Barbara Murray

Biography

Barbara M. Murray, R.N. is the author of the bestselling cookbook, Crock-It. With Hospice as her nursing specialty she explains the dying process in the booklet, Transition: An End of Life Guide. After the tragic death of her brother to the hands of the Unabomber Barb sought a life change through art in higher education with a focus on sculpture. She received the Governor’s Achievement Award for her work with the physically challenged. The mother of five, a talented cook, carpenter and painter, she loves movies, dancing, travel, Alaska, and often moves her furniture.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In 1965 my girlfriend and I loved The Man From U.N.C.L.E. television show with Robert Vaughn and David McCallum (now on NCIS) the way only twelve-year-old girls who have a crush can love. We wrote an episode we called the Gazebo in The Maze Affair and sent it in. We got an encouraging letter explaining they could not pay or credit us for our story but thanked us for our idea and used the title. We were ecstatic.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love movies. There is a three-dollar theatre I frequent often. Lately, I have taken to dragging my TV/VCR into the bathroom so I can watch a movie while I soak. Farming is hard work.
This summer I have become an apprentice on an organic farm. I am known as the transplanting queen. This week we dug potatoes and carrots, picked peppers, tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, tomatillos, basil, and melons, plucked onions and beets, and cut kale, rainbow chard and collards.
On the weekends I am working on a sculpture series called, Eat Me. I want to make life size vegetable people based on signature food (food that looks like the body part it benefits, example –walnuts are good for your brain). I also love dancing, reading, listening to music and cooking.
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Books

Crock-It
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,270. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Methods / slow cooking
Crock-It is a sweet book of homey recipes for the slower cooker. A family-style, budget-minded collection of crockery cooking using everyday foods. Buldging with quick and easy recipes for one-pot meals, it is a practical reference for busy moms. If you want to save time cooking... Crock-It.
A Sister's Memoir: Surviving The Unabomber's Last Blast
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 92,770. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Kaczynski or Teddy-K as Barb likes to call him, murdered her brother. As a hospice nurse, she thought her grief was handled. The auction of Unabomber’s possessions in 2011 spiked her anger, again. But Barb got help. She shares her journey with a profound sense of humor and an honest look at life. Along with recipes in her memoir, she added a dash of hope, a scoop of anger and a pinch of revenge.
Transition: A Guide Booklet for the End of Life
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Reference, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Pain management
This ebooklet changes a frightening event into a poignant experience. It is a simple, easy to understand explanation of the shut down process associated with death. The emotional aspects, physical considerations as well as suggestions for children are all included. Used by so many Hospice organizations for years, I promised I would keep it in circulation.

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