We could all learn from Jim Harrison The man was a legend in the "grit lit" subgenre.

“The world that used to nurse us now keeps shouting inane instructions. That’s why I ran to the woods.” — Jim Harrison Several years ago, on a mission to connect with more literature set in my home state of Michigan, I came across a Jim Harrison book. I picked it up at the bookstore, flipped through the pages, did a quick Google search on my … Continue reading We could all learn from Jim Harrison The man was a legend in the “grit lit” subgenre.

They said it, not me: Best quotes from writers Because when the greatest authors speak, we should listen.

When talented people share their thoughts on a subject, others should listen. It’s no different in the writing world. For me, while I enjoy a good laugh, the words that resonate are often words of encouragement or motivation from writers I admire. Continue reading They said it, not me: Best quotes from writers Because when the greatest authors speak, we should listen.

From page to screen: Philipp Meyer’s “The Son” The new AMC show was also written by the author.

Remember that book I proclaimed should be considered a Great American Novel? Philipp Meyer’s The Son? Well, it is now a TV show — premiering this Saturday night on AMC. When it was first announced that they were making the book into a TV show, I was a little hesitant. Firstly, everyone knows the book is always better than its screen adaptation. Add to that … Continue reading From page to screen: Philipp Meyer’s “The Son” The new AMC show was also written by the author.

The quest to write the Great American Novel Is the notion of the "Great American Novel" outdated?

The elusive Great American Novel. You’ve heard the term. What does it mean to you? A masterful book by an American author? A story that tells a relatable tale to any American? A novel that holds a mirror up to current American culture with precision? A few months ago I read an article in the New York Times called “Why There’s No ‘Millennial’ Novel.” The … Continue reading The quest to write the Great American Novel Is the notion of the “Great American Novel” outdated?

Do big words yield big emotions? Faulkner thought so. Hemingway, not so much.

This, I should tell you now, isn’t about comparing the novels of great American writers. See, even the biggest personalities in the world sometimes find themselves in the middle of a feud. Alexander Hamilton vs. Aaron Burr. Biggie vs. Tupac. Hatfields vs. McCoys. Hemingway vs. Faulkner? Rarely do literary names get tossed around when speaking of such rivalries, but in the 1950’s arguably the two biggest names in … Continue reading Do big words yield big emotions? Faulkner thought so. Hemingway, not so much.

NOW AVAILABLE: In a Northern Town

Ed A. Murray’s original collection of short stories, all of which are centered around the rugged yet beautiful landscape of northern Michigan, is now available in paperback and on Kindle. Pick up your copy of IN A NORTHERN TOWN today on Kindle or in paperback! “From the author of Between Two Slopes and Somewhere More Than Free comes a collection of short stories that spans the stunning and vast landscape … Continue reading NOW AVAILABLE: In a Northern Town

Hemingway’s Michigan: Where he was first inspired

In Cuba, they called him Papa. You’d find him fishing for marlins or drinking whiskey or daiquiris in a local watering hole. He’d do the same in Key West. In East Africa, you’d find him big game hunting, the concluding photograph captured with the legend kneeling above a lion or antelope. In France, he’d be writing in a small upstairs room, or sipping coffee and walking along the … Continue reading Hemingway’s Michigan: Where he was first inspired

Free excerpts from In a Northern Town

From today until Tuesday (2/28) when In a Northern Town releases, two stories are available for FREE DOWNLOAD at the Amazon Kindle store. The first story, Whiskey Stains the Paper, tells the tale of Maria, a teenage girl who is forced to confront her mysterious father during a tumultuous two-week stay at his home in northern Michigan. The second story, Merely an Illusion, tells the tale of a … Continue reading Free excerpts from In a Northern Town

A place for readers, from a writer

This may be coming two posts late, but this space will now be dedicated to my new blog. Moving forward, this blog will be home to information about my books, short stories that I’ve written, thoughts about writing and the industry, and general musings on life. Read along to escape the politics and overall craziness in this world. Only true thoughts and celebration reside here. The … Continue reading A place for readers, from a writer

The first two books like you’ve never seen them before

Introducing the brand new redesigned covers for the Amazon bestselling young adult book SOMEWHERE MORE THAN FREE and BETWEEN TWO SLOPES. Also, these two books are now available for the first time ever on Kindle! SOMEWHERE MORE THAN FREE “Travel from the untouched forests of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the mysterious mountains of eastern Tennessee in this pair of stirring novellas. TO THE LAND OF … Continue reading The first two books like you’ve never seen them before