Our guest today is Mary Lawlor, author of the memoir, FIGHTER PILOT'S DAUGHTER: GROWING UP IN THE SIXTIES AND THE COLD WAR! Here are Mary's 10 author confessions!
1. I sometimes miss what people are actually saying and what’s really happening around me because I’m imagining dramatic and extravagant turn-outs for these same conversations and situations.
2. It took me 4 years to write my memoir, Fighter Pilot’s Daughter.
3. When I set out to write Fighter Pilot’s Daughter I had to look at my Dad’s records to find out the sequence of where he worked and when.
4. I’m embarrassed about sounding like a professor in my writing and try hard to keep that voice out of my books.
5. I’d like to have a tiara.
6. My favorite animals are spiders.
7. My favorite meal is breakfast, and sometimes I eat two of them in a row.
8. My first novel took me fourteen and a half years to write.
9. I really like to be alone.
10. I like circus music a whole lot.
About the Author
Mary Lawlor grew up in an Army family during the Cold War. Her father was a decorated fighter pilot who fought in the Pacific during World War II, flew missions in Korea, and did two combat tours in Vietnam. His family followed him from base to base and country to country during his years of service. Every two or three years, Mary, her three sisters, and her mother packed up their household and moved. By the time she graduated from high school, she had attended fourteen different schools. These displacements, plus her father?s frequent absences and brief, dramatic returns, were part of the fabric of her childhood, as were the rituals of base life and the adventures of life abroad.
As Mary came of age, tensions between the patriotic, Catholic culture of her upbringing and the values of the sixties counterculture set family life on fire. While attending the American College in Paris, she became involved in the famous student uprisings of May 1968. Facing her father, then posted in Vietnam, across a deep political divide, she fought as he had taught her to for a way of life completely different from his and her mother’s.
Years of turbulence followed. After working in Germany, Spain and Japan, Mary went on to graduate school at NYU, earned a Ph.D. and became a professor of literature and American Studies at Muhlenberg College. She has published three books, Recalling the Wild (Rutgers UP, 2000), Public Native America (Rutgers UP, 2006), and most recently Fighter Pilot’s Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War (Rowman and Littlefield, September 2013).
She and her husband spend part of each year on a small farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Her latest book is the memoir, Fighter Pilot’s Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War.
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About the Book:
FIGHTER PILOT’S DAUGHTER: GROWING UP IN THE SIXTIES AND THE COLD WAR tells the story of the author as a young woman coming of age in an Irish Catholic, military family during the Cold War. Her father, an aviator in the Marines and later the Army, was transferred more than a dozen times to posts from Miami to California and Germany as the government’s Cold War policies