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Neighbors by L.S. Murphy‏

L.S. Murphy lives in the Greater St. Louis area where she watches Cardinals baseball, reads every book she can find, and weaves tales for teens and adults. When not doing all of the above, she tends to The Bean (aka her daughter), her husband and a menagerie of pets. “A Reason to Stay”, a contemporary romance novella, is available as of November 2, 2012. Reaper is her debut young adult novel and is available as of January 7th, 2013.

She is a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the St. Louis Writer’s Guild.


Rena Woods has a great life. She recently landed the contract to decorate the home of basketball wife, Cecilia Hood, her business is growing, and this contract could make her the elite decorator in St. Louis. Rena’s sacrificed her personal life for her company without a single regret. When Staff Sergeant C.J. Riker moves in across the hall, Rena can’t stand to be around him. He may be on the volcanic side of hot, but his attitude sucks. Riker does whatever he can to get under Rena’s skin.

After a massive blow to her business sends Rena on a self-destructive binge, Riker is there to save her from doing something she might regret. Could there be more to Riker than meets the eye? And will he open up enough to Rena to tell her how he lost his leg or shut out love forever?

Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
Rena did, actually. I started making little notes about a girl who wanted to be an interior designer, and she morphed into this strong, independent woman who was lonelier than she cared to admit.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
About ten days.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
It’s the same thing I love about reading: taking that journey into another world. I love discovering new worlds, new characters, and new situations.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
The time it takes away from my family. Since I have a full time job, there aren’t enough hours in the day to write and spend time with those I love the most. It’s a balancing act.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?

J.K. Rowling, so I could give a poor author in St. Louis enough money to quit her day job and write full time.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
OMG, I just threw out what I think were green beans. It was rather disgusting.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
In December, One More Day, a YA anthology which features my story “The 13th Month,” will be released. I’m currently working on a follow-up to Neighbors and a new adult novel about a college baseball player who falls for a girl with a tragic past.