Welcome to Author L.S. Murphy
L.S. Murphy lives in the Greater St. Louis area where she watches Cardinals baseball, reads every book she can find, and weaves tales for teens and adults. When not doing all of the above, she tends to The Bean (aka her daughter), her husband and a menagerie of pets. Reaper is her debut young adult novel.
What is one book everyone should read?
Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas – I can honestly say that this is one of the books that changed my life.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Super speed so I can type faster. J
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Kurt Vonnegut. I’d love to thank him for inspiring me to write.
Night owl, or early bird?
I’m an early bird who used to be a night owl. These days I can’t sleep past 7a.m. and am usually up by 4am to work on my latest project.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You should read Reaper if you love going on emotional roller coasters.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
My agent, the fabulous Julia A. Weber, has my current project, a contemporary YA about a girl who sneaks onto a summer baseball team currently titled Extra Innings. I just started revisions on another contemporary YA novel entitled Pixilated about a city girl who moves to a small Iowa town and meets a quiet country boy with a deep, dark secret. And I recently finished outlining a new project (also contemp YA) right now. I’m a write-aholic. J
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
As a kid, I was always telling stories. I’d go out to the pasture and share them with the cows and horses. Seriously. They’d usually look up at me and go back to chewing their hay. That’s life on a farm for you. When I was in 8th grade, my English teacher Mr. Wirsig encouraged me to share a story with the high school creative writing class, which he also taught. He continued to encourage me throughout high school. One of the best teachers I ever had.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Having people tell me that they knew I could do it. That’s been amazing. I never realized how much support I had.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Basically anywhere in England. I think I’d fit in quite well over there. London is my number one vacation destination.
What is your favorite Quote?
Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words. ~ Dorothy Parker
Or any other Dorothy Parker quote. I love her.
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
There are SOOOO many amazing books coming out. My Goodreads to-read list is getting out of control, in a good way. J
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
The Collector by Victoria Scott
Senshi by Cole Gibsen
And I can’t wait for The Mortal Instruments movie!
Baseball. I love, love, love baseball. I’ve been a St. Louis Cardinals fan all my life. If I ever hit the lottery, I’d hit every major league baseball park in one summer. That would be AWESOME.
Facebook or Twitter?
Twitter for certain. I love chatting with people and Twitter makes that so easy. You’ll find me there a lot talking about my favorite Bs: books and baseball.
Text or Talk?
Text. I hate talking on the phone. I think I sound like a chipmunk. Maybe I should contact the producers of the Alvin & the Chipmunks movies. I could be Betty, the long lost cousin.
Favorite quote from a movie?
Ray: Where do these stairs go?
Pete: They go up.
Ghostbusters – One of my favorite movies.
There’s no way sixteen year old Quincy Amarante will become the fifth grim reaper. None. Not over her shiny blue Mustang. Her Jimmy Choos. Or her dead body.
She’s supposed to enjoy her sophomore year, not learn about some freaky future Destiny says she has no choice but to fulfill.
It doesn’t take long for Quincy to realize the only way out of the game is to play along especially since Death can find her anyway, anywhere, anytime. And does.
Like when she’s reassuring her friends she wants nothing to do with former best friend Ben Moorland, who’s returned from god-knows-where, and fails. Miserably.
Instead of maintaining her coveted popularity status, Quincy’s goes down like the Titanic.
Maybe … just maybe … that’s okay.
It seems, perhaps, becoming a grim reaper isn’t just about the dead but more about a much needed shift in Quincy’s priorities—from who she thinks she wants to be to who she really is.
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