Murvel Russell Sellars, Jr. is an American paranormal, thriller and mystery writer. He is best known for his Rowan Gant Investigations series about a practicing Witch turned occult detective, who aids the Saint Louis police department in solving bizarre crimes, he is a member of the International Thriller Writers, a former member of the Horror Writers Association. Born in Fulton, Sellars spent the first one and a half years of his life on the family farm before the family relocated to Saint Louis, Missouri in the early sixties, his sister, was born in Saint Louis in December 1965. He resided in Missouri during his childhood and teen years. After graduating Ritenour High School in 1980, Sellars attended college, majoring in Journalism and Literature before pursuing a career in the growing field of computer and electronics technology, he married "Kat" Sellars in October 1987. They have one daughter, it was while working as a computer technician in the repair center for the now defunct chain, Crazy Dave's Computertrend, that Sellars met his wife, who at the time was his immediate supervisor.
He details their meeting and eventual marriage in a humorous, per his own words, "sometimes sappy," series of entries at his blog, Brainpan Leakage. Although working as a computer network and printer technician, Sellars continued to write short stories, as well as full-length novel manuscripts, he sporadically submitted them to agents in search of representation. For a period of several years, he gave up on hopes of publication, but still wrote on a regular basis. Per his own accounting, in 1995 he was looking through some of his old works and was inspired to write Harm None, which he finished in early 1996, he once again started seeking representation, after several "near misses," sold the manuscript in 1999. Harm None: A Rowan Gant Investigation was published in May 2000, became the first in the series of "Rowan Gant Investigation" novels to be published over the subsequent decade, it was followed in May 2001 by Never Burn A Witch: A Rowan Gant Investigation, the original working title of Harm None.
In addition to the "RGI" series he has written short works of fiction for anthologies, in 2010 launched a second series centered around a different protagonist, FBI Special Agent Constance Mandalay, a recurring character in the Rowan Gant novels. Sellars refers to himself as a "seat of the pants" type of writer, starting at the beginning and working his way toward the ending, conducting research into the story and writing notes, but not creating an extensive outline. In a 2011 interview with The Big Thrill magazine he is quoted as saying he doesn't know where a story is going to take him until he gets there. In the same article, regarding research and the writing process he went on to call himself a "harmless sociopath" when it comes to getting into the mindset of a particular story, outlines his three basic rules for the process. Sellars' writing career faced a major hurdle at the outset. Due to a printing error, the initial run of the novel, Harm None, was produced from the wrong set of files, which were unedited and had been intended for use in producing Advance Review Copies.
Several thousand copies of the erroneous version made it to market. This error brought about harsh criticism from reviewers and readers regarding the typos and formatting errors, yet in many cases the novel was still praised for the story itself; the novel was reprinted with the proper, edited files, the cover was altered to distinguish between the versions. More than a decade after its release an occasional flawed copy will surface in a garage sale or second-hand bookstore, be picked up by a reader, unaware of the circumstances behind the gaff. Subsequently, Harm None will receive a fresh negative review on the web. November 2009 Sellars penned a blog entry about the longevity of the unfortunate mistake in response to a complaint email he received from a reader. Another obstacle came at the beginning of July 2001. While on a camp-out with family and friends, Sellars' appendix unexpectedly burst; as he was in a semi-remote, wooded area with no cell reception, it was necessary to transport him several miles to a two-lane highway and contact emergency services via landline from a canoe rental establishment on Highway K in Reynolds County, Missouri.
He was taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital in Ellington, which due to budget cuts, had no operational surgical facilities at that time. After being stabilized, he was transported by a second ambulance to the next closest medical center, Lucy Lee Hospital in Poplar Bluff, Missouri where he underwent emergency surgery; as a result of the extended transport time allowing for the spread of infection in his abdomen, he remained hospitalized for a week, the first two days of which were "touch and go" according to his doctor. Late 2003, following the death of Sellars' father, Murvel Rusell Sellars, SR. A rumor began surfacing - within the alternative spirituality community - that M. R. Sellars was dead, that the person making appearances was a shill hired by the family to promote his novels, which were being released posthumously by his estate. Although Sellars and his publicist debunked the rumor on several occasions, there were a few holdouts who would cite his father's obituary as proof that he was dead though Murvel Russell Sellars, JR. is mentioned as his surviving son.
