Interview with Joshua Gaylord, Author of When We Were Animals
Author Interview / May 11, 2015

I am very excited to have Joshua Gaylord, author of WHEN WE WERE ANIMALS, join us today for a Q&A. For those that missed my review, this is one of my favorite recent books. I read a quite a few books a year, and it is always refreshing when I encounter one that just feels so different. There’s a magic to the main character that is hard to get across and I really feel there is much more to this book than it’s ability to scare or disturb. So, I was delighted to get the chance to ask the author a few questions. Red Moon meets The Virgin Suicides, WHEN WE WERE ANIMALS is an inimitable combination of an all-American coming-of-age story and a supernatural transformation legend. “For a long time, when I was a girl, I was a very good girl.” And so begins Gaylord’s modern gothic of a girl’s gritty, mythic, and violent coming-of-age. WHEN WE WERE ANIMALS is a dark, provocative journey into the American heartland and the unpredictable and biting hearts of teenagers. When Lumen Fowler looks back on her childhood, she cannot imagine how she became a kind suburban wife and devoted mother. In fact she…

Review: When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord
5 Stars , Reviews / April 30, 2015

When We Were Animals is a beautifully chilling story about humans and the animals within us. I absolutely love the prose and Gaylord’s way with words. He takes you right into the town and into the mind of our protagonist, Lumen. Lumen Fowler grew up in a small town with a peculiar nature. For three nights of each full moon teenagers “breach”, which means they run wild through the night and succumb to a carnal and predatory nature. They become animals free of of the bonds that hinder more base instincts and desires within humans in a civilized society. This stage usually lasts about 1 year and starts about age 15 but can vary per person. It creates an interesting setting where the people of the town know to stay indoors and away from these kids as they go crazy, free of restraint. Lumen is an absolutely captivating character. She is a thinker, one great example is how she explains the meaning of her name, defines herself in terms of her name (which has numerous definitions). She loves words and maps and books. She has always feels a bit different from all of her friends and peers. She is absolutely sure she will be different in that she will not…