One of them loves succulents, the other penguins. They came together to write about the biggest fire in California history in “Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy. Time for authors Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano to go Beyond the Mic.
It was the most destructive fire in California history. America hasn’t seen a fire like this in over a century. Alastair Gee & Dani Anguiano go Beyond the Mic with Sean Dillon about the Camp Fire and their book “Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy”.
We’re joined on the Starline by Alastair Gee & Dani AHNGEeano authors of “Fire in Paradise : An American Tragedy” Their book covers the horrific Camp Fire in California which was the deadliest and most destructive US wildfire in a century.
Let’s go Beyond the Mic over 17 days, 16.5 billion dollars in total damage, over 153 thousand acres burned, with over 80 deaths the Camp Fire was the perfect storm of conditions and negligence.
Dani, you lived just 20 minutes from Paradise for 10 years. You once said “It’s places like Paradise I feel most at home in the world.” Why was that?
When you were sent to cover the fire, it was more than just an assignment for the Guardian US. It was personal.
Alastair, you were reading / editing the first reports from Paradise and Dani. When did the enormity of this story begin to hit you?
Alastair you are the editor of special series at Guardian US. You’ve covered news around the world, foreign correspondent in Moscow. What did you see in Dani’s work that made you want to write this book with her?
We’re joined on the Starline by Alastair Gee and Dani Ahngeeano authors of “Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy” Beyond the Mic. The stories you talk about in your book are touching, emotional , raw and sad. Was there a story that touched your heart that for one reason or another, you just couldn’t find a place in the book for it?
Alastair, was their one interview in your career you weren’t prepared for?
Dani, will Paradise ever be the same again?
We’re joined on the Starline by Dani Ahngeeano & Alastair Gee, Authors of “Fire in Paradise : An American Tragedy beyond the Mic. What’s the importance of a free and open press in your minds?
Dani you’ve said you’re “Writing my way to the moon. Lover of sparkles, penguins, and baking” – What’s your favorite think to bake?
Time is running out, so it’s time for the Rockin’ 8 , 8 random questions answer with the first thing that comes to your mind: Since we have two guests, Dani give your answer first then Alastair.
1. Favorite thing to do while under quarantine?
What’s your favorite plant you’ve had delivered?
2. Favorite sports team?
Do you remember who they played?
3. One thing you sacrificed while writing this book?
I saw that on twitter and was WHAT THE HELL…. Okay 4. How do you clear writers block?
5. Favorite scent?
6. Favorite bird?
7. Which family from the book haunts you the most?
8. Finally, what’s the next project you want to tackle?
Alastair Gee and Dani Ahngeeano authors of “Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy” available now at a retailer near you or online, thank you for joining me today.
And that my friends is Beyond the Mic.