An Exclusive Interview With Storming Pilot Hitch Hitchcock

Storming K.M. WeilandIt’s not every day I get to revisit my characters after finishing their stories. We all go our own ways, me back to my typing and them back to their glamorous, adventurous lives. But lucky for me, Hitch Hitchcock, protagonist of my recently released aviation-adventure novel Storming is different.

We share the same hometown in western Nebraska, so Hitch was pretty easy to track down for an interview about his recent adventures in my book. (What about the time continuum between now and August 1920, you ask? Pfft. Writer’s trade secret.)

I find him in a hayfield. In boots and suspenders, sleeves rolled to his elbows, he’s busy mending a tear in his biplane’s canvas wing. He sees me coming and straightens up, wiping his hands on an oily rag. He squints. I must say, he might look a little happier to see me.

As soon as I’m within earshot, I pull out my notebook and get right down to business.

Long time, no see! Our book just came out last month, and I need to ask you a couple more questions. Everyone is dying to know—

Whoa now, sweetheart. [He holds out his hands to stop me in my tracks.] You can’t just come tromping back in here without warning anybody. The last time you swung by, everything started burning like the devil’s bacon.

What? You mean you think that was my fault?

Wasn’t hardly mine, now was it? I was just flying along, minding my own business when—whammo!—you get your hooks in me and suddenly I’ve lightning zapping my biplane, crazy women kicking me in the shins, and my own brother trying to knock my lights out.

Oh, come on, I didn’t do any of that. You’re the one who had backstory issues to work through, heroics to perform, and a really funny cute meet (if I don’t say so myself) to endure. All I did was write it down.

Yeah, uh-huh, not buying that one. [He turns back and crouches next to the Jenny’s wing.] I saw your story outline. Don’t you think having me getting kicked in the shins, slapped in the face, punched half a dozen times, stabbed twice, and conked in the head [he tallies on his fingers] about three times—don’t you think that might be just a little excessive?

You were doing some punching—and shooting, too—if I remember correctly. Anyway, I’m not here to argue about that. It’s all in the past, right? All I’m here for is to ask a few follow-up questions. For instance, I’m sure everyone wants to know how you and Jael—

Look. [Still crouching, he props his hands on his knees and squints at me again.] That’s another thing. Seems like you could have made everything a heap easier for her right from the start. Where’d you get this crazy idea she shouldn’t speak English? If she’d just talked proper sense from the start, we could have got that whole mess sorted out a lot sooner.

Yes, well, originally she was going to be a time traveler dying of cancer or something—so maybe you should be thanking me instead, ever think of that? Oh, and she was going to fall in love with a farmer.

[Finally, that gets a grin.] Let me guess. Just couldn’t concentrate on the farmer after I came onto the scene, could you? [He winks.]

Hmp. More like you had way more problems I had to concentrate on taking care of.

Yeah, tell me about it. Like the way I talk, for instance. Who says “good gravy,” huh? Tell me that.

I do, actually. And … Gary Cooper.


Never mind. You won’t see him for a couple years. But watch out for him in Wings. It’s about pilots. You’ll like it.

Oh, moving picture star. [He doesn’t sound impressed. Then he looks like a thought occurs, and he peers up at me.] Yeah, about that. I was on Pinterest the other day.

[Chokes.] You were what?

I saw your casting choices for all of us. Cole Hauser for me? Come on. Who even knows who Cole Hauser is? And that crazy dreamlander guy from your last book gets Chris Pine? How’s that work, huh?

[I can feel the time continuum starting to close in. I start backing away.] You know what, I think I’ll come back later with those questions. I’ll just pop over and see Jael instead. Maybe she’ll give me a quote.

[He shrugs, but I swear there’s an evil twinkle in his eyes.]

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An Exclusive Interview With Storming Pilot Hitch Hitchcock

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  1. Just read your Outline of Storming and the book is on order. Really looking forward to taking the book apart with your Outline Notes. As for which character, surely Jael is next for Storming.

    For other favourites of mine, how about Mara of Acoma in “Daughter of the Empire”, Servant of the Empire” and :Mistress of the Empire” series by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts ?? Her evolution from helpless orphan to effective Empress of an Empire is something worth asking about.

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      I haven’t read that one. I’ll have to check it out! And it’s great to hear you’re finding the outline transcript useful!

  2. Very fun stuff! 😀 Can’t wait to meet Jael.

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      This is actually straight out of the “bonus features” for Storming, which features interviews from Jael, the Berringers, and Walter (as well as other goodies, such as a story soundtrack; pix of characters, costumes, and settings; research notes; and wallpaper). You can find the link to the extras in the back of the book!

  3. Cool! A very effective way of getting us refocused on Storming …. haven’t finished reading my copy yet, but I WILL! Interesting, isn’t it, to look at the places familiar to you as if you were a stranger coming upon them for the first time. Best, Mary

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      Thanks! I actually meant to post this back in December but forgot about it. It was fun for me to revisit it too!

  4. Howdy!

    This was fun! Well from Storming I”d definitely like to interview Hitch and Jael. It’s hard to separate characters from one another but Jael is the most intriguing since so little is known about her and her people. Hitch, we pretty much know everything minus one detail. Then I’d hang out with Mama Nan and family. They seem like a great bunch.

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      Jael has an interview of her own in the “bonus features”–which you can access via the link in the back of the book.

  5. Your way of outlining is a bit differed to me, I ten to mind map. Feist’s books have a LOT of good character depth. Must
    re-read them. The Magician is fantstic

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      My brain tends to run in a linear line, so although I *do* essentially mindmap, I don’t do it in a mindmapping way. If that makes any sense at all. :p I prefer to use a question and answer format, in which I’m logically working through plot holes.

  6. Love it! XD It’s hilarious how he’s resisting to the interview.

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