Episode 483 | Linda Strader Interview

Today’s author interview is with Linda Strader, author of Summers of Fire: A Memoir of Adventure, Love and Courage.


Linda Strader is one of the first women hired on a fire crew with the U.S. Forest Service. A naive twenty-year-old in the mid-1970s, she discovers fighting wildfires is challenging—but in a man’s world, they became only one of the challenges she would face. Battling fire is exhilarating, yet exhausting; the discrimination real and sometimes in her face. Summers of Fire is an Arizona to Alaska adventure story that honestly recounts the seven years Strader ventures into the heart of fires that scorch the land, vibrant friendships that fire the soul, and deep love that ends in devastating heartbreak.

About Linda M. Strader

Originally from Syracuse, New York, Ms. Strader moved to Prescott, Arizona with her family in 1972. In 1976, she became one of the first women on a U.S. Forest Service fire crew in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson. Her firefighting career lasted seven years.

Summers of Fire: A Memoir of Adventure, Love and Courage, her first book, was released on May 1st, 2018 by Bedazzled Ink Publishing. Her publishing history includes many web articles on her expertise of landscaping with desert plants. A local newspaper, the Green Valley News, printed an article about her firefighting adventures, the magazine, Wildfire Today, later published an excerpt. The article generated interest in her speaking on this topic to several clubs, including the American Association of University Women. KGUN 9 News aired her interview in August 2018 about the challenges of firefighting, and Parade Magazine published an article and excerpt on August 31st, 2018. She is now working on a prequel.

Ms. Strader holds two degrees: a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, and a Masters in planning, from the University of Arizona. In addition to writing, she is a landscape architect, certified arborist, and watercolor artist. She currently lives in the same area where her Forest Service career began.

Blog address: https://summersoffirebook.blogspot.com/

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/LindaStraderauthor

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