What was the most interesting fact you learned while researching and writing Falls Like Lightning?
The informal hierarchy of the smokejumper world. They're like special-ops soldiers at the top of their game. They're given a lot of freedom and latitude in their organizational structure to accomplish the tasks they're assigned.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Mainly fatigue. Balancing life at the fire department, running multiple calls after midnight, and then needing to come home the next day and still put words on the screen. It's great fodder for fiction, as long as I have the energy to harness it.
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
Getting in the flow of writing. When I'm rested, and that well of inspiration is refilled, there are times when I am enraptured in a flow of creativity.
And, of course, completing a book. Seeing my work in print and being proud of what was produced.
What clubs or organizations are you involved with that help in your writing?
Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference has been a great encouragement. I keep in touch with friends who are writers, and enjoy good books on the craft of writing.
What books did you read as a child?
I remember a lot of Dr. Seuss early on, then Roald Dahl’s Choose Your Own Adventures books. I loved the Scholastic Book Club ordering forms.
Are there any other new projects on the horizon?
Yes. I have a few projects I'm very excited about but that are still in the development phase.
Who/what has been the most significant influence on your writing career?
Early on, my mother was instrumental in encouraging me to write and create. Daily, my wife is a wonderful advocate and partner.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading Falls Like Lightning?
"Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."