Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing (December 11, 2018)
“You’ll adore Gin, who’s determined to apply her brilliant computer skills to the mysteries of love… and in doing so, finds herself caught up in high-stakes intrigue. We cheer her on as she learns to trust her gut and heart along with her tech-savvy mind. CROW FLIGHT is a soaring debut from an author to watch.” ―Laura Resau, author of RED GLASS“A timely, fun story that flies across the pages and into your heart. A romantic tale with intriguing content, Cunningham delivers a compelling read about the predictability of life and love. ―Donna Cooner, author of SKINNY and SCREENSHOT
“Crow Flight is a delicious novel. Gin has decided what her life should look like – and it involves logic, equations, computer models, coding, ambition, and over-achieving. An unexpected twist forces her to reconsider, and rather suddenly she finds herself in new territory – a path that calls forth the heart, the willingness to adventure, and most importantly, an effort at finding and honoring the immaterial truth. When an English teacher asks her to consider Victor Hugo’s contention that ‘One must have bread, but before bread, one must have the ideal,’ she boldly launches forth into a world of discovery, romance, and danger. This book, like Gin’s adventure, is a beauty.” ―Laura Pritchett, winner of the PEN USA Award in Fiction
The curious flight patterns of crows lead a teen computer programmer down a path of mystery and romance.
Gin trusts logic a little too much. She even designs programs to decide what to eat and how to spend her time. All that changes when she’s paired with a new transfer student, Felix, on a computer modeling assignment to explain certain anomalies in the behavior of crows.
As she enters Felix’s world and digs further into the data behind crow behavior, Gin uncovers a terrible secret. And the wrong decision could equal disaster squared . . .
Susan Cunningham lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys science nearly as much as writing: she’s traveled to the bottom of the ocean via submarine to observe life at hydrothermal vents, camped out on an island of birds to study tern behavior, and now spends time in an office analyzing data on wool apparel. She blogs about writing and science at susancunninghambooks.com.
1. What is on your nightstand?
Books, of course – right now I have The Library Book by Susan Orlean and From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon. There’s a small collage I did in January (my theme for this one was ‘Dream’). A crow statute my husband gave me that reminds me of the importance of research (and of how grateful I am for his support). And an old green glass jar filled with little pieces of paper with some of my hopes and goals… one was to publish a book!
2. What author would you totally fan?
Rainbow Rowell. I love her novels. They’re so funny and real and filled to the brink with love.
3. What makes you cringe?
The word ‘utilize.’ And listening to myself do interviews.
4. Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I brainstorm a bit, then write a messy first draft. If I try to plot the first draft too much, I get overwhelmed by the thousands of directions the story can take. But once I have that first draft done, I go back and revise and work on plotting (Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder and Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody are great resources).
5. Is there a word you love to use?
‘Milk’ is one of my favorite words to say. I’m not sure why, but something about how it sounds cracks me up. And a friend pointed out that I like to say ‘Interesting,’ a lot. Which is, well, interesting…!
*This is my dog, Cricket. True to her name, she is energetic and always ready for an adventure. She’s a great listener, too – when I’m working alone in my home office, she’s the one I talk with.
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