Fiction — A Believable Lie


I’m that NEW WRITER, the one with fresh adventures of murder and international intrigue.  My novels often include the deadly trio of MURDER, MAYHEM and MEDICINE.

I’m from Louisiana originally but now live in South Texas.  Like most writers, I come from rich experiences that offer insight and depth into what I write.  I’m a clinical pharmacist specialist.  That means I know a lot about drugs: their origins, their therapeutic effects, their beneficial uses and even their misuses.  After years in direct patient care, I’ve recently freed myself from those responsibilities and now indulge in one of my other passions: FICTION WRITING.

We’re told that fiction is nothing more than a believable lie.  Basically, it’s an untruth.  Good fiction, however, is taking that untruth and reshaping it into something that resembles reality.  I love reading good fiction, so now I write it.  I’ll have done my job as a writer if after reading the last page of one of my stories you say, “Could that really have happened?”

This blog is to introduce myself and to build my platform so that you’ll become familiar with my writing style.  I’ll be posting new blogs regularly (once a week) and I’ll talk mostly about Murder, Mayhem and Medicine.  But sometimes I’ll add interesting information about my writing experience and at other times I’ll provide tidbits gained from my pharmacy background.  I promise to be interesting and fun!

About James J. Murray, Fiction Writer

With experience in both pharmaceutical manufacturing and clinical patient management, medications and their impact on one’s quality of life have been my expertise. My secret passion of murder and mayhem, however, is a whole other matter. I’ve always loved reading murder mysteries and thrillers, and longed to weave such tales of my own. Drawing on my clinical expertise as a pharmacist and my infatuation with the lethal effects of drugs, my tales of murder, mayhem and medicine will have you looking over your shoulder and suspicious of anything in your medicine cabinet.
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4 Responses to Fiction — A Believable Lie

  1. wobsy says:

    I know it’s counter-intuitive but maybe fiction is closer to the truth than supposedly factual writing. News always has a point of view, a subjectivity, whereas fiction is what somebody really thinks. Far from clear cut and open to conjecture but worth sharing, I thought.

    • Thanks for the comments. I agree: news broadcasts are often all about the “sensationalism” rather than the facts. We as fiction writers are maybe more diligent in getting our facts straight to create the believable story. Appreciate your thoughts. Just getting my blog set up and still learning how to navigate, post, and link.

  2. Donna Martin says:

    Hello, James!

    I just picked up your invitation to visit and thought I would take a moment to check out your blog. I too hail from Louisiana (cajun country), lived in Texas for 8 years (Dallas) and now call Tennesse my home. I write children’s picture books, middle grade adventure novels, young adult mystery novels, and young adult suspense novels, as well as poetry and essays…also want to try my hand at non-fiction one day soon. If you are interested, I invite you to check out my blog……where you will find everything from poetry and author quotes on Sundays to the unusual on Wednesdays to installments of my stories on Fridays to motivational posts the rest of the week…;0)

    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

    Take care,

    Donna L Martin

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