Thursday, July 16, 2015

[Interview] Vaun Murphrey

I want to thank Ms. Murphrey for allowing me the opportunity to interview her for this session. For those of you who are unaware of her writings, she is the wonderful author of the Weaver series, starting with Chimera. You can see my review of that here.

Make sure you follow her on Goodreads and check out her biography at Amazon. You can see her website for any more information, including her blog and other works, too!


The Interview


Sympathy -- What gave you the idea for the Weaver series?
Vaun Murphrey -- Oddly enough the idea came from the age-old question, "Which came first - the chicken or the egg?"


S -- Is there anything you're currently working on?
VM -- Oh, boy that's a loaded question. When I first began writing novels I wondered if I'd ever have another idea as strong and clear as the Weaver Series but then I had several. Right now I'm finishing up the first book in another series about shape-changing aliens that flee to Earth to escape their world conquering Masters.


S -- What made you become a writer, and when did you start?
VM -- I've been writing since I was eight. I attended a creative writing course with my mother at McMurry College in Abilene, TX and fell in love. Poetry was my main interest for years, but I always dreamed of writing a book. One day in 2012 an idea came to me that was so strong I couldn't let it go. It scared me a bit so I didn't sit down to write it until January 2013. I haven't stopped since.


S -- Do you have a strategy for the "inevitable" apocalypse?
VM -- I think the end of the world will really just be the end of humanity. Some other form of life will take our place when our time is done. Do I have any plans for the apocalypse? Not really. The only thing I'd like to do is be with the people I love and make sure they know each minute was precious. Then KA-BOOM!


S -- Are you planning any signings or tours (digital or physical)?
VM -- I've had three signings so far - two at Barnes&Noble and one at Hastings in Lubbock, TX. I have a fourth scheduled at Barnes&Noble in December. I haven't done any digital tours, but I've had guest spots for other author's online book release parties. Television was scary for me, but I've had a few interviews now and even spoken to a local Middle School writing class. Eventually, you get over your nerves and enjoy it!


S -- Do you believe in unicorns?
VM -- It would be lovely if they really existed but alas there is no evidence of them in the fossil records. I picture them as territorial majestic beasts that run through any creature silly enough to try and ride them or cut off their horns.


S -- And do you believe that the narwhal is just a unicorn in disguise?
VM -- The narwhal gives me hope that unicorns could one day evolve from horses if we had another Ice Age. I mean, it only makes sense.


S -- What do you consider the perfect writing weather?
VM -- Overcast or raining outside with my computer in front of me and a cup of something scrumptious and hot. Those days have a unique sound and smell. The air pressure feels different to me too. It creates an aura of dreaming for me.


S -- Tea or coffee?
VM -- Both! I grew up having tea times with my mother and also watching her drink coffee in the mornings. Jasmine tea is my favorite tea and then English Breakfast tea is my second. Coffee? Mmmm, coffee is special. There are so many ways to drink it and so many flavors and creams to put in it...I can't list just one.


S -- E-books or physical?
VM -- Again, both. Some books are just easier to transport on your Kindle App but others feel like an adventure in your hands. Embossed books with leather covers are my favorite. The smell of truly old paper is divine.


S -- Do you listen to music while you write?
VM -- Music and I are joined at the brain and hip. I have a one-way love affair with Florence + The Machine and movie soundtracks. I sing and dance in the shower, car, house and at work. I'm a smidge insane over music. When I write and listen to music it enables me to tune out the real world and jump into my own.


S -- Do you have any tattoos, and, if so, what are they and their meanings?
VM -- I have two tattoos. One I got way back in 2002 and it's an Ankh. There wasn't any particular reason for me to get it except my interest in Egypt's past and my curiosity regarding mankind's obsession with immortality. The second tattoo was in 2014 and my husband and I went together for our anniversary. He had our son's days of birth inked on his upper arm and I had their months of birth between my shoulder blades. We each added an image of something we're personally passionate about too. Mine was the symbol my cover artist, Nathalia Suellen, created for the Weaver Series. It's graceful inter-looping lines that resemble twined hearts. It's also bright purple, lol.


I had a wonderful time with this interview and loved getting to know Ms. Murphrey more. There's just something about getting into a great author's head that is fulfilling!

Make sure to look out for my reviews of the rest of the Weaver series by Vaun Murphrey. I cannot wait to continue reading her works.



Vaun Murphrey


I have a passion for literature and I have been reading and writing little projects of my own since I was about seven or eight years old. I call Lubbock, Texas my home but I grew up military, moving all around until I was thirteen. There is no way in the world I could do anything I do without the love and support of my family and friends.

The Weaver Series came from my thirst for knowledge, my passion for science and how those needs often collide with how the world really is as opposed to how I wish it was.





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