It has been posited that exaggerated re-tellings via "the grapevine" about Sellars' emergency surgery in 2001, followed by his father's death in 2003 gave rise to the story. In any event, the rumor eventually
Carleton-sur-Mer is the fifth largest town of the Gaspésie's south shore, in southeastern Quebec, located on Route 132, along the Baie des Chaleurs. The town's territory includes the communities of Biron, Caps-de-Maria, Carleton and Saint-Omer. Around 1756, seven families of exiled Acadians arrived in Tracadigash from Bonaventure and Restigouche, following their deportation from Beaubassin, Nova-Scotia, in 1755. Charles Dugas and Benjamin LeBlanc were the original founders. In 1772, Abbé Joseph-Mathurin Bourg, first accredited Acadien priest, arrived from Quebec City, he conducted the first census of Tragadigash where he listed the following family names: Allard, Arseneau, Barriot, Berthelot, Bujold, Cormier, Francis, Leblanc, Richard. A three page correspondence to the governor, dated 7 April 1784, stated described land use "Endorsed: A list of the inhabitants of Tracadigache and the quantity of land each inhabitant has improved" which averaged 3 to 12 arpents per man. In 1787, American Loyalists found their way to Tracadigash which resulted in the parish changing its name from Saint-Joseph de Tracadièche to Saint-Joseph de Carleton in honour of General Guy Carleton.
On October 4, 2000, the municipalities of Carleton and Saint-Omer were reunited after 100 years of separation and the new town thus formed was called Carleton–Saint-Omer. On May 7, 2005, the name was changed to Carleton-sur-Mer. After the arrival of the first Acadians in 1756, the territory of Saint-Omer was included in the Parish of Saint Joseph de Tracadièche and had a common history with Carleton; as more of the population shifted west, numbers justified creating a new parish, in 1899, the Parish of Saint-Omer came to be, approved by the government in 1902. For 100 years, Saint-Omer functioned as municipality, its economy depended on fishing and forestry. Saint-Omer had its own elementary schools but its teenagers attended Carleton's École Polyvalente. On October 4, 2000, the municipalities of Saint-Omer and Carleton were united and named Carleton-Saint-Omer; the small agricultural and forestry village of Saint-Louis de Gonzague, 8 kilometers north of Saint-Omer, was established by the Government of Quebec to encourage economic development.
The Biron section was shut down by the Quebec government in 1972. Five people remained residents of the village to work the land. In 2002, the Gaspé union paysanne held its yearly Fête de l'union paysanne gaspésienne there. Mother tongue: English as first language: 2.3% French as first language: 96.3% English and French as first language: 0.2% Other as first language: 1.1% Carleton's economy relied mostly on agriculture and forest products. The deep water wharf allowed for large international vessels to load lumber. Tourism was, from the beginnings, a significant aspect of the economy due in large part to its beaches and warm water temperature; the Carleton Wind Farm was commissioned in 2008 and is contributing electricity to Hydro-Québec's grid. The École Antoine Bernard high school and its students were the subject of the 2014 documentary film, Guidelines; the bilingual singer/songwriter Kevin Parent went to high school here at École Antoine-Bernard CHAU-DT Commission scolaire René-Lévesque Elementary schools: École Bourg, École des Audomarois High school: École Antoine-Bernard de Carleton College: Centre d'études collégiales de Carleton Continuing education: Groupe Collégia University: Université du Québec à Rimouski École St-Joseph Grades 1-3 Ceased operation as a primary school in about 2000.
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