Libby Murphy – Entangled Publishing
Associate Editor at Entangled Publishing!
Although she holds a BS in public health, Libby’s true love has always been books. She writes urban fantasy for adults and young adults, has a minor in writing, and has worked as a freelance writer and editor. Find her on Twitter at @Libby_Murphy.
Libby would like to see submissions for adults and young adults written with a killer voice, and she especially loves quirky characters and plots. She loves sci-fi with aliens, robots, and high tech; urban fantasy and time travel; contemporary romance; women’s fiction with a strong romantic element; and suspense and mysteries. She craves humor, anti-heroes, and underdogs, and strong, capable heroines are a must.
Eggnog or Mimosas? Are you old enough to drink?
Definitely eggnog. But I’ll take a mimosa in a pinch
We’re also taking pictures with Santa, did you bring a gift for him? (Maybe a new release or a pretty book cover…)
I have some lovely goodies to share! Check out these gorgeous covers for a few of our new releases:
Music teacher Holly Jones is in a festive predicament. Her boyfriend just dumped her the week before Christmas, so why is she only depressed he made off with the mince pies? When the charming science teacher next door overhears the dreaded call and suggests she accompany him on his Scottish holiday retreat, she accepts, eager to spend a quiet week rediscovering herself.
Noel Coward‘s wife died on Christmas Eve three years ago. To bury the memories of that day, he spends the holidays getting drunk and watching action movies—which makes him perfect company for a fellow teacher in need of solitude. Except, instead of wallowing in his grief, Noel finds himself comforted by Holly’s presence, fascinated by her mind, and after one innocent kiss, on fire for her touch. As the snow piles up outside, the temperature inside soars, while together, they discover the human heart’s amazing capacity to heal…and love.
When the cards tell Ophelia Leoni she’s supposed to marry the Prince of Hansarda, the gunrunner grits her teeth and boards the starship that comes for her. It doesn’t matter if the ship’s commander is the gorgeous stranger whose bed she just spent a wild, drunken night with. As a Diviner, she’s painfully aware the cards don’t lie. Ever.
Boone O’Keirna knows Ophelia is trouble the second he sees the way she moves. Not about to let the deadly little hellcat marry his sadistic half-brother, Boone pretends to be the Prince’s emissary and kidnaps Ophelia. Too bad they can’t be in the same room without him wanting to throw her out an airlock–or into bed.
Even as they fight each other–and their explosive attraction–Ophelia and Boone sense something is wrong. Too much is going their way. Soon, they realize while the cards may never lie, the truth is sometimes hidden between them…and the future king of Hansarda is not one to take defeat lying down.
Please enter. Drinks are served by the elves in the corner.
What’s your favorite holiday and why?
I’ve always loved Halloween. The costumes are such a blast for one, and two, I go all out for the big day—crafts, baking, makeup…that type of thing. This year I took my family to a downtown zombie crawl, and we’re definitely excited to go again next year. I’ll be upping my special effects makeup game, for sure.
Did you ask Santa for anything good?
Just lots and lots of awesome books! OK, and maybe a goodie or two from Sephora.
What’s your favorite place to spend the holidays?
My parents’ home. We’re really laidback, and just have lots of fun together. Last year my hubs, kids, and my brother and his girlfriend, turned on the Wii and played Just Dance—I think my dad ruptured his spleen laughing at all of us.
What is your favorite Christmas memory?
When I was 10, my grandpa, who was a veterinarian, found an injured duck in his field. He took my brother and I out there to rescue it, then he set up a little duck hospital in his shed, where we nursed it back to health for several weeks (oh, and we named this poor thing John Deere, after Grandpa’s tractor). Despite his unfortunate name, John Deere made it through his injury like a champ, and when he was healed my grandpa took us to a game reserve, where we got to set the duck free. I miss Grandpa so much, but we have so many awesome memories of him doing things like that with us!
Do you have personal resolutions for the New Years? Anything interesting?
Next year I am going to run a 10K race. I’ve been wanting to do it for a few years, and I’ve decided 2012 is the year it’s going to happen. It’s actually kind of terrifying just typing it, but there you have it!
What do you do and how did you get into this industry?
The funny thing is, I went back to in 2005 school wanting to be a nurse! I ended up switching to public health with an emphasis in wellness education, and became certified as a stress management instructor. My minor was writing, which is my passion, but I was so far into the health major I couldn’t switch to an English major at that stage. After graduating in 2009 I did a lot of freelance health writing assignments, but really wanted to focus more on the writing side of things. Last February I heard of Entangled Publishing, and saw that they were accepting applications for interns. I did that for a few months before applying to become an editor, and here I am! I still have to pinch myself—I love this job and really don’t feel like I’ve worked a day since I came on.
