An interview with Freydís Moon, author of Exodus 20:3

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Exodus 20:3

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Religious eroticism and queer emancipation meet in a claustrophobic monster-romance about divinity, sexuality, and freedom…

When Diego López is guilted by his mother into taking a lowkey construction job in New Mexico, he doesn’t expect to be the only helping hand at Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. But the church is abandoned, decrepit, and off the beaten path, and the only other person for miles is its handsome caretaker, Ariel Azevedo.

Together, Diego and Ariel refurbish the old church, sharing stories of their heritage, experiences, and desires. But as the long days turn into longer nights, Diego begins to see past Ariel’s human mirage and finds himself falling into lust-and maybe something else-with one of God’s first creations.

Interview

1. Why monster romance?

When I first started writing, I didn’t exactly know where I fit in, so I wrote (and still write) in broad strokes across a few different categories, but I think Monster Romance struck me as an untapped market. Basically, I noticed that a lot of large, high-dollar publishers were leaving money on the table while talented independent authors made a splash with love stories featuring non-human or monstrous partners. As a closeted non-binary, transmasculine writer, I found myself drawn to the interrogation of depravity and desire that came with crafting stories about loving the embodiment of fear. It addresses so many controversial and provocative topics – dysphoria, toxic relationships, exploring trauma, entertaining irredeemable or unsustainable fantasies, etc. I think I saw a sprawling, welcoming market and wanted to see what I could do there. So far, I’ve found it to be a huge comfort.

2. This book is about finding faith in places most queer people wouldn’t look. What made you want to write Diego’s story about Catholicism? How did you find a different approach to writing about faith?

I think that’s an interesting assessment! As a queer person of faith, I wouldn’t say most queer people wouldn’t look to the church for comfort or security, but we might tread more mindfully than others. That mindset is exactly why I wanted to write about Catholicism, acceptance, and sex work. Mary Magdalene was the first person to see Christ after the resurrection. Honoring sex work, highlighting the very bare-bones basics of biblical teachings, and stripping away the man-made, cis-male-centric ideology presented an opportunity to really dig deep and celebrate the act of questioning. I’m Catholic, but I also question. I’m spiritual, but I also have faith. I don’t know if my approach was much different than most queer people who still engage with their church of choice, but I do hope more people decide to write and publish stories like mine.

3. What’s one theme you always gravitate towards in your writing? Why?

Emancipation. I think freedom, cutting cords, escape, and survival are all themes that will forever have a place in my work. In EXODUS 20:3 the theme is: freedom from self,  past, and judgement. In THREE KINGS the theme is: freedom from trauma, guilt, and self-destruction. My next two books after that also play in the same wheelhouse, breaking down what it means to be free. I love to coelenterate survival in all its messiness and complexity.

4. Who’s a famous monster you’d fall/have already fallen in love with?

Oh, that’s a good question. I’d have to say the beautiful Norse deity from Netflix’s The Ritual is on my list. I also adore the mutated bear from Annihilation (and the sad creature from the original text, of course), and I’m very, very much in love with the sleek and disquieting Xenomorph design, anything from Clive Barker, and of course, the sexy Van Helsing (2004) werewolves.

5. Let’s pay it forward! What other indie authors do you recommend?

There’s a whole bunch, but to start: Aveda Vice, Elle Porter, Kellen Graves, Lily Mayne, Magen Cubed, A.M. Kore, S.T. Gibson, and Vera Valentine.

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Freydís is a biracial diviner and creator with an affinity for quirky, speculative storytelling. A lover of culture, mysticism, history, and language, they constantly find themself lost in a book, trying their hand at a new recipe, or planning a trip to a faraway place.

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