Interview with JZ Murdock

What's the story behind your latest book?
First, I do have more books and audiobooks on Amazon.
"Death of Heaven" came out in 2012 but I have a new editor and we have just about finished up with an extensive re-edit. We should be re-releasing it sometime Spring of 2014. It is a unique book about two childhood friends who grow up, despite their past into a world no one understands; until one of them begins to receive "stories" that change everything for them both. They find they can do nothing but watch the events unfold that change the world and to some degree, the entire universe. Certainly, it changes how humankind views life and history going back before the beginning of recorded time.
The book is based on a previous novella published in my book, "Anthology of Evil", and titled, "Andrew". Andrew is a five year old genius who has experienced a traumatic event that changes his life more than any human being has ever experienced change. That period of time is juxtaposed against his efforts years later in a war as an adult in the military. Through all this time he has been watched and guided by others, but who are they, what do they want with him, and what will happen to Andrew?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My writing style and stories are unusual and hard to put into a slot that established publishing houses like to see. That is a perfect situation and opportunity to publish independently. The community of indie authors I know are interesting people and I'm happy to know and be counted among them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Is there a greater joy as a writer, than having a reader tell you they were moved by something you wrote? I don't think so.
What are you working on next?
As of today in April 2014, I'm finishing up a re-edit of "Death of Heaven"; finishing up my new story, "In The Shade" which is a new character and outsider's view of what is happening in "Death of Heaven";
I'm also working on several other projects. One is a screenplay of a 1974 murder in Tacoma, WA by local organized crime. I was aware of that at the time when I had helped a potential witness escape town (though she saw nothing, those involved thought she had, and she was afraid).
I'm also writing my memoirs from the USAF in the last 1970s.
Also, I'm gearing up to write the sequel to "Death of Heaven" which will include some characters from my screenplay, "Gray and Lover - The Hearth Tales Incident". At the end of the screenplay, there is an allusion to the story, "In The Shade" and you get to see some of what is described in this new story.
Who are your favorite authors?
Clive Barker replaced Stephen King for me many years ago. Len Deighton as a WWII, cold war author is the best. I've been reading a lot of non-fiction the past few years on things like the wars and the sciences. Kurt Giambastiani and esp., his Fallen Cloud series are some of my favorites and I'm pleased to call him friend. His wife Ilene is now my editor. A very famous female author once said because of what she writes, she never reads similar writings by living authors. I liked that way of thinking. Edgar Allen Poe, always one of my favorites as well as others no longer living like Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Rice Burroughs. And no, I've never read Tarzan.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought that I could write something new and interesting and to get closer to my goals.
To see what my adult children are up to and what new and fascinating projects they are involved in, as they always are.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching films, reading, riding my bicycle or my Harley "Street Bob". Or maybe working on my couple of acres with my German Shepherd, Buddha Thai. I live on the other side of Puget Sound from just about every friend and author friend I know, so I don't get to seem many people very often. But Kitsap County here is very relaxed and not as congested as King County and its greater Seattle area.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Typically, suggestions from fellow writers and friends, or news/comedy shows like Fareed Zakaria, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. "Ten Steps to ShaduKandom" that I wrote in 10th grade after having read "Dune" for the first time. It was about an assassin school from the perspective of a student and about his disillusionment in his chosen profession, before his graduation. I was out of school for a week with bronchitis, on codeine cough meds. I had just gotten, "Dune" and the new Black Sabbath Master of Reality album that came out that week. I listened to the album over and over while I read, on codeine, all week long. It was a unique (perfect) way to read "Dune" (except for being sick) and left me inspired to write a story that came our fairly quickly onto paper. It's worth noting that I had previously read "The Foundation Trilogy" by one of my writing heroes at the time, Isaac Asimov, which was the only other story I could relate the "Dune Universe" to. Years later Asimov inspired the title of my first published short story, "In Memory, Yet Crystal Clear" (1990) from Asimov's first autobiography, "In Memory, Yet Green". "Crystal Clear" is a social horror story of warning about putting all your eggs in one box, so to speak.
What is your writing process?
I write. I was a Senior Technical Writer, something Asimov professed was a good starting place for sci fi writers. So I got used to attention to detail and writing on demand. And harsh criticisms where you're expected to produce. So I don't really believe in "writer's block" and feel it's kind of a cop out, certainly for most amateur writers and on occasion for professionals.
I like to get up very early and write all day, but I have a day job that interferes with my writing, my energy and my creativity. One of my goals is to replace my day job with money from my fiction writings. So any readers willing to help with that, are certainly welcome. I have a lot of years left to me for writing and I hope to fill them up with good stories. Stay tuned....
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I just replaced my Kindle Fire with a Kindle Fire HD because it has Bluetooth which, when I first received my Fire, I was disappointed to note it was lacking.
Published 2014-04-21.
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Books by This Author

Psycho-neurologically Approaching a Field Theory Understanding of Schizophrenia via Research of a Non-normative, Non-pathological Syndrome: Synesthesia, and the need for more information
Price: Free! Words: 7,590. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Psychopathology / schizophrenia
In past years the study, control, and understanding of schizophrenia has been greatly hampered by lack of information, inappropriate tools (like no computers of sufficient complexity for handling of compilation and dissemination of data), obviously a lack of appropriate software for such research and perhaps most simply, the incorrect approach. Also included in my 99 cent ebook on Field Theory.
Some Notes on Field Theory, Albert's Mind, and the Status Quo: The Necessity of Contextualism in Psychology
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,630. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » General
A brief history of Psychology and the Sciences as related to field theory. Also include an article on Synesthesia / Schizophrenia.
Death of Heaven
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 147,580. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
2014 revised 2nd edition Where did we come from? Throughout Human History many philosophies and religions have pondered this ultimate question. James and Jimmy, brothers in arms since childhood, will learn that the answer is what nightmares are made of. They, along with all of humanity, will experience firsthand the Death of Heaven.
Anthology of Evil
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,930. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
The tales in this anthology examine the many forms of Evil. Evil is in our relationships, on the streets we travel, in the news, and in our entertainment. At times it's right in front of us and we don't even recognize it. No matter what the circumstances, Evil surrounds us in our daily lives. Evil. It is all around us. It takes many forms. It patiently waits. Choose your next step well...
Simon’s Beautiful Thought
Price: Free! Words: 11,830. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
“I love you Simon. I wish I didn’t, but I do. It’s destiny, as if I were made for you.” She looked up at Simon, her eyes big, twinkling, passionate, and tracking him perfectly. He felt as if he could fall into them. “I love you too,” Simon said. “But sometimes, love is not enough. Sometimes, loving someone, is just not-- right...”