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
fireman who has a gift for sensing the fire and is driven to solve the mystery of his father’s death. Reno
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
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
during the celebration of the dead. Have you ever been there during that time? If so, what was the experience like for you? Mexico
I have not, but have read a lot about Dia de los Muertos. It’s not something you really see in the
. But it is the perfect backdrop for Aidan to “descend” into and experience the things his character needs to go through. United States
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
was a fun personality to pen with his quirkiness and colorful sarcasm. Lowell
My second novel is slated for a summer 2010 release and is about a
paramedic who feels like he’s chasing the Angel of Death. Reno
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.
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