Titusville Exhibit Highlights Author’s Storm Photography

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Chris Kridler's Work Featured March 22

(VIDEO: Chris Kridler)

BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Storm chasing has become a TV spectator sport, and Florida storm chaser and writer Chris Kridler explores that idea with thrilling action, humor and drama in her new novel, “Tornado Pinball.”

“Tornado Pinball” is a storm-chasing adventure and the sequel to “Funnel Vision,” by Brevard author Chris Kridler. (Image courtesy of Chris Kridler)

The book was published earlier this month and will be celebrated Friday, March 22 with the opening of an exhibit of Kridler’s storm photography and a book signing at the Downtown Gallery in Titusville.

Here’s a summary of the novel: Just when TV shows about storm chasing can’t get any more extreme, along comes a production company with the ultimate exploit: the Bubble, a manned tornado probe.

As the reluctant consultant, expert storm chaser Jack Andreas must get the show’s nervous star, failed tour operator Brad Treat, into a twister.

But Jack is losing his customary cool as a comedy of errors unfolds.

Distracting him is co-star Saffire, a Hollywood actress who is more than she seems, and producer Wynda, who will do anything to make her documentary succeed.

Author Chris Kridler will sign copies of her new novel, “Tornado Pinball” and will be celebrated March 22 with the opening of an exhibit of her storm photography at the Downtown Gallery in Titusville. (Image by Amanda Stratford)

The daring star of another show pursues them, desperate for a shot with his own flying machine. As the disasters mount, will Jack be able to launch their device into a tornado? In this second Storm Seekers novel — the sequel to “Funnel Vision” — “Tornado Pinball” delivers an unforgettable adventure with action, humor, romance and stunning storms.

Kridler is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience who has worked at Florida Today, The Baltimore Sun and The Charlotte Observer, covering  space, features and the arts.

Her photos have appeared in magazines and on book covers; she was featured in Popular Photography; and her video has appeared on numerous television shows.

She won the Best Documentary award at the 2011 Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival for her short film “Chasing Reality,” about the realities of storm chasing and has been interviewed in various media, including documentaries on The Travel Channel and The Weather Channel and on “American Variety Radio” on public radio.

Originally from Pennsylvania, she went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives in Rockledge.

“Tornado Pinball” is available as a trade paperback for $14.95 and in several e-book formats for $2.99.

Kridler also will appear to tell true tales of storm chasing and sign her novels “Funnel Vision” and “Tornado Pinball” in a free public event at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at the Cocoa Beach Library atv 550 N. Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Beach.

Visit http://chriskridler.com/books for more information, high-resolution book cover images and author photos, a “Funnel Vision” book trailer and a Q&A interview.