Book: Burning Barriers by Karen Mouldercategories: Book, Single Mother, Non-Traditional Careers, Gender Discrimination, Working Mother, Firefighter
Karen Moulderabout this book: Burning Barriers was written as a fiction based on my life as a single mother who became the first female firefighter in Brownsville, TX. It shows what led me to make that career decision. It brings the reader into my world of a mother working three jobs, fighting life threatening fires, and gender discrimination from entering a "man's" job, as well as being part of history making. It not only lets readers see the struggles of breaking into the world of firefighting as a woman, but also a single mother of five children trying to find a balance between her work, children, and romance.
It is an easy flowing read and it will have you wanting to see what happens next. This book will appeal to all audiences, but mostly women who are single mothers, working in or thinking about working in a career that is considered a man's career.
I wrote this book at the coaxing of all those who know me because of my experiences. It took me a year and a half to write the book. The title was chosen because of the barriers I broke in becoming the first female firefighter in the city that I live at a time when few women dared. The cover took months to decide. I finally felt that since it was about me that a picture of me in turnout gear would be the most eye-catching. The content was easy because it was about my life. The hardest part about writing my first book was learning the what kept the book flowing and what wasted the readers time and how to set it up to make the reader keep reading to see what happens next.
To readers: Take the journey through my life as a firefighter...you will be amazed and shocked.
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