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David Boito Author Interview

Valley Fliers follows a young man who loves remote control aviation but a newcomer threatens to ruin everything with a possible terrorist act. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I live in the San Fernando Valley suburb of Los Angeles and there is a remote-control (rc) miniature airfield not far from me. I would ride my bicycle past this airfield and watch very talented rc pilots engage in riveting dogfights and aerobatics. I spoke with some of the pilots and it inspired me to tell a story set around an airfield like this one.

Jay Smalley feels like an authentic character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I am always interested in the underdog and people who see things that others miss to a point where they are ridiculed because their views are different — I am also a big fan of Hitchcock and the film “Rear Window.” There is a little bit of that Jimmy Stewart character in Jay.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I wanted to explore themes of privacy – and how drones can invade privacy. I also wanted to touch on how drone warfare has changed the proverbial battlefield of yore. But also the theme of growing up and taking it upon yourself to save the day if needed.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am working on a book that partners an LAPD cop with an insect expert from the US Department of Fish and Wildlife as they investigate a suspicious death.

I hope to have it available at the end of this year or early next year.

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Jay Smalley, seventeen, loves remote control aviation. He spends most of his time with model planes at the San Fernando Valley miniature airfield near his home. When a newcomer to the field arrives and boldly practices flight maneuvers with a military-issue drone, Jay suspects he may be an assassin who uses drones to kill.

Jay rallies his skeptical fellow Valley Fliersto surveil the suspect in a move that puts everything he cares about at risk: his scholarship to flight school, his budding romance with Cassie, a fellow remote flier, and his relationship with Kent, the father figure who manages the tiny airfield like it’s Edwards Air Force Base. Is Jay deluded or is he the only chance to stop an act of terrorism that will put hundreds if not thousands of lives in jeopardy?

*Literary Titan Book Award Winner

Valley Fliers

Valley Fliers brings readers into Jay Smalley’s high-flying world. He is a teenager who is determined to get into a prominent aeronautics university and has a passionate hobby flying model airplanes. It may have initially started as a hobby, but Jay is dead set on making it a career and claims that this is his best chance to fly the real thing. As good as he was at his craft, Jay’s mother always cautioned him, and rightly so. Jay is certain that his plan is fool-proof and has already made up his mind. Jay had a good thing going but his flow got disrupted by the arrival of Oren, a mysterious new face in their community of fliers. Is Oren more than he seems? Jay must find out, before someone gets hurt.

If you’re a fan of coming-of-age novels with well-crafted plots, then the Valley Fliers by David Boito is right up your alley. The author brilliantly puts us in the point of view of a strong-willed teen named Jay. Boito succinctly conveys the essential features of the protagonist’s mindset, which helps readers understand him if not relate to him, and his reactions to events always felt authentic.

The author’s knowledge of model airplane navigation is impressive and is used throughout the book to ensure readers are fully immersed in the model airplane world. The lingo is used throughout the book but is never overwhelming, and even if you don’t know the first thing about flying model airplanes you’ll still be able to understand the story.

The plot continually thickens as the protagonist, along with his friends, notice odd things about Oren. The most obvious one being that Oren’s little aircraft has the same build and model to a drone involved in an alleged assassination and terrorist attack. But it couldn’t possibly be Oren, right? This mystery sends Jay and his friends, and readers, spiraling into a rabbit hole of conspiracy and investigations that could potentially put all of them, and their loved ones, in grave danger.

Valley Fliers uses a unique setup to tell a compelling crime fiction story that explores themes of loyalty with charming characters and a budding teen romance to spice things up. This is an entertaining story for anyone looking for a lite crime drama.

Pages: 240 | ASIN: B09J1LP1CT

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