Murray Dunlap Signs with The Ardent Writer Press for His Collection, Fires and Other Stories

On February 7, 2015 Murray Dunlap signed with Steve Gierhart and The Ardent Writer Press for the publication of his short story collection, Fires and Other Stories. Murray and Steve met for the first time on this pleasant Saturday at Author Expo 2015 at the Birmingham Central Library in which both publisher and author participated. Steve introduced Murray to several other Ardent Writer authors who also presented their books to the public.

Murray has been published in more than 50 periodicals among which are The Bark Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Post Road. His stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times, as well as to Best New American Voices. The story ‘Race Day’ was a finalist for the American Fiction Short Story Award, 2014. His first book, Bastard Blue, was published by Press 53 on 6/7/11 (The three year anniversary of a car wreck that almost killed him). It is a collection of short stories, all fiction.

As author Michael Knight (The Typist) says Murray’s writing is both “crisp and direct, edged somehow with both menace and hope. He has a knack for creeping up to sentiment in his stories without crossing the line, leaving only genuine, well-earned emotion on the page.”

The Ardent Writer Press welcomes Murray to the fold!  Fires will be published in the spring or summer of 201.

Murray Shows Steve a copy of his first book, "Bastard Blue" published by Press53.

Murray Shows Steve a copy of his first book, “Bastard Blue” published by Press53.

Murray Dunlap and Steve Gierhart enjoy Author Expo 2015 in Birmingham

Murray Dunlap and Steve Gierhart enjoy Author Expo 2015 in Birmingham


Steve Gierhart
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered. Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination. He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.