K-Trina Meador Pickard is a quality control inspector for Valair Aviation in Bethany, Oklahoma. She started her aviation career by attending a technical school in Texas where she received her Associate Degree in Applied Science: Aviation Maintenance. Several years later, K-Trina returned to college and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and her FCC license. Contracting jobs found K-Trina employed in Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, and Hawaii before moving to Oklahoma City.
In addition to being an Aircraft Inspector, K-Trina also lives on twenty acres of land outside the small town of Macomb, Oklahoma. She has been adopted by five cats and one dog who were all abandoned outside her home and now have a forever home. All six four-legged critters bring her joy and happiness.
K-Trina was raised on a seventy-acre farm outside the small town of Cross Plains, Texas which is the hometown of Robert E. Howard, author of Conan the Barbarian. Living on a farm brought her opportunities that she otherwise would not have had. Working with the family business, K-Trina started installing and cleaning carpets when she was nine-years-old. She was driving a tractor years before attaining her drivers permit. Her first vehicle, a 1961 Chevy 4 X 4 is being refurbished to its former glory.
All types of animals inhabited the farmstead and with four stock tanks, fishing and swimming were a regular past time. K-Trina’s responsibilities included taking care of cattle, a twenty-year-old barrel racer horse named Girly, and an orphaned calf named Thanny. Over the years, there were geese, peacocks, ducks, rabbits, chickens, roosters, and numerous cats and dogs. In addition to the fun times, K-Trina and her siblings had to watch out for the coyotes, panthers, wild hogs, rattlesnakes, copperheads, and bull snakes.
All through Junior High and High School, K-Trina was active in sports and excelled in basketball. In addition to sports, K-Trina also participated in the local 4H and, then, FFA where she showed both rabbits and sheep.
Even though K-Trina always enjoyed writing and participating in creative writing classes in school, her first writing success occurred as a junior during the “say no to drugs” campaign. The high school held a competition accepting posters, videos, music, and/or short stories. K-Trina submitted a story called No Way Out and won first place, along with a fifteen dollar check. No Way Out was born out of sheer panic of forgetting the assignment, and it was written within forty-five minutes.
The best part of being an author is when K-Trina holds the finished product in her hands and thinks, “Wow, it is done.” The scariest part of being an author is reader feedback- not everyone is going to like her work.
K-Trina was asked when she found the time to write in addition to having a family and a career. She writes whenever and wherever she can. She has scribbled on a napkin at a diner, pulled a vehicle over and written an idea down on a spiral notebook she carries with her before forgetting the thought, or wakes up in the middle of the night to record her dream before it slips away.
What about writers block? How do you get through it? a reader once asked. Writers block is something every author experiences, but the key is to work through the scene. This point separates the less experienced author with the experienced author. An experienced author will make themselves sit down at their desk and write through the block; an inexperienced author will give up.
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