From Professional Hockey Player to Published Novelist

Author Luke Murphy talks about his journey to becoming a published author – and his book is currently free on Amazon.com until 20th February – see link below.  From a family of avid readers, even as a child, I always had a passion for books. Whether it was reading novels on road trips or writing assignments in school, literature was always part of my life. In the winter of 2000, after sustaining a season ending eye injury while playing professional hockey in Oklahoma City, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands, and a new hobby emerged. I didn’t write with the intention of being published. I wrote for the love of writing, as a hobby. I continued to hobby write through the years, honing my craft, making time between work and family obligations.

Only the Innocent enters US Kindle top 10!

I am absolutely delighted and proud to announce that Only the Innocent has today hit the number 9 position in the Kindle Store on the Amazon US site. Following its success in the UK last year, I had never expected to have a similar success in the US, but the book was relaunched just last week – 5th February – in Kindle, paperback and audio versions, and has risen steadily through the last six days to break into the top ten today. It is also #1 in British Detectives, #2 in Suspense and #2 in Thrillers. And for now, it’s still available at just $2.99! And for those who like a freebie, the Goodreads Giveaway is still active for another seven days! Thanks to all the followers of this blog who have been so supportive over the last twelve months. Only the Innocent is still available on Amazon UK and in

A Champagne Moment – indie author turns traditional?

Most of the regular readers of this blog will know me as an indie author – ie self published. I have spoken at length about my fantastic and exciting experiences over the last twelve months or so, and written about more or less everything that I have learned. Well, today is another landmark in the journey – because my first novel, Only the Innocent, is today being published in paperback and audio formats as well as the original Kindle format in the US and Canada. This is my first ever traditional publishing deal, and it is so very interesting to compare the experiences.