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Nix Damon Author Interview

Moira follows a woman trying to make it through life without being killed by weirdos or aliens and finds help with a surprising person. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thrilling novel?

I have to thank J.M. Barrie and Disney directly for my inspiration. Moira is ripped from the story of Peter Pan and Wendy. Almost every scene is a murmur of something that happens in Peter Pan. Some nods to Peter Pan are obvious and some take a little more imaginative sleuthing. Don’t get me wrong! I love the sweet and gentle Wendy Moira Angela Darling. However, for my own twisted interests, I sliced her up and pieced her into the confused, teenage monster that is Moira Angela Starling. I left her in a desert for a more dramatic twist when she should have been swept up in an enchanted land of mermaids and pirates. I wanted to see Wendy grow up, essentially. But, to do that, she had to be alone and be okay with it.

Moira is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind her character development?

Unfortunately, I don’t have a focused or profound answer! She is in many ways a highly-concentrated version of myself because it was the easiest thing to write. There are elements of my own feelings, topped with lessons I’ve learned through therapy or from scouring my own “inner self.” I let her be a teenager in ways that made me cringe. I let her make me uncomfortable with her language and her behavior, and I even wandered around my house, wondering how she would react to things around me. And then MUSIC! Songs wrote her – not the lyrics, but the combination of instruments and the inflection of voice. Her mood and her personality came to me through sound.

The relationship between Moira and Rafe was enthralling. Was there relationship planned before writing or did it develop organically while writing?

Rafe had always been in the wings and I was hopeful to work their relationship out. I found that the more Moira gained traction in her ordinary life, the more she was empowered to make choices – choices like Rafe! So, I suppose it was wishful planning that worked out organically. Is that dumb? That’s dumb. It was planned, but loosely. I didn’t think it would work out.

This is book one in The Witness Journals. What can readers expect in book two?

Oh, boy. Well, get ready. Book Two leaves Moira and jumps over to the origins of Ravage, Rafe’s foster brother and nearly invisible villain who is actually the coolest, worst dude of all time. The reader will be treated to strong hints of cyberpunk mingled with old earth magic. There will be much human experimentation and fighting for survival, plus the crushing notes of hopelessness and rage. I predict that this book series will wrap up in about seven novels – maybe eight? And each novel gives a glimpse into some part of a character’s life, weaving in and out of Moira’s main storyline, which operates as a kind of treasure map.

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Moira’s depressing life is interrupted when mysterious tree weirdos attempt to murder her before an ancient jerk named Rafe intervenes to save her life. Oddly attractive (but totally irritating) Rafe eventually makes it his mission to prepare her for any future attacks, claiming that his brother is bent on capturing dear, sweet Moira and using her for unnameable purposes.

Happily, Moira’s life becomes slightly less boring with the rigorous training from Rafe, but she still finds herself struggling to make friends and pay her bills. Keeping boyfriends and eating boiled lizards in the pink salt wilderness is a lot of work when you’re also being told a maniac in space wants to eat your liver and gouge out your eyes. As a result, she is almost always agitated and hitting things (mostly Rafe). Surely, you can see that she is under a great deal of stress.

Will she survive the transition to adulthood and responsibility? She’s got a pretty bad attitude, so probably not.

Moira

Moira (The Witness Journals Book One) by Nix Damon is a fantasy fiction story set in New Mexico in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s (Anti-World 42) about a teenage girl who finds herself on her own as soon as she turns eighteen. But Moira Angela Starling has been fending for herself a long time, even before her aunt abandoned her without warning or explanation. After Moira is attacked when she is out for a run, she meets a man named Rafe. But is he friend or foe? Suddenly, Moira is thrust into a world of magical beings and unexplained mysteries and danger. Will she be able to find a way to survive?

This was a fun story to read. I liked Moira’s snarky wit at the beginning of the story. The author’s vivid descriptions of her characters really brought Moira and Rafe to life for me. It was interesting to learn details about the different anti-worlds and the witnesses, and Moira’s abilities and the secrets of her true identity. I liked the addition of the author’s playlist at the end of the book, which allows readers to listen to the music that inspired Moira’s story. One of my favorite aspects of the book was the interactions between Moira and Rafe. I enjoyed reading the parts of the story where Moira and Rafe were together more than the sections when he was gone.

The story line is a bit drawn out with several years passing. The book starts with Moira in high school where she doesn’t fit in, and this section felt very much like a young adult fantasy story. But then Moira is out of school and we see her working several jobs and trying to conform to be a more “normal” adult, which seemed counter to her personality, but the juxtaposition and development felt more like real life. But the fantasy element of the novel wavers in this part while we’re treated to a more grounded story. It didn’t feel like the two sections belonged in the same book since they were disparate. but then Rafe reappears in Moira’s life and takes her to his home, and the fantasy aspect of the story becomes much stronger again and I was reeled back into this riveting story.

The author leaves the reader with a lot of unanswered questions at the end of the story and Moira’s fate is uncertain. Hopefully, these questions will be answered in Witness Journals book two. Moira is an enthralling coming of age novel filled with magical realism that kept me furiously flipping pages.

Pages: 383 | ASIN: B0829FH2RX

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