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Delfy Hall Looks For Magic In Real Places

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Delfy Hall, author of the award-winning YA novel The Warlock and the Wolf.

The worlds of science and magic go head-to-head in Delfy Hall's Nautilus Gold Award-winning debut novel The Warlock and the Wolf. Setting her story in the Dutch Golden Age, the Kentucky author tracks a scientist in training with a close kinship with animals as she unravels questions about her parents' death.

In this interview, Hall discusses the genesis of the book, how animals figure prominently in her world, and why you don't want electricity in your fantasy novel.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.