Gingerbread Palace: It’s all about the firefighters! #gayromance #giveaway @emlynley

December 11, 2013


So, why firemen?

The real question is why not?

I’ve enjoyed reading stories about firefighters for years (Chris Owen, Damon Suede, Andrew Grey, among others) and I realized there were plenty of great storylines to use between a chef and a firefighter. Once I decided to set the story at Christmas, it was so easy to find just the right story.

Firefighters are well-known in the United States for doing charity work, fundraising, almost anything that helps kids. If my chef is also big on working with a kids’ charity, it was the perfect place for them to find their interests overlapping.

I didn’t think much about the research before I started writing. I admit I don’t know much about firefighters, but I definitely wanted to understand what these men and women think and feel when they are doing their jobs.

A couple of years ago there was a terrible fire here in San Francisco and two firefighters were killed. It may not seem like much, but losing two men the same day greatly affected the entire area—the whole state. A huge funeral was held with 5,000 people in attendance. Friends, family and fellow firefighters spoke about the two men for hours.

What struck me most about the funeral—which was shown on live TV because it was a huge event for the city—was the kind of stories told about the men. Little anecdotes about how they helped people at a fire, or what they said while rescuing someone, or examples of how dedicated they were to their jobs. I realized I had a special glimpse into their world through the eulogies and stories.


When working on Gingerbread Palace, I watched firefighter training videos, read first-hand accounts of fires and injuries, and had a firefighter beta the story. I still don’t think I got enough into the mind of Kevin Flint to know how he thinks, but I do feel an even greater sense of respect for the dedication and sacrifice that firefighters make to help keep others safe.

I enjoyed the research and it affected me so much, I intend to write another story with firefighters. It may be more about Kevin and Alex, or another completely different set of characters, but firefighters are in my brain and I want to explore their world in much more detail.

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Do you enjoy firefighter stories in general? What are your favorite books about firefighters?

Did you want to be a firefighter when you were a kid?

14 Responses to “Gingerbread Palace: It’s all about the firefighters! #gayromance #giveaway @emlynley”

  1. Shannon says:

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to read it! I LOVE firefighters. My little brother always wanted to be one!

  2. Michelle says:

    Can’t wait to read it!

  3. In general, I don’t go out of my way to read firefighter stories. But I do enjoy them if the rest of the story is strong. My favorite would probably be “Hot Head”. Personally, I never wanted to be a firefighter, but a lot of my friends did.

  4. EM Lynley says:

    Hi Michelle, thanks for stopping by!

  5. EM Lynley says:

    Hi Shannon, how old is your brother now?

  6. Andrea M says:

    There are so many books with law enforcement officers but not enough about firefighters. I’m glad you’re going to continue to write about them.

  7. EM Lynley says:

    That’s a good point, Andrea. My other series, Precious Gems, features an FBI agent…. I guess I do need to cover the firefighters more!

  8. Debra E says:

    My favorite firefighter book so far has to be Hot Head by Damon Suede. I never wanted to be one, but I know many of them and love their stories.

  9. Angela says:

    I really enjoy tales of firefighters. They’re all like family. Gay firefighters, so hot, hot, hot!!!!

  10. Jilrene says:

    Oh, yes, I like firefighters. In stories, too. ;) I never wanted to be a firefighter, but I’ve fantasized about knowing one. Oh, yeah. Yum.

  11. Trix says:

    I’ve loved firemen forever…it goes back to when I got my head stuck in a swivel chair as a kid (don’t ask) and one rescued me. It’s a very powerful feeling to see a fireman’s handsome face smiling at you at the exact moment you realize you’re safe! HOT HEAD is definitely my favorite in that genre so far, and I love Tara Lain’s F.A.S.T. BALLS, too (haven’t read her FIRE BALLS yet).

  12. EM Lynley says:

    I haven’t read Fire Balls yet. Going to put it on the list right now!

  13. Kim Whaley says:

    Love firefighters in general and stories about them falling in love in specific. I never wanted to be one as I was too small but I respect those that do.

  14. EM Lynley says:

    I don’t think I ever considered myself brave enough to be a firefighter. I do love reading about them and watching on TV. I really do admire the bravery of firefighters so very much!

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