Author Interview - Shawn Grady - THROUGH THE FIRE


Both my husband and I read THROUGH THE FIRE. We really enjoyed it, very much! We both highly recommend it as a great read, lots of action, suspense, and a touch of romance. Great job on building the climatic end.

Please tell us about THROUGH THE FIRE and how this story started.

THROUGH THE FIRE is essentially about a Reno fireman who has a gift for sensing the fire and is driven to solve the mystery of his father’s death.

You have a unique ‘day job’ that qualifies you to write from your life experiences. Tell us what you do when you’re not writing?

I have served as a firefighter and paramedic over the past decade in Reno.

Were any of the specific medical emergencies or fire situations experiences from real life?

Many of the fire scenes stemmed from experiences I’ve had. I’d morph them, or collage them into a mosaic to drive the story the way it needed to be.

Have you ever been in a fire where you almost didn’t get out?

Fortunately no. The roof collapsed in my first residential fire just after I’d exited the building. Two other guys were knocked down the stairs inside. I remember going to the front doorway of the house as they came out of the cloud.

Have you ever had any experience in investigating fires?

My knowledge is from what I’ve seen investigators do in our department on scenes and an arson investigation class I took as part of my fire science degree. I’ve also gained experience in chemical identification through hazardous materials technician training I’ve gone through in the department.

In THROUGH THE FIRE, A-O [short for Aidan O'Neill] spends some time down in Mexico during the celebration of the dead. Have you ever been there during that time? If so, what was the experience like for you?

I have not, but have read a lot about Dia de los Muertos. It’s not something you really see in the United States. But it is the perfect backdrop for Aidan to “descend” into and experience the things his character needs to go through.

Did your fire/rescue/paramedic buddies know you were writing this book? Were they supportive?

Progressively, yes. They have been very supportive.

What’s your writing time look like? When do you do it?

Often times it’s in the afternoon after I’ve gotten off shift at eight in the morning. If we get slammed with calls after midnight it can make for some bleary eyed afternoons in the coffee shop writing.

Is there a particular character you enjoyed writing for in this book? Why?

Aidan was a blast to write. He’s got a lot of things going on both personally and in his life. Firefighter Lowell was a fun personality to pen with his quirkiness and colorful sarcasm.

When can we expect another book by Shawn Grady to hit the shelves?

My second novel is slated for a summer 2010 release and is about a Reno paramedic who feels like he’s chasing the Angel of Death.

We’d love to have A-O visit with us in a few weeks. Do you think he could do that, and maybe bring a firehouse recipe along?

Oh, for sure. Recipe included, no doubt.

Thanks, Shawn. It's always good chatting with you or your lovely bride.

Now, for the contest...

Go to Shawn's website to find the answer to this question:


I initially attended Point Loma Nazarene University under what declared major?

Leave the answer in a comment below, along with your email address.

Thanks for visiting, folks. If you have a question for Shawn, please ask away...


Carmen7351 said...

This sounds like an intriguing book, as it also includes a mystery. Please enter me.

Answer:a Theology undergrad before shifting direction to acquire an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science Technology as well as Paramedic licensure through Truckee Meadows Community College

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

mez said...

Declared major- A Theology undergrad

I love suspense books that my husband and I both will enjoy. Please include me in the drawing, Through the Fire sounds like an exciting book. Thanks!


Abi said...


Please enter me in the contest. thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Carly Kendall said...

Shawn's major was theology.
Sounds like a great book. Thank you for having this contest.

Ginny H. said...

Those were great questions, Tina. I enjoyed the interview. I also checked out Shawn's site and I love the idea of 'Music to Muse by'. ;)

Tina Dee Books said...

Hi Carmen7351, thanks for stopping by. It was a great book! Hubby wouldn't let me touch it during the last 3rd of the book while he was reading it.

Mez, after hubby read the book he wanted me to read, rather, read faster! LOL! He wanted to discuss the things going on in the book.

Abi, thanks for always stopping in. Really appreciate it. You'll love the book if you win, if you don't, it's well worth the money you'd plunk down at the register, good read!

Carly! I love it when you stop by! Isn't Shawn great? His real-life background really lends to dropping you into the world of A-O [Aidan]. You move from one twist to careening around another. Fun!

Ginny! Shawn has great deep POV in this book. You know how I love that! And double the pleasure is he really gets us deep into a man's POV. And we feel all the tight spots A-O finds himself in when life puts the squeeze on him.

Any questions for Shawn?

Best wishes on winning the contest everybody!

Deborah Vogts said...

Hi Tina & Shawn. Great interview. Shawn's book sounds intriguing. And he studied Theology as an undergrad. ;) Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

Jo said...

Neat interview and the book sounds fascinating.Really do want to read it. He first went for Theology and than switched to Science degree in Fire Science Technology.


thepix said...

Great interview! Awesome book! Shawn is a great writer!

Shawn Grady said...

Hi All!

Tina, thank you for the fantastic spotlight! The Homestead heart is a great blog. Many thanks to everyone for the kind comments.

Btw, book two now officially has a title-


It's been great visiting here!


A J Hawke said...

The answer to the question: Theology

I am constantly looking for books for my brothers and nephews. This looks like one that I will enjoy as well as it will make a nice birthday gift.

I look forward to reading it.

Nice job, Tina. I will be looking for the deep POV.