Luke Murphy author of the newly release Rock-a-Bye Baby kindly offered some insight into his life as an author.
- What is the first book that made you cry?
My grade 9 History textbook.
- What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
Scammers – agents and publishers who want money in advance to work with you. Money runs to/through the author, always!
- What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Thinking you’re going to become rich after publishing your first book. You need many books and you need to promote, promote, promote.
- Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
Hurt. Accept criticism, accept rejection, move on and grow from it.
- What is your writing Kryptonite?
Time – as a fulltime teacher, husband, dad, part time tutor and hockey ref, I just can’t find enough of it.
- Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
No. I’m proud of my work and want people to know it.
- Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write for readers.
- Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I hate the term sequel, because that means you need to read them in order. I like the term series featuring reoccurring characters, because they can be stand-alone novels.
- If you could tell your younger writing-self anything, what would it be?
Start writing earlier in your life.
- What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Hiring an editor. He taught me a lot about writing, technique, plotting, and the industry.
- What did you do with your first advance?
Bought a cup of coffee.
Check out Luke’s website
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