Byron Edgington


A retired commercial pilot, I returned to college late and earned my BA in English from The Ohio State University in 2012 at age 63. Also in 2012, my essay titled 'Lift Off' won the Bailey Prize for prose. Lift Off is in the 2012 edition of The Chrysalis Reader, a story of my return to Ohio to care for my dying father. Other publication credits and works in progress are listed on my website.

I'm married to my best friend, Mariah, who happens to be my best editor, too. We have three daughters, and four grandkids. My writing centers on a life in the sky, the place I made my living and where I found serenity, safety and spiritual fulfillment. I live and write at the base of the Andes, in Medellin Colombia.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm convinced that I can make the world a little bit better place for someone else. My writing reflects that wish, I hope, that the only thing worthwhile in life is leaving the campsite a bit cleaner than we found it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing. Seriously, I spend a great deal of time working on social issues such as LGBT rights and efforts to elimintae the divisive, corrosive dialogue in our society.
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Where to buy in print


The Sky Behind Me 2nd Edition, Extended Downwind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,940. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, & technology » Technical Writing
The Sky Behind Me is aviation memoir, and instructional matter on Crew Resource Management. TSBM fits on shelves alongside Chickenhawk, What It is Like to Go to War, CW-2, A Final Arc of Sky: A Memoir of Critical Care and Flying: The Aviation Trilogy. Non-fiction readers who love flying and human interest tales will devour The Sky Behind Me.