Unlike Rhonda, the protagonist of my novel THE EARTHQUAKE MACHINE, I have sweet parents who’ve always encouraged my love of reading.
But at a young age, I realized I wanted to have real life adventures that were as wild and fantastic as the ones I read about in books.
At 21, I joined an elite, Type 1 Hotshot crew of forest firefighters and traveled all over the American West battling wildfires.
I want my novel THE EARTHQUAKE MACHINE to inspire women and girls to push themselves to take risks, live life fully, and support each other along the way.
The Earthquake Machine
The book every girl should read,
and every girl’s parents hope she’ll never read.
The Earthquake Machine tells the story of 14 year-old Rhonda. On the outside, everything looks perfect in Rhonda’s world, but at home Rhonda has to deal with a manipulative father who keeps her mentally ill mother hooked on pharmaceuticals. The only reliable person in Rhonda’s life is her family’s Mexican yardman, Jesús. But when the INS deports Jesús back to his home state of Oaxaca, Rhonda is left alone with her increasingly painful family situation.
Mary Pauline Lowry has worked as a forest firefighter, screenwriter, open water lifeguard, construction worker, and advocate in the movement to end violence against women. Due to no fault of her sweet parents, at 15 she ran away from home and made it all the way to Matamoros, Mexico. She believes girls should make art, have adventures, and read books that show them the way.