About K. Meador

K-Trina Meador Pickard is a quality control inspector for AAR, Oklahoma City who has been with the company for a little over two years. K-Trina 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. Contract jobs found K-Trina employed in Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, and Hawaii before moving to Oklahoma City. After eight months of working as an avionic technician at AAR in OKC, she transferred into the quality control department.

Christmas Photo 2014
In addition to being an Aircraft Inspector, K-Trina writes books in her spare time using the pen name K. Meador. Her books are available in e-book, paperback, and audio formats. Three books are in the historical drama genre: An anthology Their Journey Begins, a limited first edition of Journey to Freedom, and The Knight of the Dixie Wilds. She has two children’s books: Princess Alexia and the Dragon and On Top of the Rainbow. Both picture books are geared for children between the ages of 3-8. The stories can be read by the child alone or with the aid of their parents. Both Princess Alexia and the Dragon and On Top of the Rainbow have been translated into Spanish. K-Trina also has written a book of poetry, Transcendence.

1961 Chevy Truck and my siblings and I
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, creator 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.

Looking back, if she had to do it again K-Trina would have chosen to attend college, studying writing as a career. Although aviation has given K-Trina a rewarding career where she has met a variety of people, writing is her first love.

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.  

Editing is the most time consuming and often tedious part of the writing process. Marketing is even less fun for her because K-Trina shies away from publicity. Away from the public eye, K-Trina relaxes by hanging out with friends, hiking, or visiting state parks in the area. She enjoys photography and often finds inspiration in nature.

K-Trina was asked when she found the time to write in addition to having a family and a career. K-Trina 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.

Uncle Jim and I
My Dad and I - the farm in the
background with the rainbow
Juggling to find balance within her life with two full time jobs is a challenge. K-Trina is thankful for the support of friends and family who understand when she is unavailable for social events. However, K-Trina is also thankful when they insist she takes a break, leaving her desk to enjoy some relaxation time. Both are needed. 

Road Trip with Nicco (left) and Pete (right)
Oahu Sunset

Celebrating my birthday on the Big Island

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