Interview with Edward Yatscoff

Author of Fire Dream

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Quick description of the book for a new reader - what should they expect?
  • Firefighting, arson, fire investigation, murder, hot romance and an old crime coming back to haunt the fire captain
What was your inspiration for this book?
  • My firefighting career and a trip to my hometown. Seeing friends there who brought back old mememories--some good and others not so good
Which authors do you admire? How have they influenced your writing style?
  • James Lee Burke Carmen Amato Christine Hoag Their imaging and building of suspense
Can you tell us a little about the locations in your book?
  • Edmonton, Niagara Falls, Welland, and the Lake Erie Islands in Canada. Also Cancun, Mexico.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
  • Edit edit edit. Join a writers group
Could you talk a little about your writing process?
  • I work out a lot in my head before pen hits paper. I try to write a chapter a month for my writers group critique
Which character has had the greatest impact on readers?
  • There are several strong women in the story: a reporter and an ace fire investigator that hound my protagonist. The Fire Captain Gerry Ormond can handle chaos in his job but when his personal life begins to fall apart he is confused and irrational.
If the book were to be adapted for TV or film, who would you see in the lead role? Who did you have in your mind’s eye ?
  • Chris Pine
How have readers responded ?
  • They like the firefighter crime angle as its a new take in the crime genre
Where next? What are you working on now?
  • The Nike Birds. Murder and abduction in the jungles of Colombia
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Vancouver Fire Captain Gerry Ormond is inadvertently thrust into the spotlight while rescuing a child which results in more complications than he ever imagined. Honored with a Governor General’s Medal of Valor, Ormond accepts the award in Ottawa and while in Ontario returns to his hometown to visit his elderly father. His presence unleashes a series of events that bring old crimes and deeds back into the light of day. Old enemies, old friends and family dynamics spin Ormond into a maelstrom of memories and emotions, some better left buried. Add into the mix a vengeful arsonist and a fire investigator whose inquiries are coming far too close to the truth for Ormond’s comfort and he finds his obsessive need for control is sliding through his fingers. Fire, death and mayhem span the decades, time and guilt coalesces into a vise closing irrevocably on the decorated fire captain.