Lynnwood, WA firefighters (Lynnwood Today)
The other evening, as I pounded away at my typewriter, the fire alarm in my building went off. As a romance writer, I knew what to do in such an emergency. I quickly backed up my work in progress and pocketed my USB, then I changed into a nicer blouse, fixed my hair, put on lip gloss, and went outside to wait for the fire truck to arrive.
They came, lights blazing, checked out the apartments (thrill), and turned off the alarm. It turned out the heat sensor in my apartment had a short and set off the fire alarm on my building, but they didn't find that out until they had come out five times.
I'm not complaining. I'm sorry they had to suit up for a false alarm, but I appreciated seeing them in action, and it made me think about my fascination with firefighters.
We all love heroes - from Achilles to Seal Team 6.
They thrill us, they inspire us, they represent some of the human characteristics we most admire, but they can be aloof. They're usually removed from our everyday lives.
Firefighters are our local heroes. We see them shopping at the grocery store (and believe me I know when they shop), they're out on the corner "filling the boot" for charity, and they're on our streets saving lives and property. We can call them when we need them, and they'll come - fast. They're strong, they're brave, and it doesn't hurt that they look good on calendars.
Firefighters - men and women -
Thank you for doing what you do and for feeding my fantasies in the process. I think I'm gonna have to write a firefighter novel.
--And, I promise, I didn't set off the alarm!
I write fantasy and paranormal romance. I love having the ability to create new worlds and new histories. My first book LARAMIE MOON will be coming out soon, so stay tuned.