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A Conversation with Peter Murphy, author of ‘Lagan Love’




Peter Murphy was born in Killarney where he spent his first three years before his family was deported to Dublin, the Strumpet City. Growing up in the verdant braes of Templeogue, Peter was schooled by the De La Salle brothers in Churchtown where he played rugby for ‘The Wine and Gold’. He also played football (soccer) in secret!

After that, he graduated and studied the Humanities in Grogan’s under the guidance of Scot’s corner and the bar staff; Paddy, Tommy and Sean.

Murphy financed his education by working summers on the buildings sites of London in such places as Cricklewood, Camden Town and Kilburn.

Murphy also tramped the roads of Europe playing music and living without a care in the world. But his move to Canada changed all of that. He only came over for awhile – thirty years ago.

He took a day job and played music in the bars at night until the demands of family life intervened.

Having raised his children and packed them off to University, Murphy answered the long ignored internal voice and began to write.

He has no plans to make plans for the future and is happy to let things unfold as they do anyway.

LAGAN LOVE is his first novel.

You can visit his website at or his blog at  Connect with him at Twitter at and Facebook at

About Lagan Love

If you know something about passion, and desire, and giving everything to live your dreams then leave your world behind for a while. Come with Janice to Dublin, in the mid nineteen-eighties when a better future beckoned and the past was restless, whispering in the shadows for the Old Ways. Janice has grown tired of her sheltered existence in Toronto and when Aidan leads her through the veils of the Celtic Twilight, she doesn’t hesitate. In their love, Aidan, Dublin’s rising poet, sees a chance for redemption and Janice sees a chance for recognition. Sinead tells her that it is all nonsense as she keeps her head down and her eyes fixed on her own prize – a place in Ireland’s prospering future. She used to go out with Aidan, before he met Janice, so there is little she can say. And besides, she has enough to do as her parents are torn apart by the rumours of church scandals. But after a few nights in Grogan’s, where Dublin’s bohemians gather, or a day in Clonmacnoise among the ruins of Celtic Crosses, it won’t matter as the ghosts of Aidan’s mythologies take form and prey on the friends until everything is at risk. Lagan Love is a sensuous story of Love, Lust and Loss that will bring into question the cost we pay for our dreams.

Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Peter.  Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

Lagan Love is my first publication – and hopefully – not my last!

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

Lagan Love was published by Fiction Studio Books; a small press cum writers’ collective headed up by Lou Aronica – a man who has worked to make me make the story what it is. I can think of no one else I would have worked with.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

It was only a matter of months but it felt like eons!

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

I felt a huge sense of relief and accomplishment as I had committed my life to ‘getting it done.’ I celebrated by mapping out my second story – as well as a few cigars.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I went back to Dublin where the book was born.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

When struggling through the creation of Lagan Love, doubt was always nagging over my shoulder. I had turned my back on the security of a day job to devote my best efforts to doing what I knew had to be done. Publication brought validation and reinforced my determination to explore the craft and to write for the sake of creation.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

I am most surprised by the renewal that I sense across the business. For years I have read about its impending death and now, everywhere I look new writers are finding readers and more and more great books are emerging everywhere.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

If people who write books are to be considered ‘insane’ then published authors are promoted to the lofty status of being eccentric!

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

I think that we are in a very exciting time for new writers as changes in the industry have opened doors that were once sealed shut. Through ebooks, publishers can now take more risks on new writers without worrying too much on recovering the costs once associated with the effort.

Ebooks can ‘sit on shelves’ for as long as it takes for writers to find readers unlike the physical model where slowing selling books were quickly banished to discount bins and warehouses.

Self-publishing also allows writers to get their stuff ‘out there’ where well written books will find audiences.






1 Comment

  1. Loved this book!!! Great interview Peter!!!

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