Margaret C. Murray

Author of Dreamers and Sundagger.net

  • "Bring in the ones who are waiting."—Sundagger.net
  • What mother does not fear for her child?

    Willow was daydreaming, admiring her baby when the Elders came again, the staggering men stomping and dropping snow and ice on the floor. She jumped up but not soon enough, for Thin Nose had already grabbed the infant out of her arms.

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    Between the covers of Spiral

    “It was the most special of days, the fall equinox, a time of equal day and night in the canyon, the center of the world, and above the canyon too on the flat mesa tops with their sinkholes, badlands, scarce pinyon and twisted juniper.
    Willow waited by Chaco Wash in her best deerskin skirt, biting her lip. She stood very still, small for her age. . .” From Spiral by Margaret C. Murray: Chapter 1, Center of the World

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    Live Streaming Talk — Writing Spiral

    Live Steaming Video of Margaret C. Murray talking about her new novel, Spiral, with her son. For a limited time, when you order Spiral, you will receive a free ebook of Sundagger.net, the sequel to Spiral. “In her Sundagger.net, Margaret Murray gives us a mystery novel in a new dimension, moving us from Post 9/11 Silicon Valley to the Ancient Anasazi of the Southwest.” — Tony Hillerman, famed Southwest mystery writer

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    The Spirit of a Novel

    How to begin writing a novel? How to keep on writing? I begin a book starting with the earth and write from the ground up. My upcoming novel, Spiral, begins with young Willow looking out over dry Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, for her lover. The ancient Anasazi of the Four Corners area knew the connection between Earth, Sky, Spirit and Story too. They designed their Great Houses and created rock drawings to align with the equinoxes and solstices. The heavens still illuminate the spirit of what they left behind long ago.

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    Mom & Son Interview—music, writing and working together

    Recently my eldest son and music artist Chris Goslow and I talked about putting together a special gift bundle that is truly “all in the family.” We decided to offer a book/album package at a big savings for a limited time. Now you can purchase and enjoy my books, Sundagger.net and Dreamers, along with Chris’ albums, Waterfall and I Love You . In the short […]

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    From my backyard

    Visiting Chaco Canyon, New Mexico for the first time, I “saw” the story when I stopped before a nondescript ruin of a small house with an ancient, sad face that called out to me, speaking of sweet dreams and great disappointment.

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    Road Trip to the War Gods

    Even from so far away on the Colorado road, I feel repelled at my first sight of Chimney Rock National Monument. I shiver thinking how it matches the dark mood of Spiral, my novel-in-progress and a prequel to Sundagger.net. Why am I here? I had to see for myself this most ominous, isolated outlier of the Pre-Puebloan Chaco Culture where the climax of Spiral erupts. But just seeing the peaks . . .

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    Dear Diary #7—An Open Door

    I can’t decide which route I should take—North or South. I’ve been frightened of and yet determined to take this trip since I first started writing Spiral, the prequel to Sundagger.net, and discovered so much fascinating research. I’d gone to Chaco Canyon, New Mexico twice but never to Chimney Rock, CO the furthest settlement of the Anasazi culture. Will I too see the bludgeoned skulls of the ancestors inside the ancient ruins?

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    The Poet & The Baby

    The story I’m working on is called “The Icebox”. As quickly as I write, I cross out–whole lines. The last paragraph reads: “Ice. Myself. The doubt image of constancy and playfulness twists my face in a pose of betrayal. I will come through. I must. The jealousy melts on the other side of the trick door, my coffin, my cage.”

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    Teaming up with my son: Books & Music Bundle

    Recently my eldest son and music artist Chris Goslow and I talked about putting together a special gift bundle that is truly “all in the family.” We decided to offer a book/album package at a big savings. For a limited time,  you can purchase and enjoy my books, Sundagger.net and Dreamers, along with Chris’ albums, Waterfall and I Love You . Click HERE to see more about […]

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