Paperback Writer is pleased to announce a visit today from Anita Hackley-Lambert, author of F.H.M. Murray, First Biography of a Forgotten Pioneer For Civil Justice.
Anita has envisioned a career in writing ever since the age of twelve, when she wrote her first unpublished book, NO WHERE TO RUN, a compelling story of sexual assaults she suffered beginning at age five. She was inspired to write the life story of F.H.M. Murray, because of a promise she made to her mother to acknowledge and honor Murray’s legacy. With publication of this book, the author hopes to spark the interest of historians, educators, scholars, educational institutions, black history collectors, genealogists, students, and family members of this outstanding historical figure. Her greatest desire is that each reader will come to know the essence of the man, F.H.M. Murray.
Anita currently has 3 new books slated for publication in 2008, plus 12 works-in-progress. Her future writing projects include such genres as autobiographical, biographical, inspirational, true ghost stories, suspense, and fiction. You can visit her website at www.anitahackleylambert.com.
F.H.M. MURRAY: FIRST BIOGRAPHY OF A FORGOTTEN PIONEER FOR CIVIL JUSTICE SYNOPSIS:
A large percentage of professional historians, researchers, authors, and many others have passed over this astounding pioneer and visionary. Anita Hackley-Lambert delivers on this tribute to F.H.M. Murray, a forgotten civil rights activist and successful businessman.
She was recently credited as an “accomplished author and biographer.” Hackley-Lambert spent twelve years of intensive research into the life of Freeman Henry Morris Murray to uncover his fascinating life’s story and legacy. She introduces Murray to the world for the first time. F.H.M. Murray’s biography is a compelling story that traces his lineage back to 1235 A.D., follows his life’s journey, and reveals his numerous historical accomplishments.
Hi Anita, Welcome to Paperback Writer.
Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?
Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?
Actually, there was not light bulb moment. The idea came from my mother who had me to promise to write the legacy of her grandfather and my great grandfather, Freeman Henry Morris Murray. After she gave me a large box containing documents and photos, I was hooked.
How did you come up with the title?
The title, F.H.M. Murray: First Biography of a Forgotten Pioneer for Civil Justice is a long one and I thought to shorten it. I could not because everything in the title needed to be expressed upfront when it came off the press. I wanted this giant of a man to have the lead into his story spelled out in the title. I did not want people to wonder who he was. Grandpa Murray always used “F.H.M. Murray” in public and through his professional correspondence. It is not only the “First Biography” but is also the only substantial personal, public, and historical data ever compiled and recorded. Murray was a trailblazer and a visionary that had been over looked for decades. So “Forgotten Pioneer” is most appropriate. The mere fact that he was an avid fighter for equality and “civil justice” could not be eliminated either. I am pleased with the title.
How did you find an agent and publisher?
No agent needed. I self published my book and had it printed through a print-on-demand client.
Who reads you work in progress?
Locally I have two editors. After that I have a professional New York author/editor/historian to tweak it, and then I repeat the cycle until I am satisfied.
Who made a difference in the books quality?
The title, content, images, endnotes, and index.
How long did it take you to complete the first draft?
The first rough draft took one year to complete.
How long did it take from start to publication?
Let’s see, ten years research plus two to compile and write – a total of 12 years.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I would like to encourage anyone who writes not to place restrictions on themselves. This only builds up barriers. One of the greatest lessons I have learned from F.H.M. Murray has caused me to develop my motto, “you can become as big as you can dream.” And with that, let me leave these words from Murray with you:
“Never give up. Never give in. Never stop until you win, win, win.!”
Thank you, Anita Hackley-Lambert for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.
I thank Paperback Writer for this opportunity to share my book with so many.