My Pioneering, Glass Ceiling Breaking, World Record Holding, Person of Color, Immigrant, Pilot, Military Officer, Veteran Mom

My Pioneering, Glass Ceiling Breaking, World Record Holding, Person of Color, Immigrant, Pilot, Military Officer, Veteran Mom

hette-amade2Every Veterans Day I give a shout out to my mom, Hette Amade, who is 82-years-old and a huge fan of YA Fantasy books. In fact, I JUST mailed her a printed copy of Sanctuary, Shifter Chronicles Book One, and I’m nervous as all get out about how she’s going to respond. (I told her to be kind. )

My mom served as a First Lieutenant from 1953-1962 in the Royal Netherlands Air Force.  She had immigrated to the Netherlands from Indonesia, where she was born in Surakarta on the island of Java in 1934. When she joined the Royal Netherlands Air Force, she was 19-years-old – an amazing teenager! She had always known she wanted to be a pilot, so it was an obvious choice for her. [Read more…]