The Next Big Thing Blog Tour

So I’m playing the Next Big Thing blog tour, kind of like a chain letter for author interviews. I was tagged by Matt Forbeck, author of Carpathia, Dangerous Games, and a bunch of other books.

I am sad I don’t have a book cover finalized yet, but here’s my interview!

What is your working title of your book?
The Shambling Guide to New York City

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was contributing to a charity gaming anthology to benefit the Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina victims and decided to write about a zombie tour guide who ran tours for other zombies. In the years that followed, I decided it would be fun to write about a tour guide company that makes travel guides by monsters, for monsters.

Only after I was done did I realize how much I’d been influenced by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, one of my favorite books as a teen.

What genre does your book fall under?
Urban Fantasy

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I’m so bad at this game, mainly because I don’t see a lot of films and don’t know who the stars are beyond the BIG STARS. Although I do have to say that with some aging makeup, Michelle Yeoh would make an awesome Granny Good Mae. Miley Cyrus is impish enough to pull off Morgen the water sprite. Cillian Murphy is enough of a chameleon to be John the incubus. John Hodgman would be perfect as Phil the vampire publisher. As for the main characters, Zoe and Arthur? I have no idea…

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A human gets a job with a travel book publisher – only the books are by monsters, for monsters, in a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy meets Neverwhere urban fantasy adventure.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The book is under contract and coming out from Orbit in May.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Oh gosh. I have no idea. 2-3 years maybe, in a case of “write a little, do another project, write a little more.”

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I think (hope!) it has the fish-out-of-water feeling of Dresden Files and the Kitty books.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I’ll quote two blurbs:

“…I wouldn’t want to visit Lafferty’s NYC hotspots — especially the restaurants.” — Scott Sigler


“…I want to live in Mur’s New York.” –Cory Doctorow

Make of that what you will. 😉

I tagged other authors so here’s who you can follow next week!

Jared Axelrod, author of The Battle of Blood and Ink: A Fable of Flying City.

Post holiday catchup

What’s that word when you have been away for a while and you drive 12 hours – broken up by a 1.5 hour funeral along the way home – and you get home and have a migraine and take a pill and wake up completely brain dead and unable to get to work because brain not work good?

Right. The word is AUGH.

I’m home from Thanksgiving in Buffalo and pretty useless. Still in my robe and need to go get the dogs from the kennel soon. So I’m going to keep this short. The biggest thing is people are letting me know that the service I’m using for direct purchase of Merry Christmas from the Heartbreakers (Look! Sidebar! Buy it! Yay! Cyber Monday! Booyah!) is not delivering immediately in some cases. If this happens to you, PLEASE email me (mightymur at gmail). I’ll already have proof of your receipt in my inbox, so if you mail me directly I’ll shoot the files over to you.

[EDIT- As of 12/2/12 I have removed all links to the offending site that didn’t deliver. Remember if you bought from me and didn’t get your files, EMAIL ME.]

Secondly, I got an awesome thing in the mail when I got home from the trip.

The ARC for The Shambling Guide to New York City is here!

Merry Christmas from the Heartbreakers and Other Stories

My collection!

I have finally gathered my dozen Christmas short stories into a collection, and have published them via ebook! Fans of Escape Pod’s holiday stories, of which i’ve been part for years, will hopefully appreciate this collect, as it comes with seven I’ve published through them, and five that have only been read by people who donated to the EP fundraiser last holiday season. You can find

  • Merry Christmas from the Heartbreakers (obviously!)
  • Santa in My Pocket
  • Zuzu’s Bell
  • 750,000 of Your Friends Like This
  • Citytalkers
  • As Solitary as an Oyster
  • MESSAGE REDACTED (which is based on Jonathan Coulton’s song “Chiron Beta Prime“)

and several others. If you want to ask “Is XXX in there?” It probably is, as I’ve left nothing out.

You can buy directly from me, epub and mobi for the cost of a caloric bomb of a Gingerbread Latte from Starbucks ($3.99).

(Note, I am no longer using the site I was using before. This is paypal –> download page. No waiting!)

You can also buy from the Kindle store.

I’m a big fan of Christmas and loved writing these, and hope you love reading them!

(Thanks to my buddy Matt Wallace for the intro to UploadNSell, which will take the money, distribute the files, and not charge a dime. Matt has used it for his awesome book launch, The Failed Cities (definitive edition), which everyone should buy right after they shop here.)