Susan Clotfelter Jimison, author of Dear Mark, lives in the Atlanta area with her husband, Mike, and the best dog in the world—Dude. Her memoir, Dear Mark, was nominated for the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Award in the memoir category.




Through the eyes of a tiger

In 1941, the American Volunteer Group, better known as the Flying Tigers, successfully battled the Japanese in the sky under the skillful command of General Claire Lee Chennault. Their small cadre of trained fighter pilots went to China determined to fight the Japanese, who had already brutally murdered over a million Chinese men, women, and children. This is the story of one member of the original Flying Tigers, John Donovan. Through his letters, in his own words, you will travel the seas to Burma, experience the pitfalls of training, and learn what it was like to see the “big red circle” on a Japanese fighter plane up close.  From Florida’s Pensacola Naval Air Station to the Hanoi airfield where John was shot down, you are taken on a flight back in time—one you won’t soon forget.


Paperback | ISBN 978-1-941165-88-1 | 286 pages


Dear Mark

“Courage—that’s what it took to fly those fearsome Cobra gunships into the hellfire that was the Vietnam War, and it’s what author Susan Jimison calls upon as she opens her heart and reflects on her heroic aviator brother Mark, who died piloting his Cobra along the Laotian border.”

—Jedwin Smith, author of Our Brother’s Keeper