Title: Trace (TraceWorld Book 1)
Author: Letitia L. Moffitt
She knows what happens when you die.
Nola Lantry is a tracist: she can sense the particles of energy that are released when the human body expires. It’s a somewhat gruesome ability, but Nola uses it to bring some meaning to her otherwise drab life in upstate New York by assisting the Redfort Police Department on missing person cases. When the richest man in town, Culver Bryant, disappears, Nola finds herself in the middle of a case that is both baffling and increasingly dangerous, the danger appearing in the form of death threats as well as the missing man’s brother, Grayson. Does Grayson Bryant pursue Nola to seduce her or to stop her—and why does Nola feel a connection with him despite her mistrust?
Title: Vibe/Sync (TraceWorld Book 2)
Author: Letitia L. Moffitt
Barely a week has passed since she solved her last case and Nola Lantri is already involved in several new mysteries—with a couple of people who may be just as unusual as Nola herself.
Part 1: Vibe
Eric Lafferty has returned to Redfort City a little too late for his father’s funeral but just in time to get mixed-up in a mystery that involves Nola Lantri, Grayson Bryant, a dead girl and a missing woman. Eric’s ability to read the vibrational changes in brain waves should be an asset, yet it only seems to make life more difficult for him—and given that he and Nola might be the next victims, things are difficult enough.
Part 2: Sync
Emjay used to steal things—nothing big, just enough to get by—but after a terrible accident changes her life, Emjay has only one thing on her mind: revenge. Suddenly private investigator Nola Lantri appears and questions Emjay about her past—and informs her that the mysterious man she works for has a complicated past of his own. Emjay must figure out the best use of her odd ability to “sync,” a technique intended to help people heal—but one that also can cause a lot of harm.
Letitia L. Moffitt was born and raised in Hawaii. She received a doctoral degree in English/Creative Writing from Binghamton University. Her first novel, Sidewalk Dancing, was published by Atticus Books in November 2013. Her novel Trace—Book 1 of the TraceWorld series—was published by Cantraip Press in March 2015. Vibe/Sync, Book 2 of the series, will be released by Cantraip Press in April 2016. In her spare time Moffitt runs ultramarathons and blogs about her experiences at http://letitiamoffitt.blogspot.com.
*And now, it’s time for an EXCLUSIVE AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Letitia L. Moffitt!*
CKB: What inspired you to write science fiction?
Letitia: I love playing the “what if” game that kids like to play. What if people could read minds? What if you could hypnotize people? What you could fly? Science fiction is such a marvelous blend of imagination and realism, it’s both fun and enlightening at once.
CKB: Have any other books, movies or TV shows influenced your writing?
Letitia: I think probably everything I’ve ever read or seen has influenced me one way or another, even if I’m not aware of it. The books that probably more directly influenced me were ones that took a sci-fi premise and made it not the center of the story but simply an accepted aspect of this world. The “sci-fi” aspect of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go isn’t even described or discussed at all, even though the book could not exist without it, but the novel is so much more—one of those books that just leaves you stunned for weeks after you read it.
CKB: How did you find your publishers?
Letitia: My first novel, Sidewalk Dancing, was published by Atticus Books. A friend, the amazing Roxane Gay, told me about this wonderful independent press that would be perfect for my book, and she was right. My second and third novels, Trace and Vibe/Sync, were published by Cantraip Press, which is run by a friend of mine, Mary Maddox, who is a fantastic writer herself. I knew any publishing company she ran was sure to be a good one, so I sought her out for my TraceWorld series.
CKB: What was your publication journey like?
Letitia: Oh, smooth, of course; isn’t everyone’s? Kidding. Publication is the part of writing that makes you wish you’d picked something else to do with your free time.
CKB: What are the top three best things about living in Hawaii?
Letitia: First, the people are diverse and caring, and they enjoy life. Second, the natural beauty is spectacular, and I’m not just talking about obvious things like beaches—there are so many great places to hike, too. And third, the food. A typical Thanksgiving dinner in Hawaii will probably feature foods from about nine different places—places you’ve never been to, yet you still get to enjoy the cuisine.
~*Thank you so much for your time, Letitia! I really enjoyed your responses to this interview!