Author has written 23 stories for Emergency, A-Team, Trixie Belden, and Battlestar Galactica.
The profession I list on my income tax return is "Attorney/Writer"; I hope you won't hold it against me.
I am a farm/country girl. I am a dog person. I am musically inclined. Don't hold any of that against me either, please.
I've studied physics, philosophy and logic, mathematics, and law in formal settings. A list of things I've studied informally would be quite long, but I do have passions for Colonial Kenya (1880s-1930s), quilting/crafting, hymnody, the Bible, and science fiction/fantasy.
I've been a research assistant, a temp, a secretary, a groundskeeper, a Census taker (twice now), a technical editor for a hymnal, a judicial law clerk, a lawyer, an administrative law judge, a newspaper journalist/production assistant, a data entry clerk, a warehouse associate, and a scorer of standardized tests. Eventually, I'll figure out what I want to be when I grow up.
If you see a typo in one of my stories, please tell me. I live in fear of such things.
I grew up listening to fire calls -- first via telephone as part of the fire line, and later over a series of radios and walkie-talkies. My father was a volunteer firefighter for about 30 years, including a stint or two as fire chief. The fire department was -- quite literally -- inspired by the show Emergency! to add a rescue squad ... and EMTs ... and more training ... and more equipment. (In fact, the department named its rescue squad "Squad 51" after the show.) I cannot count the number of lives saved by the department's dedication over the years.
Firemen are going to get killed.
-- Chief Edward F. Croker, FDNY (1899-1911) --
Since I started writing fan fiction for Emergency!, I've visited several fire stations/shifts within my local fire departments. I have been treated with courtesy and respect. I have gained a wealth of information about firefighting and para-medicine. I've also been able to get a glimpse of what it takes to be a hero and I can't help but be impressed. Hopefully some of this knowledge and insight has trickled down into my writing and given it a bit more depth and realism. If it has, I have these men and women to thank. If it hasn't, well, that's on me.
Thought I'd give a public thank you to the departments I've been peppering with my questions. It's either that or more baked goods of questionable merit.
- Wayne Township Fire Department (Marion County, IN) (HQ and Stations 81, 82, 83, 84, and 85): These are the heroes who respond first when I dial 911 for my mother, or get hit by a car while sitting in a restaurant (true story). A-maz-ing. And extraordinarily patient with the writer chick's dumb questions about firefighting. Oughta get a medal for that.
And, as usual, I do this for fun, not profit. The canon characters are not mine, but the mistakes (without exception) are.