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A blog by ERMurray

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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com

You can follow Elizabeth online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

ER Murray’s #1stdraftdiary Week 3 (28K to 36.5K)

Posted by ERMurray on 7 July 2016.

One of the most amazing things, and something I didn’t expect, is the amount of people joining in with #1stdraftdiary. Although I’ve been finding my own journey this time around to be disjointed and frustrating, I’m loving the response it’s getting from others. From people thanking me for being honest about the process and making them feel better, to lots of writers joining in to kick start their own work or understand their own process,...

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ER Murray’s #1stDraftDiary week 2 (14K-28K words)

Posted by ERMurray on 24 June 2016.

The first draft continues… Usually I try and write more than 2000 words a day so I can take a day off here and there, but that is stretching my limits at the moment. This first draft is proving harder than the others I’ve done, and I think it’s because it’s been so full on since signing contracts. It’s my fourth book written or edited within 18 months & the last of the constant deadlines –...

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#WritersWise June 23rd – You’re invited!

Posted by ERMurray on 22 June 2016.

Following in the footsteps of Vanessa O’Loughlin (was it as Sam Blake, or Inkwell or writing.ie that she guest hosted? So many talents that woman, so many hats!!) I’m joining the fabulous #WritersWise team on twitter this week to talk all things books! The topics & info is listed below, and it starts at 8pm UK/Ire, 3pm ET on Thursday June 23rd – come and join us?  #WritersWise is a regular tweetchat aimed at writers, aspiring writers and...

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ERMurray’s #1stDraftDiary week 1 (0-14,000)

Posted by ERMurray on 12 June 2016.

This is an easier week than usual, because I’ve taken a week’s leave from freelancing. I have a chest infection that’s slowing me down a little, and it’s just two weeks since I delivered the proofs of The Book of Shadows – Nine Lives Trilogy 2. Also, I’m just back from Listowel Writers’ Week, as well as my Caramel Hearts launch in Dublin, so my energy is low – but time doesn’t stand still and...

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Welcome to #1stDraftDiary – an Experiment by ER Murray

Posted by ERMurray on 10 June 2016.

People regularly ask me how I write a first draft in a month, and I mumble my way through a barely comprehensible answer but in truth, I don’t really know. I just do it. And so, this inability to answer what should be an easy enough question has inspired a new social media project –#1stdraftdiary  – that I hope you’ll find interesting. You see, when I write, and I get to the end, I forget...

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Cover Reveal: The Book of Shadows – Nine Lives Trilogy II

Posted by ERMurray on 3 June 2016.

Just two days after the launch of Caramel Hearts and here it is… the cover of The Book of Shadows – Nine Lives Trilogy II, out September 2016! The proofs are out in the world so it’s time to share… What do you think?  

Caramel Hearts Video Reveal

Posted by ERMurray on 16 May 2016.

With Caramel Hearts hitting the shelves this week (May 19th), I thought I’d give you a taster of what you can expect. Full credits go to Jason Lee for all the video & filming skills – I hope you like it!  

Irish Times Africa Day Writing Competition

Posted by ERMurray on 12 May 2016.

Here’s a great competition opportunity for writers young and not so young, experienced and new… Irish Times Africa Day Writing Competition Run in conjunction with The Irish Times, the African-themed short story / poetry competition has three categories – adult, secondary school and primary school. It’s aimed at both experienced and aspiring writers. The winning entries will be published on The Irish Times website on Sunday, 29th May – to coincide with this year’s flagship...

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Waterford Writers Weekend!

Posted by ERMurray on 3 May 2016.

Writing festival season is here! And if you haven’t seen it yet, this year’s Waterford Writers Weekend programme from May 5th to 8th is outstanding, with something for everyone! There’s a full list of events, with workshops, readings and panels for all ages and interests. Topics include poetry for adults and children, killer crime fiction, haunted Ireland, the art of the short story, getting published and more … There are also open mic opportunities for writers at...

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Some Photos from The Book of Learning house!

Posted by ERMurray on 26 March 2016.

Imagine walking into a Georgian building & seeing your book come to life! Actors, artists, readers, writers – and real rats! Trust me, when I started hammering out the words for this book in my flat in Dublin five years ago, and when I was sitting alone in West Cork, rewriting and improving the text three years later, still no book deal in sight, I would never in my wildest dreams have expected this! So...

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