote? What made it difficult?
JEFFREY JORGENSON: The most difficult section was about aviation safety because I made the comparison to automobiles. It was difficult because automobile statistics are in miles driven and aviation statistics are stated in hours flown. I had to make some assumptions in order to average out the number for an accurate comparison.
BOOK ‘EM: What sort of research do you do for your work?
JEFFREY JORGENSON: I suppose I performed informal research by utilizing commonalities I had observed in flight students and unaided aviation enthusiasts.
BOOK ‘EM: Which books and authors do you read for pleasure? Is there an author that inspires you?
JEFFREY JORGENSON: Perhaps not surprisingly, I read a number of aviation books. When i was younger, I enjoyed Steven King books. Now I’m more inspired by friends and local authors.
BOOK ‘EM: Was there a person who encouraged you to write?
JEFFREY JORGENSON: No. In fact, I was discouraged by someone close to me. I never gave up!
BOOK ‘EM: What would you say are your strengths as an author?
JEFFREY JORGENSON: My strength is that I’m genuine. I live what I write and I wrote what I live.
BOOK ‘EM: How often do you write, and do you write using a strict routine?
JEFFREY JORGENSON: I committed to 15 minutes a day. Some days that translated into 3 words, some days it turned into several hours of non-stop writing.
BOOK ‘EM: Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a writer?
JEFFREY JORGENSON: I don’t really see myself as a writer, but a storyteller. I hope to get better. I think I will.
BOOK ‘EM: If you could offer one piece of advice to a novice writer, what would it be?
JEFFREY JORGENSON: Talk to a lot of authors and support them in promoting their books. It will give you a lot of insight and, in turn, it will help you understand more about your work.
BOOK ‘EM: What would you consider the best compliment a reader could give your book?
JEFFREY JORGENSON: “This is great! There is nothing else like it on the market, people need to read this!”
BOOK ‘EM: Provide an excerpt of your writing that you would like to share with our members.
JEFFREY JORGENSON: “Whether we are just beginning to learn to fly or a fourth-generation pilot, all pilots endure the rites of passage and build lifetime memories of shared experiences: our first flight lesson, our first solo flight, and the list goes on and on.
We remember our training. Our flight instructor replaces the voice of our mother or father when we’re in the airplane: “Where’s your checklist? … Right rudder … Step on the ball … Fly the airplane!” And after finishing a flight, you might hear your instructor’s affirmation – “Good job!”
But there is a much larger element to aviation than just learning how to fly. Aviation is the most world-changing innovation of modern times besides the Internet and cell phones. The history of flight is one which is largely untold and can only truly be realized through a combination of knowledge and life experience. Aviation is everywhere, but it hides in the shadows from those who aren’t trained to see it. It becomes a way of life, if you let it. Aviation opens doors to the things that dreams are made of!”
You can find out more about Jeffrey Jorgenson and his work by going to his website. Click here to go to that site.