The inspiration for that scene came directly out of my research. The story of the accident was reported in the Boise City newspaper from the time period on which I was concentrating. I followed the story over several days, searching each column and corner of the micro-film for any mention of the injured woman. Such an accident was not as unusual as you might think. More than a few people have spoken personally, or written to me about a similar accident befalling one of their family members.
“How did you come up with the scene where Billie Jo burned herself and Ma?”