The challenges of writing the personal stuff: my interview with Brandi-Ann Uyemura

I'm so honored to be featured on Brandi-Ann's blog, where she and I talk about the challenges of writing about painful events, and finding a traditional publisher.

Adorable video of girl who wants to be a firefighter!

No, this was not me when I was a kid, but I hope she finds her dream job no matter what it may be!

My interview on Her Brotherhood

I am featured on Abby Bolt's podcast, "Her Brotherhood," where I talk about the challenges I faced working on fire crews in the 1970s, and how I came to write my memoir.

Book Promotion: Reinvented

Join me at Women Writers, Women's Books, where I share my book promotion tips, including how to market during a time when social distancing is now a part of our world.


Interview on Out There Podcast

My host on the Out There Podcast, Willow Belden, asks some thought-provoking questions unlike I've been asked before. I hope you will come have a listen!

Segment on PBS show "Arizona Illustrated"

My interview on Arizona Illustrated will first air on Sunday, September 29th at 6:30 p.m. and subsequently 8 more times on KUAT Channel 6 and Channel 6 PLUS. It will also be viewable online. I hope you'll come watch!


OR Watch on YouTube (I'm the last guest.)

Odyssey Storytelling "Disaster"

What a blast I had on September 5th, 2019, telling a "Disaster" themed story at Odyssey Storytelling in Tucson, Arizona! My disaster happened while battling my very first wildfire in 1976. 

Here's the podcast link. (I'm the second storyteller.)

Firefighting dangers: Felling trees

Felling trees is a dangerous task to begin with, but that task is even more dangerous when the tree is on fire. In both cases there's a danger of limbs falling while you are cutting, the tree not falling the way you intended either because of hidden decay or other structural problems with the tree, and the phenomenon of 'barber chair', where the tree splits and kicks back at the sawyer, which can be fatal. 

Why do firefighters cut down trees that are burning? Usually it is because the tree threatens to breach the fireline, or because it is close to where fire crews are working. The challenge of cutting down a burning tree is of course standing that close to flames, but there is also the risk of the gas in the chain saw catching on fire. Watch this video to get a feel for the danger and risks involved.