Imagine being slowly suffocated by an invisible predator spewing from the Southern California Gas Company Aliso Canyon storage facility. Imagine becoming so sick with migraines, nosebleeds, nausea, skin rashes, and a host of other ailments. Imagine being driven from your home and forced to stay for months on end in temporary housing. Now imagine being told that this spewing predator is not harmful to your health.

In October 2015, the biggest natural gas disaster in U.S. history invaded the Northern San Fernando Valley in SouthernCalifornia which forced thousands of families including my own to flee their homes to escape the poisonous air billowing around them. My novel Suffocated, draws on my family’s personal experiences as we lived through, and continue to live through this nightmare.