Today I am interviewing Rush Leaming, author of the new New Adult Fiction novel, The Whole of the Moon.
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DJ: Hi Rush! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Rush Leaming: Sure. I’ve been a professional gypsy. Done many things and had many types of varied (and sometimes weird) experiences. But the short version of a long story is I spent over fifteen years in film/video production working on such projects as “The Lord of the Rings” films. I was also an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for 7.5 years. I started writing short stories as soon as I could physically write at age 5. In 2016, I published my first novel “Don’t Go, Ramanya” a political thriller set in Thailand. I’ve lived all around the world. I currently live in South Carolina.
DJ: What is The Whole of the Moon about?
Rush: Set in 1988, near the end of the Cold War, it’s about a group of young Americans working for an international aid organization who plunge into the beautiful, fascinating, yet dangerous world of Zaire, Africa. Ambitious, if a bit naïve, they must overcome hardship and tragedy, pushing themselves to their personal limits, while forging strong bonds among themselves and the local villagers they’ve come there to help.
I liked the way one of the beta readers described it: “Completely unique–Part adventure, part mystery, part travelogue, part romance, part coming of age tale.”
DJ: What were some of your influences for The Whole of the Moon?
Rush: It’s a variation on the classic tale “Flight of Icarus”, but other stories I think it shares some DNA with are “Birdy” by William Wharton; “The Year of Living Dangerously” by Christopher Koch; “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green; and, as it is set in the Congo, “The Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad. Continue reading