Five questions for Bethany Lindsay, author of British Columbia Burning
What made you want to become a journalist/writer?
I studied Biology in university, and I loved learning something new about the world every single day. I wanted a career where I could keep on doing that and also have the chance to fill people in on all the amazing things I've discovered. I love the fact that any time a question pops into my head, I can just pick up the phone, call an expert, and get an answer — most of the time.
What inspired you to write this book?
I've been a reporter for more than a decade, and I've never experienced anything like the 2017 wildfire season. It was a crisis that felt like it didn't have an end, and every day seemed to bring a new emergency. The stories I heard were heartbreaking and the environmental implications were dire. I wanted to explore how we got to this point, what it meant for people's lives, and where we go from here.