Murray is the third male named Murray in his recent family tree. Tercero means "third" in Spanish and is a language he has halfway learned since junior high school. Murray has lived in many parts of the United States from Florida to Alaska and Maryland to California. He has met people from the places he mentions in the story and has been intensely interested in learning to speak other languages only to end up learning about the culture and failing to retain the language. Murray is of one racial background, married a woman of another racial background, has one son of mixed race, and is soon expecting his first grandchild. This background and his personal interests in cultures, travels, and people provide the story lines for his characters. He is part Edudi in grandfatherly outlook and part Abby in his sense of adventure. Abby is an ongoing fictional granddaughter whom he would have empowered in every way possible had she really existed. There are two other stories soon to be published.
Many more are waiting to be released from his imagination but this trilogy represents his first venture into publishing. Abby is his fictional grandchild but represents the best of many of the children he has met and spent valuable time with. Murray has lived in the Portland, Oregon area since 1998.