Roxana Gillett conversed with Lynn Moorer about her magical book of fiction, The White Elephant Kneels, which traces mixed-race heroine Lillian Drake’s discoveries about the white and black magic that first began to influence her life in Africa where she was born, then continues in California, first in veterinary school and then at an animal reserve, where she begins to use her special powers and forms a unique and unbreakable bond with Penda, a rare white elephant. When Penda is suddenly shipped back to Africa, Lill returns there and discovers she has an extraordinary destiny which depends on Penda’s help.
NMSU criminology professor Mike Tapia talked with Lynn Moorer about his book, Gangs of the El Paso-Juárez Borderland, which also includes Las Cruces, Anthony, and the small communities in the southern part of New Mexico. Among other things, he explained how his review of the last hundred years of gang activity is intended to record and analyze key gang subcultures that may be headed for extinction, such as the traditional barrio gang, because of the influence of drug cartels that have transformed gang membership into a criminal business.
Lynn Moorer chatted with Amoreena “AJA” France about her preternatural thriller, The Seventh Daughter, which features white magic practiced by Wiccans, led by preternatural psychologist Tabitha Taliaferro, and dark magic practiced by vampires. Set in Spokane, Washington (where the author has lived), and around Lake Pend Oreille across the border in Idaho’s panhandle, Tabitha feels compelled, when asked, to help FBI investigators and other law enforcement personnel find missing children through harnessing her sometimes unreliable power which rises when her blood flows.
Lynn Moorer chatted with Jean Setne about her memoir, Default Caretakers: An Organ Transplant Journey, which traces the familial threads and medical phenomena related to a beloved family member in need of a liver transplant and how Jean and her husband became caretakers by default when other family members did not take on the responsibilities.
Lynn Moorer visited with Susan Lynn Zenker about her book of poetry, Moody Gardens: A Collection of Travel Poems, vividly illustrated by Erika Martinez. Inspired by her time living and teaching in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Mexico, and Texas and her travels to Miami, Hawaii, Venezuela, and New Mexico, it’s an eclectic mix of musings on genuine experiences and conjured happenings.
Lynn Moorer talked with Antonio Gonzalez-Rodriguez about his fantasy short story, “Jenaro and the Crimson Sails,” published in the anthology Sea of Secrets. Set in Puerto Rico in the 16th century, the story follows the adventures of Jenaro delRios, the young, undisciplined, carousing prince of the Andolins, who bests a dark adversary through a series of challenges and wins a red-sailed ship, the Charon’s Ferry, which previously ferried souls to the underworld and which now possesses human characteristics. Along the way, Jenaro grows up a bit and becomes a hero in the eyes of Bibi-Ama, a beautiful sea goddess.
Lynn Moorer chatted with award-winner Bruce Wilson about his riveting book, Death in the Black Patch, which imagines the choices his great-grandfather, a tobacco farmer in Kentucky, made when faced with a terrible dilemma in 1906: selling his crop to the powerful monopoly, American Tobacco Company, or joining the Planters’ Protective Association to avoid having his crop destroyed by the lawless Night Riders.
Lynn Moorer discussed with Thomas Eric Padgett his book of fiction, To Brave the Prevailing Dark, Book 1. Taking place mainly in the 1860s in Europe and New York, it presents a gripping series of battles between good and evil--God, his angels, and servants versus devils who inhabit the underworld as well as our planetary realm, interweaving white magic with black magic and the dark arts. The story features Strom, one of the Nephilim--part human and part angel.
Lynn Moorer conversed with Jennifer Cervantes about her New York Times bestselling book, The Storm Runner, which features a 13-year-old protagonist and hero who has a shape-shifter friend, a volcano in his back yard that contains demons, and who fights to outwit sneaky Maya gods.
Lynn Moorer talked with astronomer David Lee Summers about his science fiction adventure, The Solar Sea, the first in a series, about a solar sail ship, the Aristarchus, which travels to Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, battling hazards in space amidst conflict among crew members. As the fascinating story develops, readers learn how whales and their songs fit into the universe and into the hierarchy of beings.