Landrum author writes ‘Grannie Birdie Earns Her Wings’

Published 5:30 pm Friday, April 6, 2012

Bonnie Zelinskie flanked LTC John Allen Albree, U.S. Army Ret. (right), and CPT Tryon Lindabury, U.S. Air Force. (photo submitted by Debra Halborn)

Landrum children’s book writer Debra Halborn said she was inspired by last year’s Tryon Daily Bulletin story of Bonnie Zelinskie’s wind tunnel and tandem skydive adventures. Last November, Halborn not only flew the wind tunnel for her own 60th-birthday experience, she also met and interviewed Zelinskie to share stories.
Based on Zelinksie’s adventures, Halborn wrote “Grannie Birdie Earns Her Wings!,” a self-published children’s picture book. As reference for the cover illustration, Halborn asked Zelinskie and two friends to pose for the cover concept. This photo will be used to create the final cover, which will be a juxtaposition of Grannie Birdie standing at attention between two paratroopers. Work is in progress on the interior illustrations and layout.
– article submitted
by Debra Halborn