Genre: Literature / Good Reading
Meet The Author
James D. Loy was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and educated at the University of Tennessee (BS) and Northwestern University (MA, PhD). He taught physical anthropology at the University of Rhode Island from 1974-2010 and for twenty-five years, he studied and wrote about the social behavior of monkeys. In the mid-1990s, however, unable to think of anything else he wanted to know about monkeys, Jim shifted his research interests to a biography of Charles Darwin's wife (J. D. Loy and Kent M. Loy, 2010, Emma Darwin: A Victorian Life, University Press of Florida). In 2010, the Loys moved to Hendersonville, NC, where they are enjoying retirement in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. When Jim isn't writing or working around the house, he is busy trying to learn Change Ringing on the tower bells of St. James Episcopal Church.
What do you like best about writing?
Several things come to mind. First, with Fish Food it was fun watching the characters come to life and begin to influence the story line. I enjoyed trying to keep Mike Uxem, Uncle Leroi, and Cousin Velma under control. Second, I enjoy trying to make words do what I want them to do, whether it's draw a convincing word picture of a place or situation, or evoke a particular reaction in the reader. Third, when I'm writing, I'm not painting the house.
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James D. Loy
(a novel about life, death, and commas)
by James D. Loy,
Michael Uxem is a grammar-obsessed, hearing-impaired evolutionary biologist who shares his home on Martha's Vineyard with three cats, an irascible parrot, and a tankful of red-bellied piranhas (his wife left him years ago for an Andersen Windows salesman). The goal of his scientific work is to discover a shark repellent that can be applied by beach-going humans as part of their sun cream (hence the piranhas, small-scale experimental substitutes for sharks). Just as his research is reaching a critical point, Mike's life is complicated when his senile uncle, Leroi Uxem, comes north from Tennessee and moves in with him. That's when pets and people start disappearing and everything gets out of hand.
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