Other Books By James Loy

The Mortician's Road TripThe Mortician's Road Trip
by James D. Loy $3.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Upstate New Yorker Baz Rathbone makes ends meet by selling human skulls. By contract, he should cremate them, but he doesn't. His little business comes to the attention of the FBI when a woman spots her late husband's skull being used as a candlestand by a skinhead. Buy and/or Read More >>>

Uncle Moe and the Martha Vineyard FrackersUncle Moe and the Martha's Vineyard Frackers
by James Loy, $3.99 ebook; $14.95 paperback
While living out his widower's retirement, Moe Thibault, is sent an obituary from Martha's Vineyard. Could this have been his long-lost brother? However, the appearance of energy prospectors intent on setting up a fracking operation offers a threat to the Vineyard. . . Buy and/or Read More >>>

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.

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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

Jessica Argyle
Fish Food
(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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