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Suprise Guest Blogger
Today is an exciting day! Want to know why? Well, our founder is friendly to an author on Twitter, which leade to some interesting conversations. One of the conversations was about guest blogging. Since our founder is still relatively new to blogging he has never really heard of it. Well, the author who follows our founder generously gave our Jimmy quite a bit of information. He even offered to be our first guest blogger on our website. Please welcome our friend Luke Murphy!
Luke Murphys Background About Fitness
First off, thank you, Jimmy, for having me on your blog. It’s always fun to visit new blogs and share things with new readers.
As a former professional athlete, obviously, health and fitness have been of major importance in my life. Staying healthy is vital for everyone, but when athletics is your life and your occupation, you have an extra motivation to stay that much more fit and prepared.
In my playing days, it was a lot easier to motivate myself to get into the gym or out on the track to allow myself an opportunity to keep up with the athletes I competed against. But now, being much older, as a husband, father and full-time teacher, finding not only the time, but the energy to workout is a greater challenge.
Luckily for me, I have always been a self-motivator, it was always one of my strengths and helped me gain an advantage over my opponents. That same characteristic has stayed with me well after my life as an athlete.
My daily schedule is pretty full, so the best time for me to train is as early in the day as possible. This is for two reasons:
1) I find that I’m at my best in the morning. I’m well rested from a good nights sleep and my old muscles use the early workout and stretching to help me get through the day.
2) My kids are still asleep, so I have 30 minutes of free time to spare.
This is what my daily schedule looks like:
6 am – Wake up, 30 minutes work out
6:30 am – Make lunches for kids
6:45 am – Wife & kids wake up, start morning routine with kids (dress, wash, breakfast, hair, etc.)
8 am – Go to work (high school teacher)
3:30 pm – After school tutoring
4:30 pm – Get youngest at daycare
5 pm – Start supper
5:30 pm – Eat supper
6 pm – Family time (playing, homework, bath time, story time, snack time, etc.)
8:30 pm – Kids’ bedtime
So at 9 o’clock, I finally get some time to myself. By now, I’m tired from a full day, so a workout at this time would be useless and unprofitable. Plus, this is the time I get to sit down and work on my passion…
9-12ish (or until tired) – Writing!
Because I have limited time (30 minutes) to workout, I have to break it down and focus on small parts, in order to get the most out of my workout:
Monday = Chest & Triceps
Wednesday = Biceps & Back
Friday = Shoulders & Legs
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturdays = Cardio
I do 10-15 minutes of abs every day.
Writing – From Professional Hockey Player to Published Novelist
From a family of avid readers, even as a child, I always had a passion for books. Whether it was reading novels on road trips or writing assignments in school, literature was always part of my life.
In the winter of 2000, after sustaining a season-ending eye injury while playing professional hockey in Oklahoma City, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands, and a new hobby emerged.
I didn’t write with the intention of being published. I wrote for the love of writing, as a hobby. I continued to hobby write through the years, honing my craft, making time between work and family obligations.
Then I made a decision to take my interest one step further. I’ve never been one to take things lightly or jump in halfway. I took a full year off from writing to study the craft.
I constantly read, from novels in my favorite genres to books written by experts in the writing field. My first two purchases were “Stein on Writing”, a book written by successful editor Sol Stein, and “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers” by Renni Browne and Dave King.
I continually researched the internet, reading up on the industry and process “What is selling?” and “Who is buying?” were my two major questions.
I attended the “Bloody Words” writing conference in Ottawa, Canada, rubbing elbows with other writers, editors, agents, and publishers. I made friends (published and unpublished authors), bombarding them with questions, learning what it took to become successful.
Feeling that I was finally prepared, in the winter of 2007, with an idea in mind and an outline on paper, I started to write DEAD MAN`S HAND. It took me two years (working around full-time jobs) to complete the first draft of my novel.
The first person to read my completed manuscript was my former high school English teacher. With her experience and wisdom, she gave me some very helpful advice. I then hired McCarthy Creative Services to help edit DEAD MAN’S HAND, to make it the best possible novel.
I joined a critique group, teaming up with published authors Nadine Doolittle and Kathy Leveille, and exchanging manuscripts and information. Working with an editor and other authors was very rewarding and not only made my novel better but made me a better writer.
When I was ready, I researched agents who fit my criteria (successful, worked with my genres, etc.) and sent out query letters. After six months of rejections, I pulled my manuscript back and worked on it again. Then in my next round of proposals, I was offered representation by the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.
After months of editing with Jennifer, and more rejections from publishers, my dream was finally realized in April 2012, when I signed a publishing contract with Imajin Books.
Luke Murphy is the International bestselling author of Dead Man’s Hand (Imajin Books, 2012), Kiss & Tell (Imajin Books, 2015) and Wild Card (Imajin Books, 2017)
Murphy played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006. His sports column, “Overtime” (Pontiac Equity), was nominated for the 2007 Best Sports Page in Quebec and won the award in 2009. He has also worked as a radio journalist (CHIPFM 101.7).
Murphy lives in Shawville, QC with his wife, three daughters, and pug. He is a teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, and a Bachelor of Education (Magna Cum Laude).
For more information on Luke and his books, visit: www.authorlukemurphy.com, ‘like’ his Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AuthorLukeMurphy and follow him on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/AuthorLMurphy Reviews
“All the danger, treachery, and action a thriller reader could wish for. Luke Murphy has the touch.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Order
“Hold on for a wild ride that doesn’t end until the last page.”
—Jordan Dane, bestselling author of the Sweet Justice series
“Murder, sex, hackers…an elaborate criminal chess game: Luke Murphy delivers.”
—Bryan Gruley, author of the Starvation Lake trilogy
If you are interested in buying his book here is the link! http://Author.to/Author