Interview with Murray Pura & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Murray Pura & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted Word

Murray Pura was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, just north of the Dakotas and Minnesota. His first novel was released in Toronto in 1988 and was a finalist for the Dartmouth Book Award. Since that time he has published ten more novels, two collections of short stories, and several nonfiction titles including the Zondervan books Rooted and Streams and the Baker devotional Majestic & Wild. He has been a finalist for several awards in the US and Canada and in 2012 won the Word Award of Toronto for Best Historical Novel. Murray lives and writes in southwestern Alberta and is currently published by Barbour, Baker, Harper One, Zondervan, and Harvest House as well as several other publishing houses – he works with publishers in Canada, America, the UK, and Holland.

His releases for 2013 include the novels: Ashton Park, The Rose of Lancaster County, A Road Called Love, Seven Oaks, The Painted Sky, Whispers of a New Dawn, Beneath the Dover Sky, The Name of the Hawk, and An Amish Family Christmas. His diverse writing spans many genres including: historical fiction, contemporary fiction, literary fiction, romance, adventure, western, suspense, fantasy, Amish, and inspirational. Most of his work is available in ebook format for Kindle, Kobo, and Nook as well as in paperback.

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Welcome to The Engrafted Word Murray Pura! It’s wonderful to have you here!

Interview with Murray Pura & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna: Since you’ve just celebrated another exciting book release, can you tell us what was your favorite part about writing London Dawn

Murray:  For me it was writing about the courage of ordinary people who were facing a terrible threat – being invaded and conquered by the ruthless regime that was Nazi Germany. Some I put in airplanes, some on ships, some in hospitals, some in their homes with their grandparents and their children, some in the arms of the ones they loved, but all of them do their part to keep the faith, keep their country free, and to keep love and hope alive.

Savanna:  What did you learn from the Danforth family throughout writing this trilogy? What do you hope your readers take away from the series?

Murray:  From the Danforths I learned how important it is to keep a family together so that they can then be strong enough not only to help one another but also help their neighbors and their church and their country. I want readers to be blessed, challenged, and inspired. I want them to feel like they’ve lived the story just as if they were in it and it was real life for them. I want them to feel stronger about living their lives to the full and reaching out to God and true love with all their heart.

Interview with Murray Pura & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:  Your books have swept across many different time periods. Do you have a particular favorite time in history you like to read?

Murray:  I wish I could somehow combine the Age of Sail, when those beautiful tall ships ruled the waves, and the early decades of flight, when planes had two wings and open cockpits and you flew simple airplanes with the hair blowing through your hair. I love writing about those two eras.

Savanna:  Of all the places you’ve traveled to, what has been your favorite location to visit so far and why?

Murray:  I loved living and working in Israel – the climate was lovely, the land beautiful, the prophets and heroes of the Bible, even Jesus himself, have walked there, and there was this sense of working alongside a people with their backs to the wall who needed a great deal of courage to get through every day and every year. Their bravery was a constant inspiration.

Savanna: It sounds like you’ve had quite an adventurous and exciting career so far. Can you name one of your most unforgettable moments from your writing career to date?

Interview with Murray Pura & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordMurray:  Getting my first contract from Harvest House for The Wings of Morning was extremely exciting. I remember we had had a rejection that day and the editor said a story that combined the Amish, flying the first airplanes, romance, and the First World War wouldn’t work, people wouldn’t buy it. But Harvest House said YES and it has become one of my best selling novels.

Savanna:  I love hearing the journey behind the book. 😉 Thanks for being here today, Murray. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects? How can readers connect with you?

Murray: Thank you so much for the interview, Savanna. Readers can find me at Murray Pura Writing on Facebook, on my Amazon Author Page and my Goodreads Author Page, and at my website: www.murraypura.com.

As for the near future, I am hoping to land a contract with a British publisher and it actually would be a romance and adventure set during the Age of Sail. If I get it I will let you know. It would be brilliant, to borrow an British expression, to write a novel like that, with the blue ocean rolling under my feet, and the vast blue sky stretching over my head, and then transport the reader there with me.

Interview with Murray Pura & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted Word

GIVEAWAY!!

