Stories of Remarkable Women Walking Through Fire
How do you go on after you've lost everything?
Over several terrifying summers, deadly wildfires raged across Colorado. Lives were lost, and the flames destroyed thousands of homes. When the smoke cleared and only rubble remained, survivors were left trying to find a way forward against devastating loss. The aftermath of that destruction would span many years, and its effects are still felt today.
In "Phoenix Rising", twenty women share their stories of fire, the terror they felt as flames engulfed their communities, and the dark desperation that followed. And how---in the ensuing weeks and months---they worked to recreate a life from the ashes. Their tales of fear and bravery, of deep compassion and heart-rending grief, offer an uplifting chronicle of human courage and resilience.
In "Phoenix Rising" written by women united by wildfire, they have the privilege of stepping into those moments to stand in the hallways of their shock and fear, grief and disorientation, and then, armed with the wisdom of retrospection, walking out into whatever comes next.
In the book, Phoenix Rising: Stories of Remarkable Women Walking through Fire. Two authors teamed up with Morgan James Publisher to share stories written by women in Colorado who lost their homes to fire. Co-authors, Kristen Moeller and Leslie Wharton both lost their homes in two separate Colorado Wildfires. Their experiences inspired them to help other women share stories of surviving fire with the world.
Leslie Wharton lost the home that she and her husband designed and built in the High Park Fire near Fort Collins, Colorado during June of 2012. After the fire they moved to Bellingham, Washington. An award winning writer, Leslie's powerful writing speaks to issues important to our times including: climate change, trauma, and human resilience.
Kristen Moeller, a bestselling author, publisher and TEDx speaker lost her home in the Lower North Fork fire near Conifer, Colorado in March 2012. Her latest book, What Are You Waiting For? Learn How to Rise to the Occasion of Your Life (Viva Editions, October 2013), explores our cultural discomfort with grief and the pervasive ways we wait in life – as well as sharing her journey of “walking through fire”.
Finding each other through their shared stories, Kristen and Leslie joined forces with Morgan James Publishing, and women in Colorado found a platform to share their stories.
Listen to Leslie's interview with KRMRE's Jennifer Karchmer on the following link www.jenniferkarchmer.com/podcast.html#LeslieWharton
Thanks to Shannon Laws for the fun interview on Bellingham Art Beat.bellinghamartbeat.wordpress.com/