Award Winning, best selling vegan author Ray Star, is on the show today to discuss her fabulous debut novel, Earthlings.
Earthlings is book one of a young adult fantasy trilogy. It was published in 2021 and has gone on to win the Environmental Excellence Award with Essex Business Awards, Book of the Year with Betty’s Bookshop and a Vegan’s Choice Award.
The sequel, Dominion, is eagerly awaited by ME and many other readers. It is due for release in November 2022.
To set the scene, this trilogy plays out in a world where speciesism is reversed.
The animals are in power now. Chickens and cows mainly. After the Changing, the herbivores had the numbers to revolt.
To quote the novel: “Carnivores may be stronger, but they don’t have the numbers to rule.”
Insightful, terrifying truths like this are sprinkled throughout Earthlings. Ray manages to incorporate so much of what we do to animals. Now in reverse. As young Peridot our magick born protagonist express’s to her loyal dog friend Phoenix: “It’s as if the realities of the mainland are normality and I’m strange to be horrified by it.”
Vegan friends I know you can relate to being utterly horrified by what is deemed normal, necessary and natural today.
In the interview we cover:
- Ray’s becoming vegan story.
- Ray’s first book, Earthlings and what prompted her to write the trilogy.
- Each of the 3 books are named after powerful vegan documentaries, Earthlings, Dominion, Land of Hope and Glory.
- As the trilogy progresses it gets darker.
- The books are not marketed as vegan, so what sort of reactions is Ray hearing from omnivores?
- Speciesism is reversed. Humans are not at the top of the food chain.
- The research Ray had to undertake to ensure everything that happens to humans is factual.
- How hard was it to reverse the roles in a child friendly way?
- The role of magick in Ray’s life and the value in speaking your truth.
- Ray’s dream to one day open The Peridot Animal Sanctuary and Wildlife Reserve in England.
- Congruency as a carbon neutral author. Ray plants 1 tree per book sale via Ecologi and uses recycled paper where possible.
In case you were not 100% certain after that gushing interview, I really do hugely recommend reading and generously gifting, Earthlings.
It is an ingenious, impactful, non-judgemental and of course entirely enjoyable way to plant the vegan seeds of compassion we must sow if we are to have any hope of fixing the world instead of continuing to destroy it.
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