Laura Murray is a writer and author. She currently works as Senior Risk Advisor for Sussman Corporate Security while authoring books and writing freelance. She received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science at the University of Louisville and her Masters of Strategic Intelligence at American Military University. She has worked with the Department of Homeland Security and the Kentucky State Police Intelligence Branch. Laura left government work on the state and federal levels to work from home. She thoroughly enjoys writing papers and articles on security, intelligence, terrorism, and crime topics in addition to Christian persecution. She authors a monthly magazine, "In Chains," that you can sign up for on her website.
Describe your desk
My desk?! Wow. OK. First of all, I have many desks. My actual desk only has my computer on it some of the time and is located in an office. It always has bills, cards, magazines, taxes, etc on it and looks a mess. But I know where everything is! I do periodically clean it up but it never stays that way. That is my "official" desk.
My computer is currently on a folding table in my living room. It is covered in research, books, papers, pens, and empty soft drink containers. I homeschool, so I need to be out where my children are. When I'm not working on a book, or when things are not crazy at my house, the computer goes on my desk and the folding table gets put away.
I also have a laptop. Thankfully all of my devices are linked. So I can access my writing no matter where I am. So, my desk is constantly moving! Sometimes I am writing in the car (not while driving), on my couch, in my bed, at a restaurant, or anywhere I need to be. My family is constantly on the move and our activities keep us busy. So my ability to write has to adapt to the craziness of my life!
All in all, my desk moves and is located all over the place. No matter where it is located or on what it is located, there are always research papers, pens, books, electronic devices (iPads, phones, etc) and all sorts of other things. It may not be the most organized method, but it is the only way I can balance writing, authorship, being a homeschool mom, being a wife, volunteering and advocacy.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy, for me, is seeing people appreciate my work. I have been writing for a long time (for the government and businesses). My specialty is in analysis. So it is always so rewarding to see that my writing has helped someone understand an issue.
I also take a lot of time and effort to make sure that my conclusions are sound and are based on good data/information. That can be very difficult at times. Sometimes, the best is sketchy. But I work as hard as I can to have a good foundation (as best as it can be), in order to have the best analysis. I want others to be able to use my work for whatever they are doing and for them to trust that my work is dependable. Whether it is advocacy, politics, food questions, or something off the wall, I always want what I do to help someone else. When I achieve this, I feel great!
As the world watches genocide in Iraq and Syria, another genocide is happening in Africa. The systematic annihilation of Christians is happening in Nigeria. Christians are being destroyed by acts of violence, intimidation, rape, kidnapping and murder. Both Boko Haram and the Fulani tribes have set their sights on ridding Nigeria of its Christians.
Thank you for this very informative book. It explains things very well without getting too heavy. I appreciate how you included the arabic words. I also appreciate the references to US and International laws that are in direct conflict with Sharia.