“Meticulously researched and as dramatic as any thriller, Santos's account of the 2013 Arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters will keep you on the edge of your seat and break your heart.” – People Magazine
The Fire Line offers a riveting, pulse-pounding narrative of an unthinkable disaster, the raging wildfires that threaten our country’s treasured wild lands and a remarkable group of men, the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite crew trained to fight the most challenging fires. Impeccably researched, it tells the story of husbands, fathers and sons who were loyal to one another, loyal to their families and dedicated to the tough job they had. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. Winner of the Western Writers of America 2017 Spur Award for Best First Nonfiction Book. Available on paperback on June 6, 2017.
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The key to writing a good story is knowing what you don’t know and finding the right people and documents to help you learn it. You have a fundamental question that leads to a bunch of other questions that need to be answered so that your fundamental question makes sense. This is how I write.
I have reported in three languages, in Latin America and across the United States, on pretty much every kind of subject out there – politics, policy, criminal justice, natural and man-made disasters, immigration, public education, race relations, real estate, the U.S.-Mexico border, the economy. I got my start in journalism in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, my home country, where I bore witness to violence, inequality and immeasurable hope. In those scenes, I found my passion for telling true stories.
Anyone who knows me knows I like to talk. So it’s no surprise that when I have the right opportunity, I like to talk about what I do and who I am.
I have been fortunate to have talked to grade-school students about loyalty and teamwork, to college students about journalism and books, and to people of all ages about what it’s like to be an immigrant who writes in a foreign language. (Question: Why is it “on the plane” if passengers are actually inside the plane?)