Today I was planning to do a cover reveal, but then I remembered what day it is, so I changed topics. The cover reveal can wait:)
I think each of us can all remember where we were and what we were doing 'the day the world stopped' on 9/11 12 years ago. I was between classes at university, working at my uncle's office as a receptionist and everyone was crowded around the computer screen staring with disbelief at the news images of the fallen twin towers. I remember the feeling of sadness and horror and utter shock I felt that day, as I'm sure you all can relate.
So, in honor of that day, today I want to talk about a particular everyday hero I know who happens to be my source for research for book two in my series-What A Girl Wants. Richard Hynes is a firefighter in St. John's, Newfoundland. We went to high school together, but since then we haven't had a lot of contact, except of course through Facebook...We comment on photos or status updates, but that was it until I started writing book two and asked him for help with my hero's character as a firefighter.
He more than helped. He sent videos, walked me through how they would deal with certain emergency situations and helped me keep my lingo accurate in the book. His help was very valuable and I am very grateful for it.
But, as I was doing revisions last night and looking at my notes from him and thinking about what today represents-I was overwhelmed when I realized the scenes he'd helped me create-while fictional for my purposes-were things he and many others faced as reality everyday. Running toward the danger to help others when most people are running away. It takes a very special person to do what they do.
Richard is a real hero. So, once again Thank You Richard Hynes for helping me with my research, but more importantly Thank You for the job you do without hesitation every day.