Reading and Book Signing at Penegrine Books in Prescott, AZ

 I had a wonderful time in Prescott, talking about my book and the challenges of wildland firefighting last Saturday!

Bone-chilling song about early firefighting

In 1949 the Mann Gulch Fire claimed the lives of 13 amazing song by Richard Shindell, documenting early firefighting before fire behavior was understood.

Book signing event in Bisbee, Arizona

What a great time I had signing my book in Bisbee, AZ yesterday! Okay, so I only sold 4 books, but out of the 4, 3 were purchased by men, and two of those men made a special trip to meet and and buy a signed copy.

Why is this a big deal? Because it's a fact that women read more than men, and women also read more memoirs. I'm delighted that men are interested in my story!

Speaking engagement at the San Diego Memoir Writers Association

On Saturday, May 5th, I sat on a small panel to discuss the option of finding a small publisher instead of a literary agent, self-publishing, or using a hybrid publisher. Over 40 people attended. I'm so honored to be able to share my publishing journey with those either beginning their own journey, or hoping to some day embark!

What is it like being one of the first women on a Forest Service fire crew?

That was the question posed to me when I was asked to write an article for the blog "Women of 2018." I am honored to be featured there today.

My interview on eBook Showcase

I'm honored to be a guest of Graham Higson, where I share how my book came about and offer advice for those who would like to publish a memoir.

Virtual book tour: A reading from Summers of Fire

I hope you'll come listen to an excerpt from Summers of Fire on Universal by Design's Virtual Book Tour Segment!

In the news! The head of the U.S. Forest Service resigns

Amidst the backlash of the PBS video where woman stepped up to voice the horrendous treatment they experience while working for the U.S. Forest Service, Chief Tony Tooke resigns. Amazing. I hope this signals major changes! It would be about time.

Women speak out about mistreatment in the U.S. Forest Service

I was blacklisted when I reported discrimination in it is, 40 years later, and nothing has changed. What needs to be done? Why do men think this behavior is acceptable?


My interview with Melissa Dee: Fifteen Minutes with Interesting People

Thank you to Melissa Dee for asking me to join her website's segment: Fifteen Minutes with Interesting People

Panel discussion hosted by Melissa Dee: Publishing Today

Join me and three other authors as we discuss our publishing journeys.

Publishing Today

Guest blog post: Writing the tough stuff in memoir

How do you write about difficult times in your life, and do it without turning off your reader? I share my thoughts on the topic as a guest on Fred's Diary, a blog by fellow author Robert Fear. 

Writing the Tough Stuff in Memoir

Author interview: Welcome Sarah Sanchez!

Please give a warm welcome to author Sarah Sanchez, who kindly agreed to be my guest today and answer some questions. 

Thank you, Sarah!

First, please tell my readers a bit about you.

I was born in Dallas, TX. I love Texas. The weather is crazy, but the people are friendly.  I graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA of Arts in Spanish. Mexico is my second home. My husband is from there, and I have family down there. I love the culture, the people and of course the food. I have three wonderful children and I love hiking and spending time outdoors when I am not writing.
Fantasy is my preferred genre to write in. There are no limits in fantasy beyond my own imagination.  Anything can happen. Sunwalker is my debut novel. It is a YA Vampire novel. The first in a trilogy. Nightwalker, book 2, is set to be released in Spring 2018. I also just released a MG Fantasy novel entitled the Portal Keeper, in December 2017.

·        How do you come up with book titles?

I try and come up with something I think is original and will be easy to remember yet has meaning for the book.

·       As people learned about your book, what unexpected things happened along the way?
After my second book came out, and as interest began to surround it, more people purchased my first book.  I wasn’t expecting this since both books are different genres and for different age groups.  It was exciting though.

·        Who are your literary influences or inspiration?

I really like Brandon Mull.  He is an amazing fantasy author.  His books are just so much fun to read.

·        As a result of publishing your book, what have you learned about yourself and/or the writing process?

I have learned several things.  First that if you work hard you can accomplish your dreams.  I know that may sound cliché.  I also learned that writing a book is a lot of work, but the work just continues after publication and never seems to end.

·        Were there overt negative reactions to the book? Did they contain grains of truth? What was your response to those reactions then and now?

You can never make everyone happy.  Luckily I have been blessed with all positive feedback. I have good beta reads so I really try to find all the flaws before publication.  Now if you ask me if my beta readers had some critiques that were hard to hear and stung a little, that would be a yes.  But even though it’s hard, I do enjoy my beta readers being harsh.  I want them to be brutal.  If I need to work on character development or fix inconsistencies in a manuscript, I want to find out early on.  So if you are a harsh, honest critic send me an email and I just may try you out as a beta reader.

·        What genres do you work in?

I really enjoy fantasy.  I’d like to branch out and try some other genres, but right now I have too many fantasy ideas that I am excited to work on.

·        What feeds your process? Can you listen to music and write or not... can you write late at night or are you a morning person... when the spark happens, do you run for the pen or the screen or do you just hope it is still there tomorrow?

Music and chocolate are musts.  As far as when the spark happens, always run for the pen.  I have always regretted hoping it’s still there tomorrow.

·        What’s the hardest part of writing or publishing?

Prioritizing.  Deciding how much time to dedicate to writing, marketing, editing, family, friends.  I tend to get sucked into a project and it’s hard to pull myself out sometimes.

·        What writing mistakes do you find yourself making most often?

I am terrible at grammar, so my commas are always in the wrong places.  When I am writing the next book in a series I always forget to reintroduce characters, and don’t summarize enough of the first book.  Thankfully I have an amazing editor Courtney Johansson.  She makes sure I don’t miss any of the important stuff.

·        What makes bad guys/girls bad?

I think it all boils down to selfishness.  At the root of every villain is a selfish core.  Then you just build off that. 

·        Where would your dream book signing occur?

I think it might vary depending on the book. Transylvania would be awesome for Sunwalker the first book in my Vampire Trilogy.

For my Middle Grade Fantasy The Portal Keeper I’d love to go to Ireland.  It’s a beautiful country from what I hear and just seems like a mystical place.


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