Firestorm, set in Lassen Volcanic National Park and the fourth in the Anna Pigeon series, was nominated for an Anthony and won the French Prieu du Roman award.
"This came together from bits and pieces of my experience. I had just worked as a spike camp EMT (an emergency medical technician sent out to the smaller camps closer to the fire's front) and was fascinated by the Brigadoon aspect of fire camps, worlds that spring up overnight only to disappear in a day or a week. I wanted to transport others to this strange life. The fire I worked was in Idaho. I transported it to Lassen park. I grew up near Lassen and, as a child, was captivated by the weird hypnotic magic of volcanic activity."