NYC firefighter pens romance novel

August 18, 2009 3:15:38 PM PDT
We're used to seeing New York's Bravest fighting fires and saving lives. But for Terry Brody, there's another aspect."I was in the firehouse preparing a meal, I looked up and a Shakira video came on," he said. "So I thought, a romance, what a great idea. A romance between a firefighter and a pop star, now that's hot."

And that is the storyline for his just-released book, "Rescuing Madison."

In the steamy love tale, a fictitious firefighter ends up saving a young singer's life. Sparks fly, and a romance is born.

In 2002, Terry penned the romantic comedy in between runs at Ladder 110/Engine 207 in downtown Brooklyn. He says focusing on the book was therapeutic after the company lost five men in the September 11th attacks.

"He was very private with it," firefighter Robert Ruggirello said. "He used to hide. He used to write it when we were all cleaning the firehouse."

It was a place, Terry says, with the antics and banter that gave him plenty of ideas for the book.

"Of course he got his chops broken, but he's a good storyteller, tells good stories in the firehouse," firefighter Stephen Rhine said. "And he's enjoyable to listen to, so figured he would be a good writer as well."

"Rescuing Madison" was actually based on a screenplay Terry wrote, and now there's even a chance a big Hollywood director may make it into a film

The 38-year-old Brody is enjoying his newfound fame.

"It's a bit of a whirlwind, but it's a great ride," he said.

Brody's book is available at RescuingMadison.com or can be ordered at Barnes and Noble or Borders. Brody is now a lieutenant with Ladder 128 in Long Island City.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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