My name is Jacqui Murray. I’ve been a teacher for over thirty years, fifteen at the college level teaching business and the last almost twenty as a K-12 technology teacher. I have a Bachelors in Russian, in Economics and a Masters in Business. I believe in education and use every bit of what I’ve learned to thrive in today’s world.
Lately–the past twenty+ years, I’ve considered myself a writer (I’m still teaching–I hate being bored). I wrote a book called Building a Midshipman about how my daughter got into the Naval Academy. It’s more than a personal journey, it’s a how-to for every high school student interested in acceptance to an Ivy league college. I edited a series of nine computer workbooks for grades K-8. all available on Amazon.com or through the publisher, and then I wrote a passel of books and ebooks on how to integrate technology into the K-12 classroom. I also write tech columns for NEA Today and a variety of other tech-in-ed ezines.
That’s my geek side. My other passion is fiction–thrillers, action, that sort of novel. I won the Southern California Writers Conference’s Outstanding Fiction Award for my debut thriller, To Hunt a Sub. Reviewers called it ‘strongly written’ with ‘interesting and unique plot hooks’. The sequel, Twenty-four Days,was also well-received. Its protagonist is the USS Bunker Hill, one of America’s most capable warships with more weapons than any other ship in the fleet. The next in the series will be out 2024.
Then I focused on prehistoric fiction with my saga, Man vs. Nature. It’s a series of trilogies set in seminal times of man’s evolution. The first is Dawn of Humanity, about Homo habilis, with one book completed, Born in a Treacherous Time. The second in the trilogy, Against All Odds, will be out 2021. The second trilogy, featuring Homo erectus, is Crossroads with the first two books out, Survival of the Fittest and Quest for Home. The third and final, In the Footsteps of Giants, will be out Winter 2021.
I love writing–always have–so this blog will cover writing topics, with brief forays into other things. If you know writers, we’re intrigued by everything around us. Life is full of characters, plot lines, unique settings, and we want to experience it all. I share it with like-minded writers on my writer blog, WordDreams (this blog). I have two other blogs. One Ask a Tech Teacher, technology tips and tricks to accompany the books I write. One USNA or Bust–a how-to in getting accepted to the Naval Academy and what life is like if you do. T
I live in California with my husband and beautiful Labrador, Casey. I spend as much time as possible with my Naval Officer daughter and my Army Signal Corps Sergeant son. They are my passion. You can contact me by visiting the Contact Me page.
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