Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Q&A with Alex Temblador

From my Q&A with Alex Temblador, author of Half Outlaw:
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?

When my uncle called me ‘half outlaw,’ I was struck by the phrase. What makes you an outlaw, and subsequently, only part or ‘half’ of said outlaw? To me, ‘half outlaw’ sounds like someone who does good and lives in the light, but if necessary, has no trouble with the dark side, a place beyond the law. And this accurately describes Raqi, a successful lawyer who was raised by her uncle, Dodge, and his one-percenter motorcycle club, the Lawless. Even as an adult, when she has committed her life to the law, she’s continually pulled back to the past by the Lawless who pressure her to represent them in court and convince her to go on a motorcycle ride in honor of the passing of her uncle who she hasn’t talked to in 13 years.

On another level, Half Outlaw represents Raqi’s identity as half-Mexican, half white. Although she exists comfortably as a Mixed woman, she’s always pulled by society or the Lawless toward...[read on]
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