Victoria Christopher Murray

Victoria Christopher Murray

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
May 2002

1. How did you come about the title for the novel "Joy"?

I thought all the readers would be able to answer this one...the title came from the scripture, "Weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning." That's how I end the book.

2. What inspired you to write the novel "Joy"?

The word inspired is always interesting to me. I write for a career, so I can't say that each book was "inspired." What I can say is that I, like every other writer, developed a story line and went with it. I wanted to show that on a very hot topic like abortion, Christians had all different beliefs. As Christians, we don't all believe the same thing. Then other parts of the story just came together.

3. Who is Victoria Christopher Murray?

Interesting question: I am a Christian woman who believes the most important things in life are God and family. I was married for twenty years until my husband passed away in September and I have a twelve year old daughter. Oh....and I'm a writer.

4. How did you come about the plot for "Joy?" (See question 2)


5. How did you develop the characters for Anya, Braxton, Sasha and Madear character?

Based on the story that I wanted to write, I developed two characters (Anya and Braxton) who had different ideas on the issue of abortion. The characters actually develop themselves as I write the story. The same is true about Madear and Sasha. All of the characters are in the book to develop the point that Christians believe different things. And, to show that Christians vary in their understanding and level of faith.

6. How did you come about Alaister character?

I developed Alaister the very same way as I did the other characters. There's nothing deep or secretive about how my characters come to life. Alaister became important because I wanted to develop suspense.

7. Without giving anything away, why did you chose to allow Anya to become pregnant?

Anya became pregnant because that was the point of the story. To handle the abortion issue, she had to be pregnant

8. Is it safe for me to say "Self-centered Braxton is the devil in disguised"?

No, Braxton definitely was not the devil. He was a man who loved God, but because of his upbringing had very strong feelings about what being a man meant. He wanted a wife and a family (remember...he grew up in foster homes.) He was manipulative, but he honestly felt that he was doing what was best for Anya.

9. How did you come about the situation with David concerning his father?

I wanted David to have a secret. I wasn't sure what it was going to be, but as I wrote the story, I decided to tie in David's situation with Anya's rape. Again, most of the time the situations come about as I'm writing. The situations are not planned.

10. Will there be a sequel to "Joy"


11. What type of atmosphere do you need to write?

I primarily write in my office at home. I'm surrounded by hundreds of books and complicated computer equipment that far exceeds my needs. However, I have a laptop that I use a lot during the summer. I can write anywhere - at restaurants, at the beach...especially on airplanes.

12. What message would you like readers to receive from reading "Joy"?

The primary message is that no matter what you're going through, if you just believe God and lean on God, He will comfort you - there is DEFINITELY JOY in the morning. (I speak from personal experience now.) Also, like I said before, it is important for me to show that Christians are people too and we don't all believe the same things.

13. Are there any of your personalities in any of the character?

I don't think so, but people may disagree. I was told that I'm a lot like Kyla from my first book and now people say I'm a lot like Anya. I'm certainly not trying to write about myself.