Through the eyes of a little girl, readers get to see the beauty of the United States by viewing some of it most identifiable and cherished landmarks. Along with the rider, children also get a new sense of freedom as experienced by one of nature�s most magnificent creatures- a bird in flight. Both parent and child will come away from this story with a renewed sense of patriotism and pride.
Nikki Johnson was born in 1974 as the second of three daughters to a career military father. It was on this overseas tour that Nikki discovered her love for reading and writing. It was during this time that she wrote her first short story, The Mugger. Once back in the United States, Nikki cultivated this love by writing for school literary journals class assignments and self enjoyment.
In 1994, Nikki joined the �family business� when she received her commission in the United States Army Reserves from New Mexico Military Institute. In 1996 Nikki began attending The University of Texas@ El Paso where she completed classes in children�s literature. In 1999 she earned her Bachelor�s degree from Park University and was selected for active duty.
Her duty assignments included Ft. Carson, Colorado; Ft. Lee, Virginia; and Ft. Bliss, Texas. In 2001 she deployed to Camp Doha, Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2003, the Johnson family suffered an emotional blow when older sister, Shoshana Johnson, was captured and held as a POW during the early months of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In May 2005, Nikki resigned her commission. She lives in El Paso, Texas with her two children and is currently seeking teacher certification in Texas.