Local resident Debbie Murphy has published a short collection of musings entitled “Crowing,” which she describes as a “personal narrative” as she details moments from her life.
Her book is composed of 78 pages of short stories or poems featuring moments throughout Murphy’s life that she felt “compelled to document,” as she puts, such as noticing a particular tree on the beach, or an older woman at a Montecito bank wearing cowboy boots. The title of her book refers to several stories or poems surrounding the crows that eat seeds on her deck.
“It happens so quickly,” she said. “A story unfolds in my brain, and I feel like ‘I have to record this now.’”
Murphy has been jotting down this story for at least thirty years, but did not consider publishing until encouraged by her son, who also organized the order of her works. She then attended a “How to Publish Your Manuscript” workshop at the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center, which culminated in her self-publishing her books through Amazon in November of last year.
“I had what I needed and I knew where I was going,” Murphy said. “It was easy, I just did it for me.”
Murphy’s book is now available on Amazon.