Interview with Jill Murphy Long

What is your writing process?
Try to wake up, but not too much--no talking--make strong Turkish coffee, sip, and let my fingers fly across the keyboard until I get hungry for breakfast.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My mother gave me a copy of Gone With the Wind when the summer I turned eleven. I thought, if I could read this thick book, I'll be able to read anything. I did and now I do read everything, especially authors who write in English even though it is not their native language.
How do you approach cover design?
I find talented and creative artists, give my ideas, and then step away and let them design the best cover.
Describe your desk
It's a moving target, usually coffeehouses around my new city of Portland, The Sterling Writer's Room at the Central Library, or outside somewhere on the grass or in the woods with a view.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am a traditional published author as well as an independent author. I like the instant connection I can have with my readers now.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love when writing can make time stand still. I am unaware of time passing as I create worlds and characters and direct them to act and speak. This happens where I am writing novels, stage plays, and screenplays. Plus there is the added bonus of being able to travel anywhere in the world and beyond...
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Meeting them online, or better yet in person, makes editing my book for the seventeenth or twenty-fifth time all worth it. Also, if I have written something that helps them that means a lot, too (my Permission to...books).
What are you working on next?
I just visited the new exhibition at the Portland Art Museum and started writing (in my head) a comedy about The Golden Age of Art and Music in Venice, Italy, a parallel story of how we worship our celebrities in current times like they did. It will involve time travel, again...maybe I'll write it first as a screenplay (it's only 100 pages and will give me an outline) and then next, will pen a novel.
When did you first start writing?
According to my younger sister, I wrote and made a book for her third birthday, so that would have made me nine years old. I drew a picture of toast and sprinkled cinnamon and sugar over glue to create her favorite breakfast and to show my dad shaving, I glued sandpaper to create his five o'clock shadow. The short picture book was basically a learn-to-read book for her and a learn-to-write book for me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had just watched the film, Another Earth, read The Time Traveler's Wife and admired how she navigated the narrative and plot plus thought Michael Cunningham's book, The Hours, was brilliant (obviously). My mother died when I was still a teenager, so I think in writing The Conduit, it gave me a way to reconnect in a sense with her.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to list!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to ski (downhill and fast) and cycle (road and mountain bike--preferably downhill, too and always fast). International travel and reading are close in the running.
Published 2014-03-21.
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Books by This Author

The Conduit
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,660. Language: American English. Published: March 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
From the safety of her grandmother’s house in the snowy Rocky Mountains, college student Tess transcends time when she follows a six-year-old girl through the slums of Rio de Janeiro, searching for answers about the disappearance of her mother thirteen years ago.
Permission to Play, Taking Time to Renew Your Smile
Series: Permission to...books. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 39,680. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence and self-esteem
Full of ideas, this motivational book helps you find more ways to play. Active play is all about fun—not working out. Creative play provides the mental stimulation and exhilarating challenge that housework and paperwork cannot. The mind, too craves fun and games, and not just on vacation or at retirement. With road trips and field days suggestions, you now have permission to go play!
Permission to Nap, Taking Time to Restore Your Spirit
Series: Permission to...books. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 35,640. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Women's health
This soothing book reveals the sweet secret of living well, the afternoon siesta. Its peaceful prose invites the harried to learn the art of reserving a few precious moments every day to balance family, relationships, passions, and/or a career. Quotes and recipes encourage these tired individuals to reflect inward and regain harmony in their lives. This gentle guide makes a beautiful gift.
Skiing With God
Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 98,540. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
In Heaven, there are 8,143 ski resorts. Ski enthusiast Joy heard rumors Heaven offered every type of skiing ever imagined and after skiing with God—that’s her job now, she knows these tales to be true. Part Zen, part Catholic, part fantasy, and part true, Skiing With God will keep skiing and its memories alive—especially when winter is months away or where snow is many miles down the road.