Isaac “Marty” Morris is Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy at Lincoln Land Community College and the author of The Absence of Goodness. Deborah Brothers interviewed Morris in October 2010 about his novel, which is set in Springfield, Illinois. Although the book references an actual unsolved murder of a young woman from Springfield, Morris explains in this interview how his book is much more than a detective or mystery story. He discusses development of his main character, Margaret Donovan, who must choose between her former life as a sheriff’s deputy or her present one, where she is undergoing her novitiate. Additional interview highlights entail Morris’s religious background and influences and his plans for a sequel.
John Paul Jaramillo’s debut story collection The House of Order was named a 2013 Int’l Latino Book Award Finalist, and his most recent work Little Mocos is now available from Twelve Winters Press. In 2013 Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature listed Jaramillo as one of its Top 10 New Latino Authors to Watch and Read. He is currently a professor of composition and literature at Lincoln Land College-Springfield, Illinois.