L. Nicole Murray is a creative writer by passion, training, and profession. She is a Columbia College graduate with a degree in Fiction Writing and Marketing. Nicole’s dual Gemini personality helps her pursue creative writing as a personal profession. Nicole explores the creative landscape of the mind to craft fiction out of real emotion. She currently writes short stories, novels, poems, and screen plays. Autumn’s Child is her first novel.
Q & A with Nicole Murray
How did you become a writer?
I have always enjoyed storytelling. I talk a mile a minute and I am inspired by everything and every experience. I officially decided to major in creative writing my sophomore year of college and that is when I fully began to delve into the craft.
How did you come up with your title?
Autumn’s Child is derived from a thought that Layla’s life began to change quickly like the colors of the trees in Autumn. She was birthed from a season.
Where is the setting for Autumn’s Child? Is it a place you are familiar with?
Writing it I envisioned my grandparent’s old house and their neighbor. I am very familiar with the west side of Chicago, I grew up there.
They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
Yes, judge me please. Create Space designed the cover I just provided the art direction. I was moved by the final version. It is simple but you get a since of discovery and pain by the lone leaf in the breeze with sprinkles of rain.
Why did you feel you had to write this book?
I didn’t have to write this book, I am simply a storyteller and this was the story that came out. When I began writing it was actually a short story but I became so connected with Layla that I needed to know what happened to her and why. With that yearning I continued to write and from there the story and message just came out.
What are you hoping readers take from your book?
That life will take you on various different directions and paths as you live. You can choose to deal with the cards you were dealt and take the lessons and grow from it or you can use your cards as an excuse for what you insecurely feel you can’t do. Either way your destiny is all your own. Circumstance is merely a condition that you can choose to dwell in or overcome, the choice is yours.
Which one of the characters was the hardest to write?
Shay, she was her support system and best friend but a polar opposite to Layla.
Which chapter was your favorite to write and why?
The last chapter. I rewrote it a few times and completely change the direction. It’s always interesting to end a story. The end is the end, you can’t write any more, so to conclude the book in the manner in which it ends was a decision that I had to commit to when writing. I also introduced a few new characters in the last few chapters and I had to ensure that the reader truly got to know these characters well in a short period of time.
What has been your biggest achievement as an author?
Publishing Autumn’s Child. The first novel is always the biggest achievement.
What had been your biggest challenge as an author?
My biggest challenge is being a self-published author and taking on the role of writer, publisher, advertiser, copywriter etc., and still staying focused enough to make time to let the creative juices flow.
Are you an avid or occasional reader?
If so, what is your favorite genre of books? I am an avid reader. I love all types of fiction novels.
If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why?
Louise Erdrich, in Love Medicine she has a great way of intertwining poetry into the story to truly paint a picture. I would love to understand her writing process and how she came to marry storytelling and poetry so seamlessly.
What new projects are you working on?
I am working on another novel about a young lady that is on a quest to craft the perfect genealogy by any means necessary. I am also writing and focusing on film, TV projects with my creative partner and currently writing the screen play for Autumn’s Child.
Where can readers find you and where can they purchase the book?
Facebook, twitter and Instagram, lnmcreative and Nicole Murray. Autumn’s Child can be found at http://www.lnmcreative.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and kindle.
About The Book
“I am hurting. Fractured in places stitches can’t heal.” Autumn’s Child tells the desperate story of Layla, as a young and naive twelve year-old girl. Over ten critical years, her life quickly changes like the colors of the trees in autumn. The accidental death of her parents forces her to abandon her religious, middle-class lifestyle. She moves to the inner city of Chicago with her grandmother and aunt, her only living relatives. Layla tries to approach her new life with optimism, but the perfections of her past life haunt her tormented journey. After coming to grips with the reality over the years that her only aunt despises her, Layla soon discovers that she may secretly hold the keys to helping her aunt’s diminishing health in her hands. Layla’s faith and sanity are continuously tested as she matures throughout each season of her life. She stumbles through her new found reality while learning how to play the distinct set of cards she’s been dealt. Layla’s neighbor and best friend, Shay, helps guide her from adolescence into adulthood. Autumn’s Child chronicles a life on the opposite side of the coin; where friendships grow out of tragedy, and the pressure of a marginalized life weighs heavily on pure souls. Layla must make many compromising decisions, all while perpetually asking the reader, What would you do?