Margaret C. Murray

Author of Dreamers and Sundagger.net

  • "Bring in the ones who are waiting."—Sundagger.net
  • Mom & Son interview about writing, music and working together

    After 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. Now you can purchase and enjoy my books, Sundagger.net and Dreamers, along with Chris’ albums, Waterfall and I Love You at a big savings for a limited time.  In the short interview below, […]

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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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    Dear Diary #5—Dying for Approval

    Dear Diary,   It’s beyond imagining. You would never believe it. I just received an email from my favorite high school teacher praising my novel, Dreamers. Sister Mary ___ (Alas, she hasn’t yet given me permission to use her actual name) is a nun in the Sisters of Charity religious order. She was only twenty five or so […]

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    New & Dazzling

    It was the Fall of ’96 when met Shelley Buck, author of EAST, at a school parent meeting. We parents were trying to mobilize against a formidable school district and keep our small public school program called APPLE alive. Shelley and I started talking and haven’t stopped since. Mostly, we talked about books and writing. I invited Shelley to be part of my long-time writing group, “I have boxes and boxes of photographs from my trip to the Far East that I want to turn into a book,” she might have said early on at one of our meetings. And that’s how EAST began for me, Shelley Buck’s publisher.

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    Admiration/Envy

    Marriage is not exactly on my mind when I think of Provincetown, Massachusetts, the ultimate Rave party of artist colonies by the sea. I came in on the Greyhound Bus at nineteen, my first summer away from Pittsburgh, and got a job as a waitress at the local Howard Johnson’s. The second time I set my bags down in P-town was five years later when I became a writing fellow in the acclaimed Fine Arts Writers Workshop. There were seven of us, two women and five men, the most famous, a Pulitzer Prize poet, became US Poet Laureate. It was in P-town that I began writing the novel that ended up as Dreamers.

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