What do you love about your job?
The authors I’ve been so fortunate to work with, as well as the amazing books I get to read. I also get to work with some amazing editors and publicists, and it’s really a great group of people to be involved with.
What type of stories do you love best?
This is like asking me which of my children I love the most! I think I go through phases, actually. But you could probably toss me into any world, and as long as the characters are compelling, the story holds up you’ve got me. Especially if you can make me laugh. I am a huge sucker for humor!
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Karen Marie Moning, Pamela Clare, Becca Fitzpatrick, Melissa Marr, Jim Butcher, Katie MacAlister, Tess Gerritsen…OK this could go on forever! I am a reading fanatic
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Don’t ever stop learning your craft. Read books, take classes, get yourself a kickass critique group…whatever it takes to keep filling your writer’s brain. Read in and out of the genre you write, stretch yourself, and don’t be afraid to try something new. Invest in yourself!
Are you working on anything fun right now?
Heck yeah! December has been an awesome month. I’ve been having a blast editing some excellent books for Lori Wilde’s…Indulgence line. Jennifer Probst’s The Marriage Bargain is a beautiful story— and I laughed and cried and fell in love. I have two more books I’m editing right now for the Indulgence line, and they are just fantastic. I would love to see more submissions for this line, so definitely check out the submissions guidelines here: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/submission-information/lori-wildes-indulgence-submissions/
And here’s my Indulgence wish list:
Best friends, best friend’s younger sister, millionaire playboy, athletes, relationship because of a bet, arranged marriages, bad boys, revenge plots, reunions, adventure (Indiana Jones meets Bridget Jones!), romantic comedy, forbidden love, geeks (hero or heroine), and military heroes. I’m not likely to request sheiks or royalty, but if the royalty is the heroine, that’s definitely more likely. I’m a huge sucker for snarky heroines, funny heroes, and heroes who are the strong, silent type.
Let’s see…for our main Entangled line, I have been working on a fantastic new contemporary series by Brooke Moss coming out this summer. It’s one of those books I have to stop and remind myself to actually edit, because the story is so amazing. Patricia Eimer’s sequel to Luck of the Devil, Devil May Care, is coming out this summer as well, and I nearly had an aneurysm laughing so hard! Misa Ramirez’s Bare-Naked Lola, the third installment in her Lola Cruz Mystery series is coming in April, and it’s going to be a *ahem* killer of a story.
For the main Entangled line, as well as our Ever Afters and Flirts lines, here’s a list of things I’d love to see: Scientists or inventor-types who walk the line between good and bad (like Batman); paranormals with a villain hero/heroine who is redeemed by the end; disaster or apocalyptic events in which people find love, despite everything falling apart around them (can be sci-fi, fantasy, or contemporary featuring a natural disaster, for example); quirky contemporaries or paranormals—humor is a must!; sci-fi, especially if it has a Tron, I, Robot, or a Terminator type setting; thrillers set in a small town; zombie hunters; romantic comedy (would love to see a trilogy about a group of girlfriends finding love).
Have I mentioned how much I love my job?
Any big projects for 2012?
The conclusion to Rosalie Lario’s Demons of Infernum series is going to come out later this summer, and I am so excited (and sad to see it end). I’ve had a blast editing this series, and working with Rosalie, and I can’t wait to see what other adventures she cooks up! I just began editing my first historical, a Highlander paranormal romance, and I really hope to find more gems like this. Oh, and a few other projects I can’t tell you about just yet, but trust me when I say they’re going to be worth the wait!
Where can readers find you?
Thank you so much for joining us at Romance Author Hotspot!
I really appreciate you having me! I’m here all week, so if you have questions about Entangled, our submissions guidelines, questions about editing…anything…feel free to ask!
- One digital copy of each of the following books—winners will be drawn at random:
- Busted in Bollywood by Nicola Marsh
- Touch of the Angel by Rosalie Lario
- Luck of the Devil by Patricia Eimer
- Holly’s First Noel by Faye Robertson (donated by the lovely Heather Howland, managing editor extraordinaire!)
- Queen of Swords by Katee Robert (another goodie donated by Heather!)
- Three authors will win a partial critique. These can be for a novella or a novel, including the first three chapters (no more than 50 pages) of an adult or young adult romance. If you don’t have anything for me to critique, just let me know and I’ll give you an ARC of one of the books listed above.