Today we’re chatting with Lizzy Murphy, author of suspense novel Keep Her Safe. Follow her content below, and be sure to download your copy of Keep Her Safe on February 14, 2020!
Q: What do you want readers to know about your novel, Keep Her Safe (2/14/20)?
Lizzy: I want them to know that, this man, James Marshall, is trying to figure out why his wife was killed at their workplace. And why their boss, Jacob Miller, is testing people for a specific gene type and killing them if they don’t have it. (And why none of it is showing up on the news)
Q: What do you want readers to know about you?
Lizzy: Oh man… well, the first book that got me into reading was “Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock.” I’ve played drums since I was eight, and I’ve been an avid video game nerd since I was eight as well. I’ve been a Christian my whole life, and I was three months too early when I was born. (I weighed 1 pound, 10 ounces)
Q: Why do you write? What motivates you to get your fingers on the keyboard?
Lizzy: Honestly, I just love creating stories. I love making my characters go through heck and then seeing them get out of it.
Q: How long have you been writing?
Lizzy: I’ve been writing, just in general, since about 2011, 2012. I wrote, and still do, reviews of movies, tv shows, games and books. But fiction, since about 2014. When I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time.
Q: Are there any books in particular that inspire your writing?
Lizzy: I mean, no. Not really. Maybe to a degree. I love reading suspense, so I guess that makes me want to write something of my own. Lol.
Q: Do you prefer self-publishing or traditional publishing? Why?
Lizzy: I actually pursued traditional for about a year, little over a year. But then found that self was a better fit for me. So, yes, I prefer self.
Q: In what genre(s) do you typically write? Do you like to branch out and try new genres?
Lizzy: I typically write suspense. (Though, I am thinking about trying my hand at western romance.)
Q: Are you currently working on anything new?
Lizzy: I have a lot of books that are just ideas, and others that are partially written. Great things are coming.
Q: Imagine it’s a typical Sunday afternoon for you. What are you doing?
Lizzy: I am either playing video games, reading, or watching YouTube videos.
Q: Describe your writing routine.
Lizzy: I read a page of two back form the page I’m currently on, so I make sure I know where I am and where I want the story to go. I make sure I have a drink, and music playing.
Q: What are your other interests outside of writing?
Lizzy: Like I said, I play video games, I play drums, and I read books.
Q: Does your faith play a part in your writing life? Why or why not?
Lizzy: Ummm… well, it does, in a way. When I first wrote KHS, and I made my characters Christians, it wasn’t a decision I made. I just did it, because that’s who I was/am.
Q: If you could use one word to describe your writing life, what would it be?
Q: What was the inspiration behind Keep Her Safe?
Lizzy: KHS was originally supposed to be a video game, then it got turned into a book. The game was supposed to be high-paced and action-packed, and then that just transferred into the book.
Q: Are there any books that you would compare to Keep Her Safe?
Lizzy: Hmm… Just the action and suspense part of it, “Lethal Action” by Rachel Dylan.
Q: Do you have plans for future books?
Lizzy: Oh, I have a ton of plans…
Q: What are themes and morals you like to explore in your writing?
Lizzy: Well, I guess it could be considered a “theme” because it’s in all of my books. But, one thing that I try to have shown plainly, is that a man should never strike a woman. And another “theme” is that everyone in my books are Christians.
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Lizzy: I know you don’t know what you want to do with your life just yet. Just hold on. Because it’s going to be so much fun.
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to new writers, what would it be?
Lizzy: The first draft will stink. And the second draft. Just keep pushing forward, keep writing, keep editing, and one day, everything will look amazing.
Q: Any final thoughts?
Lizzy: Just to say thank you, Samantha, for having me on here!
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