PubliShed Books

Writers Connection has published three non-fiction books.


A Long Way from Paris



Named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year

“You will weep…you will laugh.” Kirkus Reviews 

“Flecked with humor and bittersweet candor.” The Bellingham Herald


“Energetic prose, blending poetic description…brings to vivid, eye-popping life the rural landscape. Rich with history, Murray’s literary and philosophical reflections give the memoir substance.” Publishers Weekly

“A rich, lucid debut memoir… Murray writes with grace, complexity and humor… a rare balance of light and darkness…you will weep and you will laugh.” Kirkus Reviews

Cited as “New and Noteworthy” by Seattle Times

“Murray writes with humor and courage…as adventurous as “Eat, Pray Love”…with a little of Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild” thrown in. Yakima Herald

“Flecked with humor and bittersweet candor.” The Bellingham Herald

“This account captures the essence of coming of age.”  Kitsap Sun

“A riveting read. Murray engages the senses every step of the way.” Scott Driscoll, University of Washington, author of Better You Go Home

“Murray is both a sharp observer of the local color and a cartographer of her own internal geography, making A Long Way from Paris as richly textured as fromage de chèvre.” Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters, winner of the 2014 Pacific Northwest Book Award and 2014 Washington State Book Award

“She beautifully explores her deep awareness of the land, an unfolding appreciation of hard work and the importance of family. The result is a fascinating journey filled with wisdom, grace and compassion.” Carlene Cross, author of The Undying West, Fleeing Fundamentalism 

“EC Murray brings the reader to the haunting, godforsaken beauty of the French Pyrenees…living a life stripped down to the basics, her senses, intuition, and heart must take over. It is a thoughtful, heartwarming journey…that leads…to the core of life.” Beth Corcoran, Lévis-Lauzon College, Quebec

“Written with beauty, candor and wit.” Wendy Hinman, author of Tightwads on the Loose

“Totally engrossing and imbued with both humor and heartbreak.  Murray has infused the everyday with meaning and adventure.” Carol Wissmann, Freelance writer, editor, and speaker.

“The more she dug, unveiling more intimate, personal material, the more she felt compelled to write, rather than inspired.” Springfield Republican, MassLive

“Anyone who’s struck out on the road to find themselves (and those who’ve wanted to!) will surely see themselves in E.C. Murray’s lovely and nicely rendered A LONG WAY FROM PARIS.” Theo Pauline Nestor, author of WRITING IS MY DRINK.

“This is one of my favorite memoirs out of over 500 which I’ve read and taught. It is all about the simple beguiling power of internal growth. The story unfolds through the use of Elizabeth’s daily journal while she tended goats as a young American woman in southern France. Almost imperceptibly, we are drawn into her experiences, reflections, memories and challenges. We start to care about the people and animals for whom she cares: the Fontaine family, their neighbours, her Australian fellow goat-herder, the goats themselves. All come alive as “Ay-leez-a-bett-a” grows with and through their struggles. It’s an adventure story, a love tale, a travelogue. We breathe the air, we taste the wine, we see the mountains in the mists and we walk for free through beautiful rugged ancient Languedoc. Elizabeth Murray’s sincere and emotionally touching account of her time in southern France stirred my soul.” Dr. Maureen Slattery, Former Vice-Dean Faculty of Human Sciences at University of Ottawa and St. Paul University; Montreal, Canada

“EVERYWOMAN—and her daughter—should read this book, brimming with gentle insights and strength of spirit, as sometimes we, like the author, mistakenly believe ourselves bereft of both.” Carol Wissmann, freelance writer, editor, and speaker.

Two Tiny Books



Insightful tips from writers in and around Seattle.

Read in less than an hour

Fulfill your passion to write! Thirty of Seattle’s most respected writers offer advice for aspiring writers, for writers facing the accursed “writer’s block,” and for those who want to improve their skills. What’s a step outline? Do I need to get an MFA? What’s the best way to get started in the morning? How do I motivate myself? E.C. Murray gathered insightful tips from her Writer’s Connection interviews ( in this slim volume of authors, poets, essayists and screen writers advice. Use these insightful tips to boost your motivation, overcome frustration and spark your writing.

Writers included are: Garth Stein, Erik Larson, Debbie Macomber, Elizabeth George, Theo Nestor, Bruce Barcott, Jim Lynch, Jonathan Evision, Hank Searls, Carla Seaquist, Randall Platt, Langdon Cook, William Dietz, Mike Lawson, Carol Cassella, Sheila Roberts, Susan Rich, Stephanie Kallos, Jamie Ford, Scott Driscoll, Marissa Meyer, Ryan Boudinot, Michele Torrey, JA Jance, Anca Szilágyi, Waverly Fitzgerald, Ann Hedreen, Diane Mettler, Kelli Russell Agodon, and Bharti Kirchner.  

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Life Kind of Sucks

ANOTHER TINY BOOK – Read in less than an hour  

“Life Kind of Sucks,” beautifully illustrated by award winning artist Germaine Austin, is based on being a Mom and a social worker. When life feels rough, when nothing comes easily, when one is anxious or depressed or sad or confused, here’s a mini-book with some fresh ideas. It isn’t an anecdote for the hard times per se, but hopefully, it will provide tools to make each day go a little more smoothly.  Life Kind of Sucks  is filled with ideas for people of all ages, girls and boys, men and women, who are in a funk. It’s especially popular with teen boys and girls and older women.