My First Interview as a Writer

About five years ago, I had a wild idea that I could be a writer.  Actually, I had entertained the thought for decades, but other things always came first.  I guess you could say the usual happened—life got in the way.

A marriage, a professional career, two children, mortgages and a few other things always took priority.  So, when it was time to retire, I simply had no excuse to delay the dream any longer.

Since I’ve been an avid reader of murder mysteries and thrillers most of my adult life, I would often play the “What if…?” game.  That’s how many wonderful novels are created—with just that one question that starts with “What if…?”

One day while waiting for a flight, I turned to my wife and asked that same question.  The difference that day was she called my bluff and answered the question.  That was the kick-start I needed to flesh out a plot and then add in some characters.  By the time we had boarded the flight, we’d given those characters names and I knew a novel was in my future.

Now fast-forwarding five years, I have one novel ready for publication after the first of the year and another one completed and in the editing stage.  Two more novels have names and preliminary plots have been conceived.

I’ve met some wonderful authors along the way who have been kind enough to share their knowledge, their mistakes and their successes.  They’ve even supported me in my weekly blogs as I describe various aspects of my favorite plot elements—Murder, Mayhem and Medicine.

This week is very special for me because an author friend persuaded me to share some things about my writing and myself in an author interview, and that interview posted on his blog site a couple of days ago.  As you might expect, it involves more Murder, Mayhem and Medicine.

So, if you’ll forgive me spotlighting a bit of my writing career thus far, I’d like to invite you to click this link to Clive Eaton’s blog and learn more about my writing and how it fits into my future.  And check out Clive’s published works while you’re there.

Thoughts?  Comments?  I’d love to hear them!

About James J. Murray, Fiction Writer

With experience in both pharmaceutical manufacturing and clinical patient management, medications and their impact on one’s quality of life have been my expertise. My secret passion of murder and mayhem, however, is a whole other matter. I’ve always loved reading murder mysteries and thrillers, and longed to weave such tales of my own. Drawing on my clinical expertise as a pharmacist and my infatuation with the lethal effects of drugs, my tales of murder, mayhem and medicine will have you looking over your shoulder and suspicious of anything in your medicine cabinet.
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7 Responses to My First Interview as a Writer

  1. Jim,
    Nice interview.
    Walt.

  2. Arlee Bird says:

    Outstanding interview. Some great background information and writing tips.

  3. I just read your interview. I have to say, good job! I enjoyed getting to know more about you and your writing.🙂

  4. Pingback: My brother Jim Murray tells us of a very special day – his first interview as an author:) « Thomas Rydder

  5. Terrific interview, that man..now you’ve started, keep it rollin’, rollin. rollin’,… :):) #TBSU

  6. W says:

    Thanks, Seumas. Appreciate all you do to promote #TBSU!

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