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An Interview With R. Murray

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a London girl currently living in Auckland New Zealand. Touched By The Wolf is my debut novel and I am a mixture of nervous excited by it. I am an avid
reader and will pretty much read everything and anything and love discovering new authors. I have written on and off all my life mostly fanfictions, but now I am very happy and settled in to the world of paranormal. I have many more adventures planned.

2. What do you do when you are not writing?
Read, work, hang out with my amazing friends and explore the beautiful country that is currently my home. I feel very blessed to call New Zealand my home.

3. Do you have a day job as well? How do you balance that with your writing?
My day job is a Dog Supervisor at a dog day care centre in Auckland. I basically get to hang out and play with dogs all day, it’s a tough life. I write mainly at the weekends and as it is shift work I do, if I have an afternoon off I will write then.

4. When did you start writing?
I first started writing when I was a teenager, mainly fanfictions that I did post on a fanfiction site. I stopped through a lot of my later teenage years and my
twenties till about four years ago when I joined a RP group on twitter. I also dabble in poetry though haven’t had a chance recently.

5. How did you choose your genre?
I actually originally started writing a historical fiction, but when I struggled to get into it I took the two main characters and moved them to a paranormal world. Fantasy is my favourite genre. Fantasy of all types and so it made sense for me to write what I love to read.

6. Where do you get your ideas?
The idea for Emilie was from my very first character I ever wrote in RP and she has been with me for four years, so I am so excited to finally write a whole book series around her. My ideas come as I write, I didn’t really know where this story was going until I was about half way through the second chapter. Then it just clicked and the story worked.

7. Do you ever experience writers block and how do you overcome it?
I do experience writers block when I get tired. So I simply stop and return back to it when my mind is ready, it could be a few hours or a few day. Normally I lose myself in a good book and gain inspiration from the amazing authors I read.

8. Is there any particular authors or books that have inspired you?
Every book I read inspires me, not matter what the genre as does every author. I think the best research an author can do is by reading other authors in every
genre, that’s where inspiration is found.

9. What is your writing process like?
I like to plan very roughly the main story of the book, a brief description of each character and then I plan each chapter out with key words. Then I write and
build around the notes I have written. Most of the time I change a lot so I don’t like to plan thoroughly.

10. What do you think is the hardest part of being an author?
For me, it’s time. Time to promote a book, time to write a book especially if you are writing a series. Also getting noticed. I don’t write for money, I am writing
because I love it. But I would be lying if I said I didn’t want some acknowledgement and my work to be seen.

11. Tell us about your upcoming book.
My upcoming book is called Touched By The Wolf and it is a paranormal/ YA romance. It is the first in the Dark Blood series that will have three books
altogether. The story is the typical Vampire/werewolves war but I think it has a brilliant twist that I do not want to say much about.

12. Is it based on your own life experiences?
Not at all. It would be a pretty cool live I would have led if it was though.

13. Tell us about your favourite scene.
I think my favourite scene is when Emilie is forced to defend herself and another against a mob of newly turned vampires. I love the image of her stood amongst
them chanting spells as light illuminates her. The wolves come to her aid, and again the visual I had of their fight with her, and the love shared between her and Maccon. The mutual respect between her and the wolves is a very touching part of the book, and a turning point also.

14. Do you have any strange writing habits?
No. I don’t think so. I am a pretty boring writer.

15. Do you read as much as you write and what are you currently reading?
I read so much. I have three books on the go at the moment. They are:
Crimson moon by Sherri.A.Wingler
Tattered loyalties by Carrie Ann Ryan
Beast by A.Zavarell.

16. If you could claim to be the author of one bestseller what would it be?
I am going to have to say JK Rowling. I am such a Harry Potter geek, it’s ridiculous.

17. Is there anything you would never write about as an author?
I would never write erotica it is just not my thing at all.

18. What literary character is most like you?
Wow that is a tough one and if I am honest I don’t think I can think of an answer to that.

19. What was the most challenging part of writing your book?
Getting into the head of some of the characters. Not all of them I got on with and so that was tough. I am hoping I find them easier in the next book.

20. Any advice for other authors?
To never give up on your dream. I was very badly bullied mentally by someone I once called a friend and they destroyed my confidence in my ability to write, but
I eventually turned such negativity around and use the abuse as my strength, and now I have my first book published. Never let people tell you that you cannot do something, you can! Write for you first, someone, somewhere will always read your work.

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