I am an award-winning author and professional journalist. I have worked as managing editor of several newspapers around the country, and I have also contributed numerous freelance articles to both national and international publications.
In May 2004 my first book Desert Dogs: The Marines of Operation Iraqi Freedom was published. While researching the book, I drew upon my experiences as managing editor of The Georgia Guardian when I accompanied the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Stewart, Georgia on deployment to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Desert Thunder in 1998. Based out of a cabal deep in the Kuwaiti desert near the Iraqi border, I, along with photographer Russ Bryant, documented the daily lives of the 3rd Infantry Division’s 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment.
My latest book, Flying for Her Country: The American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II, was published in 2007. It is the first comparative study to be written about both the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and the Soviet airwomen who flew combat missions during the Second World War. The book originated as my Master's thesis in graduate school. The paperback edition of the book was published by Potomac Books in 2009. Due to brisk book sales, the paperback went into a second printing in 2010. I have written articles on my research in Russian Life, Flight Journal, and WWII Quarterly magazines. I frequently give talks on my book to civic groups and organizations and at conferences nationwide.
In December 2007 I was invited to Moscow, Russia where I attended the annual Aviatrissa forum, an international organization for Russian women aviators. I am often interviewed about my book Flying for Her Country and I serve as a subject matter expert in the media. I was interviewed by the BBC in London for a radio program broadcast worldwide on Nov. 2, 2009 about the “Night Witches” – the Soviet women combat pilots of World War II. Besides the BBC, I have also done interviews for Voice of America, Agence France-Presse, Veterans Radio, KCBQ’s On Air Aviation radio show, KPBS’s These Days radio program, Weider History Group, and the San Diego Union-Tribune. An editorial I wrote on the WASP appeared in the March 6, 2010 issue of The Wall Street Journal.
In 2008 I was asked to write the foreword to Russian World War II pilot Anna Timofeyeva-Yegorova’s autobiography Red Sky, Black Death: A Soviet Woman Pilot’s Memoir of the Eastern Front. The book was published in 2009 by Slavica Publishers.
I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the National WASP World War II Museum in Sweetwater, Texas. I am a member of the Authors Guild, Military Writers Society of America, Women in Aviation, International, and Women Military Aviators.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s degree in history from San Jose State University.
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