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E. C. Murray, founder and publisher of The Writers Connection, is a the author of a KIRKUS BEST BOOK of the YEAR, A Long Way from Paris, the story of her personal transformation while herding goats in the mountains of southern France. www.ecmurray.com. A speaker and writing teacher and tutor at Tacoma Community College and Seattle Central College, she received a Pushcart nomination for "The Urban Goatherd," a snippet of A Long Way from Paris.
“A rich, lucid
debut…Murray writes with grace, complexity and humor…readers will weep…they
will also laugh.” Kirkus Reviews
“Murray writes with humor and
courage…as adventurous as “Eat, Pray Love”… with a little of Cheryl Strayed’s
“Wild” thrown in. Yakima Herald
“Flecked with humor and bittersweet candor, this account captures the essence of coming of age.” Bellingham Herald and Kitsap Sun
“Murray is both a sharp observer of the local color and a cart-
She's also written Life Kind of Sucks, a tiny (TINY) book beautifully illustrated by Germaine Austin, which brims with helpful ideas for the "rough patches in life" which reflects her Masters in Social Work.
Elizabeth started The Writers' Connection in 2010 in order learn from accomplished writers as she trudged the road to mastering the craft of the writing-a goal which may never be reached. She teaches and edits works of fiction and non-fiction.
Hinman, editor of The Writers Connection, is an adventurer, speaker and the award-winning author of two books, Tightwads
on the Loose and Sea Trials. Tightwads on the Loose is a
popular travel adventure book about the 7-year, 34,000-mile voyage she took
with her husband aboard a small, violently rocking sailboat during which she
alternated between feats worthy of Wonder Woman or Suzy Homemaker. It's full of
humor and armchair thrills. Tightwads on the Loose was selected for the
literature program for Western Washington
University, won the Journey Award for
best true life adventure story and was selected as a top travel book for women.
Sea Trials, her second book, tells the exciting story of the harrowing
journey of the Wilcox family. A shipwreck might end a dream of circumnavigating
the globe. Not for them. To triumph, they must rebuild their boat on a remote
Pacific island. Damage sustained on the reef and a lack of resources haunt them
the rest of the way around the world as they face daunting obstacles, including
wild weather, pirates, gun boats, mines and thieves, plus pesky bureaucrats and
cockroaches as stubborn as the family. Without a working engine and no way to
communicate with the outside world, they struggle to reach home before their
broken rig comes crashing down and they run out of food in a trial that tests
them to their limits.
Sea Trials has earned a Kirkus starred review and
been selected a Kirkus best book of the Month and 2017 Best Book of the year. (https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/wendy-hinman/sea-trials1/)
Sea Trials has racked up many other favorable reviews in national
magazines. Wendy Hinman has also
published stories in a number of magazines, especially ones sailors like to
read. One of her stories is featured in the anthology, We Came to Say.
Another won a SOLAS award for best travel writing. For more information, visit her website at http://www.wendyhinman.com