Friday, July 17, 2009

Tamela Hancock Murray, author of Love Finds You In Maiden North Carolina

By Molly Noble Bull
www.mollynoblebull.com

Molly:
Today I am interviewing Tamela Hancock Murray—a fellow author and friend and a literary agent. In fact, she is my literary agent. Tamela, tell us about all your published novels as well as your upcoming novels and please include your web address.

Tamela:
Thank you, Molly. I am very appreciative of the chance to be here with you today, and am honored to represent you!
As for my novels, I love to write romance. One of my latest books is LOVE FINDS YOU IN MAIDEN, NORTH CAROLINA, released by Summerside Press. Set in the 1920s, this is the story of a maiden with a secret. I love the fact that this story has a happy ending for everyone. To research, my family and I visited Maiden. We enjoyed our time in such a lovely town.
I am also excited about my current release from Heartsong Presents, THE MASTER’S MATCH. This rags-to-riches historical was a lot of fun to write. I enjoyed watching my heroine grow from a little match girl into a fine lady.
I have many other releases, including a few Bible trivia books. Find out more about them at www.tamelahancockmurray.com.

Molly:
Great. Now tell us who Tamela Hancock Murray is when she isn’t writing and promoting books. What are your hobbies? Likes? Dislikes? And tells us as much about your family as you feel comfortable telling.

Tamela:
As you can imagine, I’m an avid reader. I often read books I know I’ll disagree with just to challenge myself. However, I enjoy uplifting fiction.
I love coffee, but for some reason I can’t eat – or even smell – beets. If you love beets, please don’t write us letters of protest! (laughing)
As for family life, I am blessed that my husband doesn’t need to travel much for his job so we enjoy our evenings together. We try to hit the gym a couple of times a week, although I don’t work out as hard as I should! We still have a teenager at home. She’s a lot of fun. Our eldest daughter just graduated cum laude from my alma mater in Virginia, Lynchburg College, and she plans to go to South Korea to teach.

Molly:
How do your religious beliefs affect your writing?

Tamela:
My religious beliefs permeate my writing because they affect my life. My faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ, is so much a part of me that my worldview is evident in my prose even when I’m not writing about my faith.

Molly:
Will your future books be historical novels? If not, what other kinds of books can we expect from you?

Tamela:
My next story, Courage of the Heart, takes place during the War Between the States. It will appear in a collection titled A BLUE AND GRAY CHRISTMAS from Barbour Publishing.

Molly:
Thanks for sharing with us this month, Tamela. Come back soon. To find Tamela’s books at online bookstores, write Tamela Hancock Murray in the search slot.

6 comments:

Molly Noble Bull said...

Hi,
I messed up. I send the wrong version of Tamela's interview, the one with my questions and no answers. Thanks for telling me.
Love,
Molly

Eileen Astels Watson said...

It was great getting to know Tamela a little better. I love beets, but won't hold Tamela's adversity to them against her.

Have you tried pickled baby ones? :) Just kidding.

Eric said...

Nice interview. I'm not against or for beets, so no worries there :)

Shigune Matsui said...

Good interview! Also, I have also gotten an up and down on publication. The road to publication is not a pretty one it seems....

Angela Breidenbach said...

How exciting to read this interview with Tamela. I had no idea about her new book and she's my agent! I am so emailing her. See? She keeps her focus on her client.

Looking forward to reading her new works,
Angie

Molly Noble Bull said...

Thanks, everybody for reading my article. Tamela is a super person and seldom tells anybody that she is a wonderful author as well as a book agent.
I hope you will all go out and buy her books. Just write Tamela Hancock Murrary in the search slot. And if you would like to see this article again, visit www.southtexasliving.com the first of August and scroll down until you see Books That Inspire. That's my monthly column in the online monthly magzine.
Love,
Molly
www.mollynoblebull.com