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Brigid Johnson

Mrs. Johnson grew up out West where she earned her professional pilot ratings while pumping gas at the local airport – a job her parents told her she “would not last a week at”. Surviving ‘almost starving’ (O.K., there were LOTS of Raman noodles) as a flight instructor in the coastal areas of the Pacific Northwest (where it rains a LOT), she went on to be one of the first female Captains at the airline that employed her. She later received a doctorate in Criminal Justice in order to pursue a career in that field after hanging up her wings to care for elderly parents. She writes from restored 105-yer-old Mission Bungalow in the Midwest with her engineer husband and two rescue dogs. Mrs. Johnson is active in animal rescue and donates 100% of her writing proceeds to animal rescue organizations across the United States and the United Kingdom as well as Search Dog Foundation of California.

She is a two-time winner (Silver, Gold) of the Reader’s Favorite International Book Award (as L.B. Johnson) and 2019 N.N. Light Best Book of the Year recipient (Memoir)

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True Course – Lessons From a Life Aloft (Memoirs)

“The writing is mesmerizing. She has created aviation writing as poetic and lyrical as that of Saint-Exupéry.” J.A. Schneider: best-selling Author & former writer at Newsweek.

From award-winning, best-selling author Brigid Johnson comes the tale of how one woman’s life in the sky forged an unforgettable destiny. An Award-Winning Amazon #1 Best Seller.

Brigid was raised in a small factory town in the 1960s with loving parents of modest means. It was also a time when aviation was predominantly a male profession. With her family initially not supporting her decision to push some boundaries in her quest to become a professional pilot Brigid nevertheless learned to fly as a young teen. Hers was a busy life of setting limits and learning philosophies of growth and risk well beyond her years, even as she juggled two jobs, college, and a rescue Siberian husky whose wandering spirit put her own to shame.

From first solo to an airline career, and finally a decision to hang up her wings for another profession when her elderly father needed her care, Brigid captures with understanding, humor, and grace the moments that change the path of our lives.

With lyrical expression of her love for flight, she writes old and new stories of family, adventure, and the thrill of taking to the sky. True Course is more than a memoir or a story of the lure of aviation–it’s a story of learning to let the spirit soar and unfurling the wings of personal freedom, an inspiration to adventurers everywhere.