Tammy L. Murray was born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia and lived there until her family moved to the West Kootenay region when she was 12. She left home at 16 and spent many years learning tough lessons from the school of life, travelling from one coast of Canada to the other. Her favourite quote is from Winston Churchill: “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no lack of enthusiasm.”
In 1995 she settled down with her second husband Ron Murray and they built a life together with dogs. They made their living with a dog training school and breeding Dobermanns (until 2004) and Giant Schnauzers. In 2002 they relocated from Victoria, British Columbia to Fredericton, New Brunswick.
After 11 years of being in business together Tammy decided to go to university to pursue a degree in Journalism. They closed their business and Ron worked in construction to provide a steady income for the duration. In her fourth year Tammy made the unfortunate discovery that she didn’t want to be a reporter—she felt too old to compete. She wasn’t up for the demanding hours and frequent relocations a newbie in the field must endure, especially in a small market. Michael Harris, the renowned author and journalist, confirmed this with a succinct observation. (You’ll have to ask her what was said.)
In July 2012, after two brief stints at administrative work, Tammy found herself sorting used books. The work provided a great deal of motivation to revisit a story she’d started shortly after graduation in May 2010. In September 2012, with 10,000 words in, she picked up the thread of the story with no trouble. 14 months later she finished the first draft of Seeker’s Gift. After an additional three years and six drafts, she has finally completed all the revisions she feels are necessary and is ready to query her first agent in January 2017.
Tammy has far too many hobbies for the amount of hours in the day. She and Ron are home bodies who love to work on their land. They enjoy gardening together, hiking and snowshoeing, training their dogs in the sport of IPO (formerly known as Schutzhund) and occasionally raising a litter of puppies. When she’s indoors, Tammy is reading, writing, cooking, knitting, cross stitching and enjoys staying in tune with the world on Facebook and Twitter. Still a news junkie, Tammy can generally quote the current events going on around the world. What really makes her crazy is when people post inaccurate information on social media.
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