Featured Interview With Nora Murray
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up in a suburb of Milwaukee, WI with my parents and three siblings. After graduating from UW-Madison I worked as a television news producer and then made the switch to public relations when I moved to North Carolina. I now live just outside of Greensboro, NC with my husband, kids and dogs.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I actually had difficulty reading when I was younger. I memorized all of the books my parents read to me, but never actually bothered learning how to read the words myself. I was sent to a special class for extra reading help in elementary school, but once I figured it out I couldn’t stop reading. My kids still complain that I read too much.
I really started writing in college when I majored in journalism and mass communicaitons. I wrote news articles for journalism class, and screenplays for my communications courses.
When I started working in news, I loved it, but I also missed writing the stories that would pop into my head so I joined a writing group to mix it up. My friends at work actually laughed, asking me why I wanted to write in my spare time, after spending 8 hours a day in front of a computer writing the news. The simple answer was the style of writing was totally different, and I loved both.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I don’t really have a favorite author or genre. Growing up, I really enjoyed mysteries from Agatha Christie, to R.L. Stein and Nancy Drew. Now, I read non-fiction, autobiographies, fantasy, historical fiction, romance, literary fiction, science fiction, thrillers … I like to mix it up.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My first novel, “Kingdom Come,” is set in an underground, self-sustaining society that grows by coercing parents to give up their children, and is also planning the end of the world.
The main character, Adam, is a Rescuer who takes children out of what he deems bad situations by convincing a parent to give them up. The children are taken to his underground world, where they are welcomed and raised by the Family and their leader, a man they call Father. After his latest mission, Adam learns Father is ready to trigger a catastrophic event that could end life above ground. In Father’s absence, Adam will lead the Family with the help of the two other Rescuers. Adam begins to have doubts about his beliefs as he learns what it takes to make their underground utopia thrive. In the end, Adam must decide if the above ground world is worth saving.
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