Over the last few months, I’ve been a bit MIA on the novels front. We already discussed my magazine bridebook and its recent second issue release. Now I have a bit more exciting news that I’d like to share with you. In the May/June 2014 issue of The Roanoker, the featured 12 page article on Roanoke’s 1st Responders was written by me!
I began working on this story in January, completing it by the early March deadline. After a call to action on social media for local nominations, I interviewed 8 different people. firefighters and police officers from Roanoke City, County, Salem and Vinton. I’m honored to have spoken with each of them and am overcome with awe and respect each time I look back on those interviews. Each person may be different, in a different location or field, but all of them were so humble. Their concern for the community and their safety was of the utmost importance and I’m thrilled my editor gave me such leeway to tell their stories.
This story is one close to my heart, as my sister has worked her butt off to become a captain at her fire station down in West Palm Beach, FL (while my brother-in-law works for the police department, too!). While most of the stuff she had to learn and do is way over my head, I know that she does the hard work for the same reason these Roanoke folks do it – to help others. I’m even more proud of the fact she’s a women in a male-dominated field and has worked her way up to the top over the years.
While this is not the first time I’ve been published in print (in this magazine or others), I’m proud to say it’s my first full featured piece. The May/June issue is one of our biggest each year due to Best of Roanoke nominations and winners as well, so I know this magazine will reach more than just our subscribers and readers this time. Here are a few sneak peeks at the print issue – I’ll link up the digital edition when it’s completed so you can read it in full.