-- by Luke Murphy
The book Fifty Shades of Grey got me thinking.
This is the latest phenomenon. It seems that this series of novels has taken the world by storm and it’s all people can talk about.
The great thing about E.L. James’ books is that there is no set market. I’ve spoken with middle age mothers, men, and senior citizens who have all read the books and enjoyed them immensely.
I totally understand the attraction. Sex sells. People are naturally curious over this content, want to be a part of the worldwide craze and can be lured in.
Ms. James has become an overnight sensation and is an inspiration to authors all over the world. She took her books from Fan Fiction, to Print-on-Demand, to an ultimate success, selling over 30 million copies and topping the bestsellers charts—a true example of Viral Marketing. Aspiring writers can look up to her and realize that anything is possible.
People have asked me if my novel is like these books and although I have not personally read the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY books, I have read a lot of the reviews and I have spoken to a lot of people who have.
I can honestly say, “No”, DEAD MAN’S HAND is nothing like FIFTY SHADES OF GREY.
The content of these books has been very controversial to say the least.
But I am curious to know: What would the response be to FIFTY SHADES OF GREY had it been written by a young, single man?
Would it be just as accepted, or would a man be seen as a sick pervert -- someone who gets his jollies by writing porn?
Do you feel more comfortable reading these books because you know that they were written by a middle-aged mother of two teenage boys? So this is okay to be considered “Mommy Porn” and joked about?
I’m just wondering. Any thoughts?
Luke Murphy was born in Shawville, a small rural community in Western Quebec.
He played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006.
His road to novelist began in the winter of 2000, after sustaining a season ending eye injury. He continued to hobby write through the years, honing his craft, making time between work and family obligations.
He constantly read, from novels in his favorite genres to books written by experts in the writing field. He made friends (published and unpublished authors), learning what it took to become successful.
Feeling that he was finally prepared, in the winter of 2007, Murphy started to write Dead Man’s Hand. It took him two years to complete the first draft of his novel.
He hired Ms. Jennifer Lyons, of the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, and in 2012, signed his first publishing contract with Imajin Books.
Murphy lives in Shawville with his wife, two daughters and a pug. He is a teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, and a Bachelor of Education (Magna Cum Laude).