BOOKS BY MY FRIENDS: Flying Blind: A Cropduster’s Story by LUANNE OLEAS


Flying Blind: A Cropduster’s Story by Luanne Oleas

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Welcome to Books By My Friends, Luanne! Tell us about your book Flying Blind: A Cropduster’s Story.

JH: What’s the blurb for your book?

LO: A cropduster shouldn’t teach a priest to fly. At least not Tony. He shouldn’t be having an affair with his boss’ wife either. Tony flees Texas at the point of a shotgun and finds himself unemployed. As a flight instructor, he demonstrates flying spray runs to his worst student, Father Roberto. Imagine the Great Waldo Pepper teaching Mother Theresa to fly in Steinbeck’s Salinas Valley in 1972.

JH: What inspired you to write Flying Blind: A Cropduster’s Story?

LO: My husband was a cropduster for 16 years. The stories I heard, the people I met, and the crazy things I saw inspired me to create this book as a compilation of all the ag pilots I had met and their misdeeds.

JH: What one thing do you love most about writing?

LO: The escape. I don’t much care for the business end of writing, but, as my British friends say, I can fill up a sheet of A4 paper faster than anyone I know. I’ve done it since I was a kid. I suppose if I was any good at anything besides writing, I would have pursued that.

JH: What’s next for you in the way of writing/publishing?

LO: I’ve currently sent a full manuscript of my latest work-in-progress (WHEN ALICE PLAYED THE LOTTERY ( to a publisher. It’s the story of a destitute Silicon Valley widow who wins the lottery and reinvents herself on reality TV. While I’m waiting, I’m working on my next novel, SHEDDING CATS, about a technical writer with too many cats who survives a workplace shooting.

JH: How can readers contact you?


Luanne Oleas


My two published, literary fiction novels are FLYING BLIND, A Cropduster’s Story (Sand Hill Review Press, 2019), and A PRIMROSE IN NOVEMBER (self-published, 2011.) I’m a member of the Authors Guild and the California Writers Club. I’ve also worked as a journalist (news and features), a newspaper columnist, and a technical writer.

JH: Flying Blind: A Cropduster’s Story sounds like a great book. Thanks for dropping by and filling us in about it. Please come back soon to update us on your next release.

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