Todays interview is with author R. Murry who is a Newbie Author at age 64, who has been writing most of his life in a personal journal. He trained in the last couple of years to write this novel, and it paid off with the publishing of his book by Black Rose Writing in March 2012.
Books & Writing: Do you remember the first story you wrote?
R. Murry: Not really. What I do remember is that my Bentley College American Literature professor told me I could write 37 years ago. She gave me four 4.0 grades for my journals, which were critiques on American Authors’ Books.
Books & Writing: Where you inspired by someone or something?
R. Murry: Yes. I was inspired by one of Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s sayings paraphrased: Don’t let the song in you die with you. I read this a few years ago and said to myself: “I’m going to write my book.” And I did.
Books & Writing: What do you like about writing a story?
R. Murry: The time being alone with my characters – developing them, re-writing, and seeing the final draft. I’m still re-writing when I read my book for others.
Books & Writing: Can you tell us a bit about your book The Audubon Caper.
R. Murry: As you know, this is a true crime autobiography. It’s the story of a time in my life I can’t forget, because it defines who I am today. I had to get this story out so people would know the untold story of the theft of John James Audubon’s prints from their home in Key West, Florida in 1977.
I’m the man in the middle who makes choices that leads to my life hanging on the edge and being place on the U.S. Witness Protection Program with my pregnant wife. The story starts there. Going to trial I tell the story and it ends with the trial where I’m the star witness for the U. S. Prosecution.
Books & Writing: Are you working on something new at the moment.
R. Murry: I am working on my second novel The Three Wives of Don Quixote Smith. It’s the story of three women who use one man to get their U.S Citizenship. They tell their story from their point of view.
Also, I started a blog, using my developed critique abilities, to read and review Twitter Writes’ Books sold in that social media. The name of the blog is www.conniesbrother.blogspot.com .
Books & Writing: Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
R. Murry: Firstly, make certain that writing is your calling, because if you’re not willing to write, write, re-write, and re-write, you will not succeed. You must have patience and work hard at your endeavor.
Books & Writing: Which authors inspired you?
R. Murry: Mark Twain; Ralph Waldo Emerson; and Henry David Thoreau. They believe in keeping the written word real and simple.
Books & Writing: Where can people go and read your work?
R. Murry: The Audubon Caper: The Untold Story of the Theft of an American Treasure can be found on both Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com:
Books & Writing: Where can people find you on the internet?
R. Murry: On FB: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Audubon-Caper/113280662134003, on Twitter: @roylmurry425, and at: www.conniesbrother.blogspot.com
Books & Writing: Is there anything else you want to share with readers?
R. Murry: Not really. Just keep on reading, because Authors need you – you’re part of the Art of Writing.