Interview with Stephen Murphy

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Boston, which is the site of several scenes in Alibi.
When did you first start writing?
I started in 1982 but really concentrated on writing in 1989. I was inspired by the success of other lawyer authors such as Scott Turow, Barry Reed, and John Grisham.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Alibi is based on a murder trial I watched when I worked as a law clerk in the New Hampshire Superior Court. I was intrigued by the style of the prosecutor and defense lawyer and amazed at the outcome of the trial.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy bringing readers into a world that may be unfamiliar and introducing them to unusual characters.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the third Dutch Francis book, which involves a kidnapping and murder.
Who are your favorite authors?
See answer to earlier question. Also add Sheldon Siegel, Pat Conroy, Tim O'Brien, and T.C. Boyle.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I sit as a judge in the San Francisco Superior Court, either presiding over misdemeanor jury trials or handling traffic cases.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It's called "What if Holden Caulfield Went to Law School" and has been published in an anthology of that name.
What is your writing process?
I write in a local cafe, Simple Pleasures in San Francisco's Richmond District, one or two nights a week.
Published 2017-11-04.
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Books by This Author

Alibi
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,430. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
As a favor to an old friend, Dutch Francis agrees to defend a troubled young man accused of murdering the local college football star. But the more he investigates, the more he gets played.