Kandi Maxwell is a creative nonfiction writer who lives in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California. She has been an English teacher, a backcountry and rock-climbing guide, a musician, a recreation therapist, and a client to several psychotherapists. She is a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. Her stories have been published in Hippocampus Magazine, KYSO Flash, The Door is Ajar, Raven’s Perch, The Offbeat, Wordrunner eChapbooks and in many other literary journals and print anthologies. Her nonfiction articles have been published in California English, American Indian Reporter, Modoc & More Magazine, and others. Her memoir, Snow After Fire, was published June 6th, 2023 by Legacy Book Press.
Questions And Answer With Kandi Maxwell, Author Of Snow After Fire
How did your book develop and take shape?
"I’m always writing and have had strong success in finding publishers for my flash and long-form nonfiction stories. I didn’t intend to write a book, but as the vignettes I wrote during the years of struggle during and after the Paradise Camp Fire kept coming, I realized I had written enough to form a book. I went back to my short stories and began to join them together—adding smoother transitions for better clarity and revisions to strengthen the themes. I love imagery, and I delved deeply into the magic of nature—the sweet scent of pine, the beauty in the first blossoms of spring, the sounds of songbirds and coyote howls.”
What do you hope readers can learn from this book?
”I hope others might connect to nature as our healer. I also want to remind people of the devastating effects climate change has had on this healing resource, and why the protection of our wild lands needs to be a priority.”