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ANIMATED INSIGHTS BY SHANNON MUIR – San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Reflections


Tuesdays, ANIMATED INSIGHTS BY SHANNON MUIR takes you inside Shannon’s latest reflections on writing, animation, and life in general.  To catch up on all posts, check out the Animated Insights portion of the website! This installment discusses her thoughts on Comic-Con International: San Diego for 2017.

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Pick Up at Union Station Cover


Gary Reilly


Running Meter Press (June 19, 2015)



Who finishes dinner and does “the dish”?

Who wants to earn only the precise amount of money—and no more?

Who wonders why anybody wants to “do” anything?

Who hides his daily cab-driving earnings in his copy of Finnegan’s Wake, the one book he knows that nobody will ever steal?

His name is Brendan Murphy, a.k.a. “Murph.”

He is the self-deprecating anti-hero , so far, of six novels in The Asphalt Warrior series. The seventh, Pick Up At Union Station, comes out on Friday, June 19.

Murph is one of a kind. He lives alone in his crow’s nest apartment in Denver. He tries, desperately, to never get involved in the lives of his fares (and usually fails). He tries to write a best-selling novel as a ticket to fame, but does more thinking and fretting than writing. He has a problem with developing plots. He’s afraid of being stuck writing “formula fiction” and worries that he might be seen as having even too little talent “to sink that low.”

Murph is the alter-ego of his creator, Gary Reilly.  Gary died in 2011, leaving behind 25 completed novels (11 of those featuring “Murph”). Like Murph, none of Gary’s novel-length fiction was ever published. “I really ought to stop writing novels and try to fail at something more realistic,” thinks Murph. “Like cliff diving.”

Murph is getting noticed. So is Gary Reilly. Two of the six books to date have been named as finalists in the prestigious Colorado Book Awards (Ticket to Hollywood in 2013 and Doctor Lovebeads in 2014).  And last December, a book reviewer on National Public Radio raved about the series as among the best books he had read that year. He called Murph’s approach to life “huge fun.”

Why? Because Murph is refreshing. He’s got a unique approach. He wonders, at the deepest levels and always with humor, about fundamental motivations in life. He is a diehard Bohemian. Every move in life deserves careful measure. Murph is a master over-thinker. The smallest decisions are thoroughly evaluated. Murph tried the corporate environment once, a fictional office he refers to as “Dyna-Plex,” but didn’t comprehend its function or purpose—or his role in the organization. “The problem with Dyna-Plex was that you had to pretend to be working when you sat at your desk,” says Murph. “As far as I was concerned that was taking fraud just a little too far.”

He bailed and returned to the world of driving a cab.

But Murph is not an embittered loner. As the world passes through his back seat, Murph shows us over and over that he’ll go out of his way to make things right. He returns a lost purse—and gets tangled up in a murder investigation. He goes looking for two missing girls—and finds himself going donning hippie garb to go undercover in a Boulder commune. He inadvertently gives a bank robber a ride—and wrestles with a decision that could change the entire trajectory of his life.

Murph relishes his loner status but at every turn demonstrates his complete entanglement in the world and his willingness to help, when needed.

Murph’s perspective on the world, like all great literature (yes, literature), is one-of-a-kind. Murph, of course, is Gary Reilly’s alter-ego, and Murph very much embodied Gary’s musings on the world and what motivates people to get out of bed and go about their business, whatever it is.

I read all the Murph novels when Gary was still around, when I had the chance to tell him how hard I had laughed.  I think Gary thought about life harder than anyone I ever met. He was amused by motivation, organizations, personal goals, agendas and egos. He poured his heart and soul into Murph.

You’ve heard of unreliable narrators? Murph is the opposite. He’s truthful—and funny as hell—to the bone.


Mark Stevens is the Denver-based author of the Allison Coil Mystery Series—Antler Dust (2007), Buried by the Roan (2011), Trapline (2014) and Lake of Fire (Sept., 2015). Buried by the Roan was a 2012 finalist for The Colorado Book Award. Trapline won the 2015 Colorado Authors League Award for genre fiction and is a finalist for the 2015 Colorado Book Award. Mark is co-owner, along with Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Mike Keefe, of Running Meter Press, the publishing house that is bringing Gary Reilly’s works to readers everywhere.



Gary Reilly was a writer.

Simply stated, that was the essence of the man.

Born in Arkansas City, Kansas he spent his early years in Kansas and Colorado in a large Irish-Catholic family–seven brothers and sisters. The family moved to Denver where Gary attended parochial high school, graduating in 1967.

He served two years in the army, including a tour in Vietnam as a military policeman.

After discharge, Gary majored in English at Colorado State University and continued studies at the Denver campus of the University of Colorado.

All along, his overarching ambition was to write fiction. And he did, prodigiously. His first published short story, The Biography Man, was included in the Pushcart Prize Award anthology in 1979.

