Thursday, 28 May 2015

Pixelated: Interview with L.S. Murphy

Hello, and welcome to a cool author interview. Today we're chatting with L.S. Murphy about her new book PIXELATED. Come check out this awesome sounding book!

Hi and welcome to We Do Write. Tell us a bit about yourself.  
I’m L.S. Murphy, a former farm girl turned city slicker turned suburbanite. I write sweet romances for teens and adults. Sometimes I dip my toes into paranormal and even horror stories. I like to keep people guessing.
Tell our readers a bit about PIXELATED.
PIXELATED is the story of city girl Piper Marks and her move to the middle of nowhere, also known as Iowa. The move puts a serious crimp in her plans. Especially since the high school doesn’t have a school newspaper. When the local paper’s photographer quits, Piper gets the chance to work on her craft and it puts her in the direct path of football Les Williams IV.
How did the idea of the story come to you?
When I was in high school, my creative writing teacher used to take us around town on inspirational walks. I grew up in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kinda place, much like the place Piper ends up. Anyway, the class was on our way back to the school when Mr. Wirsig stopped us dramatically and flailed his arms at somethingin front of him, shouting “If that’s not inspiration, I don’t know what is.” Well, his idea of inspiration was a ros of tractors lined up in the parking lot of the school. I thought he was full of it and wrote a terrible poem (which I STILL remember). But he was write. That image stayed with me and actually opens up Chapter 2 of the novel.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Total plotter. If not, I go off on tangents and have major rewriting to do. Plotting it out helps keep me on the path, but that’s not to say it doesn’t change. I just need the direction. The characters tell me if the story isn’t working.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Honestly, it’s all about time. I work fulltime, have a daughter and family. Sometimes there’s just not enough hours in the day. Even as I type this, my to do list has grown another foot.
What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
My headphones. Sometimes my oldest cat if he’s feeling supportive. If it’s summer, I have to have the TV on with a baseball game playing, preferably a St. Louis Cardinals game.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
I’d like to fly so I could see my parents more often.
What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
Wow, that’s hard because I’ve googled a LOT of strange things. Some of which would totally freak people out, so… yeah, not answering that one. ;)
Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...
Hanging with the Bean (aka my daughter).
Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
First and foremost, to my parenst for their support. To my husband for being the rock. To Bean for being Bean. To Julia A. Weber, uber agent. To E.M. Caines for keeping me off the ledge.
And especially to Greg Wirsig for being right. That scene was an inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by the blog!
Thanks a million for having me!

About Pixelated: 

Senior Year. 
Middle of nowhere. 
What's the new girl to do?

For Piper Marks, the answer is simple. She’s determined to have her photography rock the cover of National Geographic someday, and moving to Clarkton, Iowa for her last year of high school is not going to stop her. Even if her usual subjects have changed from bright lights and skyscrapers to fields, cows…and more fields. 

But when photographer at the local paper quits in a huff, she steps into his spot. Her new job keeps Piper busy capturing tackles, and zooming in on first downs and end zone dances, not to mention putting her directly in the path of varsity football star Les Williams IV. Her new friends warn her off, but she can’t resist the pull she feels toward this mysterious country boy. But this small town is keeping a secret, and it’s one that could destroy any chance they have to be together. 

It’s up to Piper to decide what to do with the distorted truth. Can she risk exposing her heart? It might be worth it, 'cause Les is about to change her world from black and white to fully saturated color. 

Praise for Pixelated:

"In Pixelated, L.S. Murphy weaves a complex web of secrets and lies with a ‘will they or won’t they’ romance that kept me turning pages and holding my breath!" ~ Julie Reece, author of The Artisans and Crux

"Beautifully written, with a full spectrum of emotion and complex characters, Pixelated will tug at all your heartstrings. I easily lost myself in the world L.S. Murphy created and couldn't stop reading because I needed to see how the story ended." ~ Kelly Oram, author of Cinder & Ella

"L.S. Murphy brings something for every reader with Pixelated: romance, secrets, mystery, and a main character torn between two choices. Murphy's writing is sharp and steeped in emotions, deftly hooking her readers from the first sentence to the last." ~ Sarah Bromley, author of A Murder Of Magpies 

Bio: L.S. Murphy obsesses about St. Louis Cardinals baseball, fangirls over her favorite authors, and watches every episode of Doctor Who like it's the first time. When she's not doing those time-consuming things, the former farm-girl turned city slicker turned suburbanite writes sweet romances for teens and adults

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1 comment:

Stephsco said...

Great interview! Can't wait to read the book.