Margaret Murray was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University and Hunter College. She attended the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center on an American Federation of the Arts fellowship and the Squaw Valley Screenwriters Conference on a National Endowment for the Arts grant. A writer and teacher, she has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over thirty years, and is the mother of three children and grandmother too.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Why did I launch WriteWords Press? Simply put, I was ready. I have been writing for decades, since I was eight and read The Boxcar Children. .I had studied the great works of English and American literature as an undergraduate and graduate English major and revere the art of fiction writing as a way of seeing beyond ourselves, into the meaning of our lives. I'm addicted to good stories. What's more, I was sick and tired of hoping I’d write the perfect query letter to the understanding agent with a penchant for taking a chance. The truth is I HAD that agent decades ago, a famous agent from New York City who backed off after awhile. No, I was not going to wait any more.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books are those I have yet to read which will inspire me to be the writer I love to be, books that will open me up to the magic, mystery and wonder of life. Examples of books that inspired me include: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, both of which I adored as a teenager; Dear Life by Alice Munro which I just taught in my From Heart to Paper Writing Workshop, Mercy by Tony Morrison, Atonement by Ian McEwan and Where the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald.
Hedonistically delightful, full of breathtaking exuberance, Pillow Prayers is set in San Francisco after the Summer of Love. At its center is sexy Beth, owner of a zen pillow stitchery, for whom life appears to be a hop, skip and a prayer on a psychedelic bus. Who could know she sews her pillows while maneuvering toward tragedy?
Spiral, a novel of magic realism and epic adventure in the ancient American Southwest.
At the end of a culture that built structures as big as the Roman Coliseum when medieval Europe was still in the Dark Ages, on a high desert landscape of brooding wind and dark storm clouds that never drop rain, the Elders threaten to sacrifice an infant boy to placate the sun dagger and thus end the drought.
In Sundagger.net, an unsuspecting Sara McClelland cannot know her hi-tech life is about to collide with an ancient tragedy. Burnt out from her job, haunted by the disappearance of her son, she finds unexpected mystery when she crawls into a sweat lodge.
In the hot stones of the Indian lodge, Sara is overcome by a vision of a Native American family who leads her to her own.
on Dec. 16, 2010
Floating Point seduced me into a world I yearn for, akin to the 60s "where the good guys were winning," which is how the author, Shelley Buck, feels on her way to purchase a $15,000 boat with her husband and berth it in the San Francisco Bay. They need to solve a looming dilemma--how to live and work in Silicon Valley, a dilemma I share. This memoir has all the lure of the Bay Area, with compelling, quirky characters written with a precise, biting, funny, meticulously-crafted viewpoint. The painstaking observations of how boats and other things work is matched and contrasted with the sensitive, self-critical bent of the narrator who solves her own dilemma while the boat endlessly rocks. Reading this book is a delight--and a journey into the dark waters of our present time.