Murray has generously offered one autographed copy of LONDON DAWN to one lucky winner AND six sets of 4×6 postcards that are glossy replicas of all his book covers with Harvest House to another half dozen readers! (one of the cards autographed)

HOW TO ENTER: 

-Leave your name and email in the comments below
(You MUST include your email to be qualified)

 


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Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and Canada
and ends February 25, 2014.  Winner will be notified by email.

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42 comments on “Interview with Murray Pura & GIVEAWAY
  1. Lisa Hess says:

    As another writer with multiple genre disorder, it’s nice to see an author doing so well with their disability… Seriously, thanks Savannah, for another great author interview!

  2. Vickie Morgan says:

    Really enjoy reading your books.

  3. Bonnie Traher says:

    Would really love to win the book in print. momtr3@yahoo.com

  4. Trixi O says:

    I have Ashton Park & would love to win a copy of London Dawn! Thanks for another chance to own this book & add it to my collection!

  5. Diane Castiglione says:

    Would love to win this book. Just love your
    books. The cover is really nice. Thank you

  6. cynthia fernstaedt says:

    My sons and I are reading Majestic and Wild. A great read for all of us

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      That’s awesome that you get to share Murray’s book with your sons. Hopefully you’ll win another one to enjoy together. 🙂 Good luck in the giveaway, Cynthia!

  7. Kathi Crouse says:

    I love Murray Pura’s books! It would be so nice to win a copy of London Dawn! I have subscribed to The Engrafted Word, liked and shared on FB!

    kcrouse1950@verizon.net

  8. Jackie McNutt says:

    Thank you for featuring Murray. I have enjoyed the post very much. Murray is a gifted writer and his books are always a blessing to read.
    I subscribed to The engrafted Word
    mcnuttj(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. Jackie McNutt says:

    Sorry I posted wrong e mail
    mcnuttj(at)rocketmail(dot)com

  10. Cathy Doman says:

    I have Ashton Park, and it would be great to win London Dawn to add to my collection. I love Murray Pura’s writing! Thanks for the opportunity!

  11. Emma says:

    Subscribe to The Engrafted Word.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Have a wonderful week.

  12. Emma says:

    -Like The Engrafted Word on Facebook..augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Have a wonderful week.

  13. Emma says:

    Share this Giveaway on Facebook.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Have a wonderful week.

  14. Emma says:

    LONDON DAWN sounds wonderful. Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.Have a wonderful week.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.I enjoy reading your books.

  15. chris granville says:

    Your book sounds great
    God bless you
    Chris Granville

    Im subscribed, I liked it I will share it
    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

  16. I would love to own every book from this very talented young man. I have
    subscribed to Engrafted Word. I have liked Engrafted Word on Facebook, and I have shared this on my Facebook page. Murray has some really great books. I need this one to complete this series. Thanks for a chance to win.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  17. Elizabeth Dent says:

    I love your books Murray and would love to win . Thanks for the giveaway.
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. I loved “Ashton Park” and would so love to win “London Dawn”. I love the way Murray writes and yes, I do feel a part of the people in the story. Thank you for this contest and hoping , like always, to win this autographed copy of this book. Sincerely, Sr. Mary Lou Kwiatkowski
    flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com
    Now I will continue to all I can to promote this contest and book. Thank you!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      It’s great to “meet” you, Mary Lou. I hope you win your autographed copy! 😉 I really appreciate all your support and help in spreading the word. Good luck in the giveaway!

  19. annie says:

    would love to win this book, I just read one of his other books, I’m looking forward to more!

  20. Hi Savanna and Murray !
    Murray knows I just cannot pass up a Pura book ! I love learning about my favorite male author and Now I am going to have to read London Dawn… Can’t wait for the new book you spoke of Murray, it sounds like a wonderful time in history.
    Blessings
    LInda aka Lindy to Murray
    As always Savanna, I am subscribed, liked you on FB and shared all over the place !

  21. Have never read his work before but would love to! Thanks you for this give-away and please enter me. Thanks!

  22. Carla Hansen says:

    Thank you for the opportunity.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Carla! Thank you so much for visiting my blog. This giveaway actually ran last year, but I hope you’ll still check out Murray’s books. He has many great stories. Have a great day!

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