Please Welcome Christie Black-Murrell to my blog today,
Q1. Tell me about yourself?
A. Dr. Christie Black-Murrell is a devoted wife and enthusiastic mom of two adventurous little girls. Dr. Murrell has worked as a counselor in a variety of setting for the last 18 years but most recently as a School Counselor. She is a big kid who loves to read stories aloud and make characters come to life with puppets and animated voices. She has written over ten books from 2009 till today from varied genres to include: Poetry, Adult Fiction, and most recently Children Fiction. She lives to speak life into people through her books, counseling, and speaking engagements. She desires daily to show children that it is still good in the world and that they can be the “good” in the world. You can most often find Dr. Murrell spending time with her family, worshipping God, writing, or reading a good book.
Q2.What are your favorite books to read?
A. My favorite books to read truly depend on the day! I love poetry and I love romance. I also enjoy a good book that helps me find my center more like a devotional of some sort. Lately, I have been reading plenty of Children's books to my littles.
Q3. When did you decide you were going to write a book?
A. I have been writing all of my life. However, as far as putting into a book came about when was I was finally able to share my very personal poetry with the world. My very first book was a collection of poetry that came from years of writing in my journals. As far as my most recent releases in the Children's fiction world that came about from my two little girls' love for reading and hearing stories.
Q4. How did you come up with the name of your book?
A. True Friendship is sweet came out of the concept of making the connection between how much children love sweets and how true friendship is one of the greatest gifts.
Q5. What are you working on for 2021
A. Since 2020 I have written 5 books to include: one concept book, coloring book, two journals, and most recently this children's short story. I plan to work on a coloring and activity book to pair with "True Friendship is Sweet." I will also have a bullying book to release in late October/early November and lastly a Christmas book.
Q6. How long have you been writing?
A. I have been writing all my life! However, publishing for the last 13 years.
Q7.What advice would you give other authors?
A. I would encourage other authors to find the story inside of them and follow that. I would also say write daily to keep your imagination flowing. Never give up on your books just find your audience.
Q8. Where can people find you online?
A. Social Media:
Q9. What is your favorite coffee drink?
A. Hazelnut soy latte from Starbucks is my favorite!! Unless it is Christmas time then GINGERBREAD
Q10. What is your favorite coffee shop?
Q11. Do you plan on making a new book in the future?
A. Plenty of new books in the future...3 more this year.
Q12. How many books have you written?
A.12 books since 2010
Q13. Did you go to college to be a writer?
A. No, I actually went to school for Psychology and counseling. This is why the majority of my books I can use in a clinical session, or bibliotherapy with kids.
True Friendship is sweet
Emerson Ruth Johnson is a full of life, a racially sheltered, six-year-old African American girl from New York. In this story, Emerson experiences for the first time how different life can be in southern Georgia. Having only been taught that diversity is what makes us all special and what makes friendships so sweet…What new lessons will she learn while meeting and making friends? Will her new friendship allow her to start the conversation when it comes to embracing diversity? Find out as Emerson shares her sweet tale of friendship.
“In the times that we are living in now I feel that it is essential to have the conversations early with our children about race, and differences so that they learn to embrace and see their uniqueness as a part of what makes them special and important to the world.”