WICKEDLY POWERFUL has been out for about a month now, and it seems to be doing pretty well (yay, and thanks to everyone who has bought a copy!). I'd actually meant to blog about some of my inspirations for the book before this, but, well...stuff happened.
But I'm finally getting around to it, because I thought you'd like to meet my friend Kathy, the real woman in the fire tower. As you know if you've read the book, my third Baba Yaga, Bella, gets involved with a former Hotshots firefighter, Sam, who now works in a fire tower in Wyoming. What you might not know (unless you read the dedication and acknowledgments pages at the beginning of the book) is that my inspiration for Sam come from someone I actually know.
This is my friend Kathy. Wave hi to Kathy, people.
|Kathy on the tower. That's some view!|
Sam's previous job as a Hotshots fire fighter was inspired by the tragic story of the Prescott Hotshots team that died a few years ago, leaving behind only one surviving member of the twenty man team. When I first heard about it, I thought, "What on earth must it be like for the one who lived?" And I had a personal connection with that story as well, because my friend Caere lives in Prescott, and told me about how the entire community mourned.
But Sam's tale was most based on all the wonderful bits and pieces I read on her fabulous blog A Room with a View (here's a sample). Sadly, last year was Kathy's last season up on the mountain, but thankfully she let me pick her brain for all sorts of great stuff, and fact-checked the manuscript as I wrote it. [Note: any errors were obviously mine, or else poetic license required by the story.]
She also shared with me some cool photos of the tower, both inside and out. Obviously, Sam's tower wasn't *exactly* the same as hers, but it was pretty damned close. (Yes, hers was in Wyoming too.)
|Not a very big place to live for over five months!|
|This seriously IS a room with a view!|
|That's a LOT of stairs. The bathroom is at the bottom. Yeesh.|
|If you wondered how Sam could see a fire so far away, now you know!|
|An amazing view in every direction.|
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