Interview with Stephen Murphy

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wasn't aware I was an 'indie' author until the question appeared, but writing's always been something I've done, and e-publishing seems like a great way to share what I do with others who may otherwise never know what I'm doing.
What is your writing process?
I saw an interview before with a writer (though I can't remember who she was) who said that writing for her was like standing out in the middle of a field; She could feel the energy of the art coming over the hills and always thought that if she didn't reach up to write it down it would just keep going looking for somebody else to write it down instead. It's pretty much exactly how I see poetry as an art form, at times it's more a form of energy than the honing of a craft.
What do you read for pleasure?
At the moment I'm reading The White Goddess by Robert Graves and a book on the mythology of trees. I'm fascinated by pre-christian Ireland, and where others see it as academic, that's what's ticking my boxes these days!
Describe your desk
Messy!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Leitrim, in Ireland, about 15 miles from the coast. My summers were spent by the Atlantic Ocean and my winters were spent in the forests walking the dogs. The influences are still strong, I was born a country boy and I'll die one, I'm happier up a mountain than in a city.
What's the story behind your latest book?
'September 2013' is a collection I wrote to commemorate the centenary of the Yeats poem 'September 1913'. Writing a piece a day for the month of September, it turned out much better than I expected and was published in print by Inisciuin Press!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The best moment I've had in writing was having people approach me after a performance to tell me that what I'd written resonated with them. Many authors claim that they don't write for others, but we're social creatures and deep down I think every artist wants the respect of their peers.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are what are plugged into a wall on a hot day to get a breeze going. In human terms; they mean I can afford to do what I do and keep me away from office work. For that I am forever indebted to them.
What are you working on next?
At the moment I'm working on my first novel, based on trekking to Everest in the summer of 2013. I'm probably supposed to talk it up, but I hate pomp and this isn't a CV, so all I'll say is that if the book itself is half as incredible as the experience, it should definitely be worth a read!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Love.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
At the moment, any time not spent writing is spent either puppy training or preparing the house for the arrival of our first baby, due in May!
Published 2013-12-30.
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Books by This Author

The Sleeping Warrior
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,050. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This is a poetry book by Stephen A. Murphy it's inspired by the Northwest coast of Ireland as well as his travels away from home. This first collection is a journey into the mythology of the Irish past, insights into its troubled present, and reflections on life, a mix of an Ireland beyond the romantics of postcards and a philosophy heavily inspired by Oriental thought.