DRAWING FICTIONAL SETTINGS, CHARACTERS and CONFLICTS from REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES
Linda Strader, a landscape architect, certified arborist and watercolor artist, was one of the first women hired as a wildland firefighter by the U S Forest Service. Managing the challenges of being the only woman member of a crew of ten firefighters circa 1976, while actually engaging in the harrowing business of fighting fires in the wilderness of the Santa Rita Mountains was a major influence on both her professional and personal life. Seeing the consequences for every member of her crew, then and in retrospect, of miscommunications among/carelessness of the men in charge led to her first book Summers of Fire: A Memoir of Adventure, Love, and Courage, released May 2018 by Bedazzled Ink Publishing. Her book was a finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.