I grew up a voracious reader, feeding my imagination with books. I spent hours exploring the woods around my farm, pretending I was “Hawk-eye”, surviving in the wilderness. I climbed into the hayloft of our barn, looking for “Charlotte” among the spider webs. Later, I looked in every wardrobe I could trying to find “Narnia and Aslan”. As an adult, I can still remember reading my first novel with a lesbian character and how it made me feel to finally identify in an entirely new way.
My adventure into writing came at the suggestion of my wife. Several years ago, she asked me to write her a story. I began crafting her personalized gifts for holidays and special occasions, by writing stories for her. I’d weave in pieces and parts of our life. My brain started asking “what if” after she mentioned forgetting I’d written the story until something sounded familiar.
My wife and I are part owners of an active produce farm and a U Pick strawberry operation on my wife’s family land all while I continue into my twenty fifth year as a full-time firefighter. On top of all that, we built our dream home in 2016, on property we’ve been clearing and preparing for fourteen years. Now we reside on 221 acres of woodland in the mountains of West Virginia, with three cats as I pine away for another promised Border Collie. We love to go watch our Mountaineers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Steelers. We love leading our great niece and nephews on adventures to fuel their imagination and creativity as we watch them grow.
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The Bucket List
by CJ Murphy
Professor Jordan Armstrong, a biogenetic engineer, is at an impasse in her super food research. In order to move forward, she is adamant that her former professor, Noeul Scott, is the key but she has disappeared. Jordan stumbles upon a coded 'bucket list' that she hopes will reveal clues to where Noeul’s gone. Along this journey, she is guided by unexplained happenstances.
Frame by Frame
by CJ Murphy
Valkyrie (Val) Magnusson, a former Marine photographer, injured while covering a goodwill mission with Iraqi children. Haunted by flashbacks, Val travels the country as a photographer for Rider magazine. A self-proclaimed nomad, Val has little inclination to settle down. Something or rather someone keeps calling her back to a little tourist trap called Cool Springs in rural West Virginia.
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