Later he turned to novels, several based on his army experiences. While he wrote both serious and genre fiction, his greatest invention was the character, Murph, a likable, bohemian Denver cab driver. Starting with The Asphalt Warrior, Gary cranked out eleven Murph novels.

His dedication to writing did not include self promotion. Instead of seeking agents and publishers, he focussed on his craft, writing and rewriting, polishing to perfection. He wrote well over twenty novels before he thought he was ready make his work public.

Unfortunately, he passed away in March, 2011, before he could realize that dream.

Friends and family remember Gary as a fun-loving, generous soul who always had time for other writers, helping them shape their work, getting it ready for print.

Now, through Running Meter Press and Big Earth Publishing in Boulder, Colorado, Gary Reilly’s fiction is finally coming to bookstores in Colorado and across the nation.

Catch INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS’ previous guest post with co-publisher Mike Keefe about Gary Reilly on the companion Tumblr site, containing the “best of” the site prior to 2015!









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Samantha Lien is owner of Roger Charlie, a company that specializes in publicity and management for creative professionals – particularly authors, musicians and small businesses. Through her years of experience in marketing and management for a variety of industries, she has curated an abundant network of contacts in the music and literary world, and loves working to support those who value a more personal approach through communications so that they can stay focused on their craft.

At what point do you think an author is ready to promote, and if ready, what should an author do to take that step?

Great question! And so important because you want to get the most bang for your book when you’re spending your hard-earned money on promotions.

There are really five best times to hire a publicist to promote your title:
● If you have a book that is scheduled to be published in the near future (generally, 3-6 months). This means your book has been edited, ready-for-print and officially scheduled for a release date. The lead time gives us time to do all of the legwork on the front end so that coverage and events roll-out right around launch.
● If you already have a book that you published within the last year and you want to drum up some new exposure and interest in your title.
● If your book has been published within the last year and a recent national headline has brought the subject matter to the forefront of discussion. This makes your book topical and of great interest to the general public.
● If your title is undergoing a reprint – this is a great time to alert outlets about the re-release and to share a new cover or angle on your story.
● If you have a business where your book would be a great selling tool or aid in awareness of your company and it’s mission.

I would also stress it’s so important to shop around and find someone that’s a best fit for you. Publicity is really a team effort, and you’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable with whomever you choose to work.

How does an author benefit from working with a promotion partner versus working on the author’s own?

Really what it boils down to is time. Publicity is a full time job, and just as authors spend their hours pouring their creative ideas and stories onto blank pages for us all to enjoy, we spend our time crafting quality pitches and relevant angles to appeal to an audience best-suited for their book, and developing and maintaining relationships with media, bloggers, bookstores and other organizations who will help in sharing the story.

I’ve spoken with a handful of authors who say it’s so easy to promote someone else’s content, but they have an extremely difficult time doing that for themselves. I think the old adage is true that “it takes a village.” I hate to see someone burnt out on doing it all on their own when they can hire someone like me to focus on what we do best so that authors (and other creative professionals) can do the same.

What made you decide to go into book promotion?

It all came about really naturally, actually! I was just finishing up my Masters in Business and Entertainment Management at University of Colorado – Denver and had a family member that is a published author recommend a literary publicity firm to me. She had worked with them for a few years and constantly raved about how wonderful they are (and they are!), and she thought I would be a great fit for their team. I called the founder, and a week later, flew to meet her and her team in New York City at Book Expo America. I ended up staying with the firm just under four years, and just recently branched out on my own in January so that I could further expand into offering publicity for two more passions of mine – music and small business.

Are there any type of books that you prefer to promote, and if so, why?

I’m all over the place, and honestly – it’s more that I prefer to promote authors who are passionate about their project.  That sounds like an easy answer, because who isn’t passionate about their writing, right? But when that drive is truly there, I really think that it translates and influences the direction of my efforts, too. Success abounds when everyone has a positive attitude and is willing to think outside of the box to promote their book!

What do you feel is unique about your approach?

I think I just answered that in your question above! I really value a distinctly personal approach in promotion, and love working with those who feel the same.

Do you personally have thoughts on the influence and power of words?

Words really have the power to change how people view the world around them. I mean, look at all of the ways there are for us all to connect through conversation – especially online!
It’s so easy to get sucked into what someone else puts out there (even in 140 characters on Twitter) and often forget what your own perception is.

Ultimately, I think it’s essential to really know what you stand for and who you are so you can take in the positive, shield yourself from the negative, and most importantly, know how your own words can impact those who you come in contact with everyday.  I really admire those who choose to deliver their message in such a unique way – like through stories or musical lyrics – that offer up such significance in our lives.

Did that just sound like a Miss America answer? Haha! 🙂

How can people find out more?


I’d love to hear from you! In addition to publicity for authors, I also support musicians and small business, so stop by Roger Charlie, and if you or someone you know might benefit from my services, definitely get in touch and we can talk! My e-mail is
You can also find me on social media, and I’d love to connect!









Thank you so much for hosting me for an interview, Shannon!


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