Now that we had the chance to meet Calvin, from Dead Man’s Hand, last week, we get to meet his writer! Luke Murphy is with us today to answer Ten Questions. Welcome back, Luke!
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Author Bio: Luke Murphy lives in Shawville, Quebec with his wife, two daughters and pug.
He played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006. Since then, he’s held a number of jobs, from sports columnist to radio journalist, before earning his Bachelor of Education degree (Magna Cum Laude).
Murphy’s debut novel, Dead Man’s Hand, was released by Imajin Books on October 20, 2012.
1. What five words describe you?
Patient, determined, persistent, hard-working, thick-skinned
2. What was the first story you ever wrote? I mean the really bad one we all have that you’re trying to hide in the back of closet now that you’re published?
Untitled, I wrote it right out of college, following the life of a female, rookie detective on the LAPD. I would like to go back and work on it to improve the novel, hopefully for publication someday.
3. What inspires you?
I’ve always been self-motivated. But for DEAD MAN’S HAND, there is not a single moment in time when this idea came to be, but circumstances over the years that led to this story: my hockey injuries, frequent visits to Las Vegas, my love of football, crime books and movies.
Dead Man’s Hand became real from mixing these events, taking advantage of experts in their field, and adding my wild imagination. The internet also provides a wealth of information, available at our fingertips with a click of the mouse.
4. What distracts you?
My daughters, but it’s a good distraction. 2 and 4 years-old, playing ring-around-the-rosie and duck-duck-goose
5. What’s your favorite story? This can be specific, as in a particular book or even story-driven movie, or general, like “I’m a sucker for a hero looking for redemption story.”
I like suspense-thrillers…a great homicide investigation/detective story.
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About the Writing
1. Tell us about your currently available titles.
Dead Man’s Hand, my debut novel, is a crime-thriller that takes readers inside the head of Calvin Watters, a sadistically violent African-American Las Vegas debt-collector, who was once a rising football star, now a murder suspect on the run.
2. What’s your favorite part about writing these stories?
Writing allows me, for a short time, the freedom to leave my everyday world and explore new avenues, to be in another place and time. It allows me to get inside the head of characters—to think, do, and say whatever I want with no rules or restrictions. It means liberty and freedom to express myself.
3. What would your characters say about you? Be honest!
Calvin Watters could relate to my sports injuries, and probably would like to have a beer together to compare our “war” wounds.
4. Who would play your favorite character if they made a movie of their story?
I’ve thought about this question before. Back when I started to write this novel (2006), I pictured Denzel Washington as Calvin Watters. But that was a while ago and I think that Denzel would be too old now.
5. Do you have any projects currently in the works you want to talk about?
I’m currently working (revising) on the first novel I ever wrote, a crime-thriller following the career of a female, rookie detective on the LAPD.
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Thanks for joining us today, Luke, and good luck with your stories!