Q & A — L. S. Murphy

q & a

Welcome to L.S. Murphy as my first guest this year on the blog!!


???????????????????????????????What were you like at school?

Actually, I was a band geek, an athlete, and a nerd. I rolled in all the circles.

Were you good at English?

Yes. And history.

Which writers inspire you?

Kurt Vonnegut, Rob Thomas, Laurie Halse Anderson, Libba Bray, Holly Black

So, what have you written?

Reaper is my debut novel. It was released by J. Taylor Publishing in January 2013.

I have two romance novellas, A Reason to Stay (Calliope ~ Musa Publishing) and Neighbors (Flirt ~ Entangled Publishing) areasontostay-510available now.

My short stories have appeared in several anthologies: UnCONventional (Spencer Hill Press), One More Day (J. Taylor Publishing), and Detritus (Omnium Gatherum Media).

What are you working on at the minute?

I’m finishing a New Adult novel about a college baseball player.

What genre are your books?

Young adult, new adult, romance, sometimes I dip my toes into horror for the fun of it. J

How much research do you do?

It depends on if the story needs research. I recently turned in a novel to my agent that was sparked from a vacation I took to Branson, MO. I researched a little more about the city as I wrote. Having said that, I’m heavy into researching a future project now.

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

Not yet.  🙂


When did you decide to become a writer?

I always wanted to be a writer, but it took the birth of my daughter to really make a go of it. I realized that I couldn’t encourage her to follow her dream if I wasn’t brave enough to follow my own.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Part-time. I have a full-time day job.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

I shoot for 1,000 words a day when I’m working on a project.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I have to have an outline. If not, then I lose the story. That doesn’t mean I always stick to the outline though.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Finishing. It’s easy to start a novel or story. It’s hard to finish it.

Neighbors Cover2

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

Finishing it. 🙂 I started it over a year ago. Since then, I’ve completed two other novels.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

The initial idea.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Depends on the book. Reaper, from conception to publication, took around 6 years. Yes, you read that right.

Do you ever get writer’s Block?

I don’t believe in it. If something isn’t working, I start something else. I can go back to the first project later and fix it. Time heals all wounds. 🙂

Reaper-Cover-Final-800pxFor your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

All of them. I love my kindle since it’s easy to transport and it fits in my bag, but nothing beats holding a brand new book or seeing it take a coveted spot on the bookshelf.

Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?

I tend to let the first draft stew for a month. Then I read through it and make notes for revisions. After that, I work on editing.

Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?

Yes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKLyEFd-DuE

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? 

Don’t give up.


You can keep up with L.S. Murphy and her work in any one of these fine places!

Website:  LSMurphy.com
Twitter: @LSMurphy

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/lsmurphyauthor/


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