Artist StatementI write to explore the worlds that come alive when I ask myself a not-so-innocent two-word question: What if? That question might come from a random thought, or because I take note of someone on the street. Soon the arc of the story reveals itself and I write it down to clear space in my head for the next idea. I must write the story even when what the character is going through on the page is entirely alien to my experience. And if it's a poem? That is when things can get wonderfully surreal. The fiction written as "AK Moray" is from a different place in my imagination than what I write under my given name, and I have a special attachment to my "In Heels" series of short stories. The women in these stories are strong, vulnerable, curious, wise, and foolish. They act with agency or can be caught up in events and simply looking for the way home. They are people. The poetry collections, published as "Robert C. Murray," are verses of observation, emotional reaction, and delicious flights of imagination for both the consideration and enjoyment of the reader. As with most poems they are best when read aloud amongst friends. AK Moray's fiction and Robert C. Murray's poetry, all from my mind and my heart, I am proud to make available to you. I invite you to enjoy them and share them with the special people in your life, and to reach out to me and tell me what you think of them.
Born and raised in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Robert C. Murray spent his childhood exploring every corner of his back yard inventing worlds from the shrubs and stones. When not outside or ankle-deep in Lego bricks (more worlds to invent) he had his nose in a book: fiction, non-fiction, reference, the occasional thick menu. Much like Hemingway, he used a toy typewriter (and his cub reporter sister) to pioneer independent publishing with a homemade newspaper.
RCM has made your hamburger at McDonald's, filed your HR paperwork, fixed your computer more times than anyone cares to admit, and plays a variety of brass and percussion instruments even when people ask him to stop.
For the curious, his alter ego "AK Moray" is what happens when he decides to explore the Human Condition absent supernatural monsters and ray guns.