About the Author

Meet Becky Wallick

     I was born in 1956, the last of four children, and raised in Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle. Despite my father’s best efforts, I did not become a test pilot, or even a private pilot. Instead, I pursued interests in history and law, obtaining a B.A. in History from the University of Washington in 1980 and a J.D. from the University of Puget Sound Law School (now Seattle University School of Law) in 1983.

     I became a solo practitioner in family law. But I’m wasn't happy as a lawyer. Family law is a stressful, draining business, especially when you represent the children in high-conflict custody cases. Growing up with a father who loved what he did for a living and counted himself lucky to be paid to follow his passion, I wanted that same feeling.

     I love to write. I began to think about writing as a vocation. I took some courses. I found success writing magazine articles on topics I’m passionate about--dogs, running, animal law--and eventually became a Contributing Editor for The Bark magazine.

     Now, my father’s passion for flying and my own for telling and writing stories is combined in Growing Up Boeing, a memoir weaving together the best test flight stories I heard as a child or obtained during later interviews with my insider’s peek behind the curtain, showing why that era was a special time to grow up in Seattle and what made being around those test pilots so damn cool.

     I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I always have.

     I live in Kirkland, not far from where I grew up. Raised a tomboy, I’m still an avid athlete. Trail running is my current outdoors passion. I have always loved dogs, and presently share my life with Finn MacCool, an Australian shepherd who is my most consistent trail running partner. I’m pretty sure my next book will be about dogs.

~ Becky

Contact me at: becky@growingupboeing.com