'SONG OF THE GOLDEN SCORPION' opens in Bucerias, about ten miles north of Puerto Vallarta, when the main characters- Xochiquetzal and Javier- meet. It's an older woman, younger man relationship which continues intimately, and then with distance, for forty-two years. She's a former photography professor, and he's a Mexican physician. The trajectory of their love story is the guide throughout the novel, while gathering a spectrum of characters, their stories- a Hopi/Taos Pueblo flute player/story teller, who brings the message of the Hopi prophecies...the Maya shaman who explains to Xochiquetzal the meaning of our time, as we enter the Maya Sixth World...the Israeli Commando she meets in an airport, the story of his mother's family in Nazi Germany...the Japanese woman they meet at a beach in Mexico, her vow of silence, writing notes, and burying peace crystals around the world in honor of her grandmother, her family, Hiroshima, Nagasaki. And other crucial characters who magnetized to this storyline, the fictive dream, each one bringing their life story, their sorrow and joy.
In many ways it's a novel of Eros, the erotic, the senusality of being fully alive on the planet. Most of the novel takes place in Mexico, where I've lived for eight years now. There's one border crossing into New Mexico with Xochiquetzal and Javier, where they meet Hank, the Hopi/Taos Pueblo flute player hitchhiking. His stories about the Blue Star Kachina, Saquasohuh, the far away Star that must never dance in the plaza, come close to our Earth...the ancient Hopi warning of nuclear war. Each character brings their Eros, their love of being alive on the planet; each in their own unique way. Every novel has a central theme...the why of the writing. And I found that the 'answer' to my why/question was... Choose Eros, choose la vida, love.