Goodreads asked Ellen Malphrus:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Ellen Malphrus
I was camping on an uninhabited island, and in the night I heard a sublime sound that was like the whisper of forever. It turned out to be a sleeping dolphin floating down the river, ever-so-placidly exhaling.

When we looked at one another, that dolphin and I, a fascination was triggered in me that lies at the heart of "Untying the Moon." There is violence in the novel that is in direct counterpoint, but that serenity – a desire for it anyway – underlies everything.

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