Margaret C. Murray

Author of Dreamers and Sundagger.net

  • "I was in love with trouble."—Dreamers
  • If you were at my writing salon . . .

    It was shortly after 7PM when the writers appeared. The living room was soon crowded with nine enthusiastic guests from Pinole, Walnut Creek, El Sobrante, Richmond and Point Richmond, CA. ( One more writer outside didn’t knock on my door alas, thinking he had the wrong time.)

    We began with a animated discussion of what a salon is and what it means to read our work aloud (it means everything). I shared a story I read in the biography of Nobel Prize novelist, John Steinbeck. In his early years as a writer, Steinbeck had a habit of greeting his friends by reading his latest writing aloud to them. Courageous!

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    So you’re curious about attending a Writing Salon

    At my writing salon, we began with a animated discussion of what a salon is and what it means to read our work aloud (it means everything). I shared a story I read in the biography of Nobel Prize novelist, John Steinbeck. In his early years as a writer, Steinbeck had a habit of greeting his friends by reading his latest writing aloud to them. Courageous!

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    Once upon a time, a thousand years ago

    Once upon a time, a thousand years ago, a boy discovers a trap door into a tower on a high, ominous mountain. The boy, a character in my newest novel Spiral, goes by the name of Little Hawk. Though his mother has forbidden it, Little Hawk has been longing to get to the top of the tower ever since his mother, his dog and he arrived at this strange, new place. Sliding through the trap door, he finds a ladder in the middle of the circular room leading to a hole in the roof high above. He spies skeletons without heads arranged in a circle, their feet facing the center, as if it were a fire pit and they only wanted to warm themselves.

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    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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