About the Author

Clella Murray’s writing interests came to fruition after retirement, with the publication of her first book, A Bite of Magic, an adult fairy tale with recipes. A sequel to this popular book, A Second Helping of Magic, came out the next year. A new magic book, Matrimonial Magic and Mayonnaise combines fun recipes with a story of the wedding from Hell.

Murray's  three mystery-adventure novels describe the role of a French undercover agency in unraveling intrigue and murder. The Chinese Treasure follows theft of valuables from the tomb in Xian, China to Oxford, England. A Pox on You is a chillingly possible, fiction account of the threat of smallpox as a political and military weapon. The third mystery, VX: A Deadly Mist explores the devastation of chemical weapons. Murray received the first prize in fiction from the Delaware Press  Association  (DPA) for her mystery books.  A Pox on You and VX: A Deadly Mist won second prize and third prize respectively in fiction from the National Federation of Press Women’s 2003 Competition.

The author's latest book, Dangerous Journey, Adventures of  A Yong Family Traveling West in 1799, is a historical fiction book for preteens  based on a true story told in 11-year old Lucy Howe’s journal, published as “Grandma Trowbridge’s Little Book” in 1875..

A native Iowan, Murray graduated with a BS in biology from Smith College and an MS in genetics and embryology from the University of Michigan. Following employment in genetics research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, Murray, husband Richard, and two daughters moved to Newark, Delaware where Murray developed an interest in computer-based education. Murray programmed and wrote manuals for the Office of Computer-Based Education at the University of Delaware and Writers, Inc. In addition she has published non-fiction articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Delaware Today.

All of Murray’s books may be ordered on the internet.  Refer to the Order Books page for details. 

SUMMARY OF PUBLICATIONS AND PROGRAMMING IN COMPUTER-BASED EDUCATION

* Supervised publication of five issues of the yearly summative report (PLATO and IBM systems).  Initiated and edited two issues of the quarterly OIT newsletter using desk-top-publishing lessons (Macintosh).  Edited text, checked stats and layouts, arranged for printing and distribution, and wrote reports and documentation.

* Designed the glossary and worked on the template design for the interactive-video Agriculture Project.  Designed and added student interaction to eight lessons for the Statistics Project (VAX 11780).

* Coordinated through publication, thirty-two lessons for Consumer Economics Project.  Rewrote the manual that explains PLM to students.

* Programmed Senses, a PLATO agriculture lesson, and converted Grayscale, an art lesson, to Micro PLATO.

* Trained eleven librarians to use computers and help patrons of the Newark Free Library.  Prepared training manual.

SUMMARY OF PUBLICATIONS IN WRITER'S, INC.
* Wrote and edited manual for DuPont Savannah River Plant. 
* Edited reports to fulfill government regulations for DuPont Agriculture Experimental Station.


WRITTEN PUBLICATIONS

The American Naturalist.  Vol. XC, No. 854, 323 (1956), "Further Studies on the reversal in the Seedling Height Dose Curve at Very High Levels of Ionizing Radiations," Drew Schwartz and Clella E. Bay.

Delaware Today, April, 1974, p. 36, "The Young Bring Back the Horse," Clella B. Murray.  (This involved identifying sources, interviewing contacts and interpreting data.)

Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 8, 1974, p14, "Pop Goes the Art," Clella B. Murray.  (A profile study of an artist consisting of interviews plus condensing published materials on the artist.)

Basic Survival Skills, 1979, "Consumer Awareness,"  Clella Bay Murray.  (A 115 page booklet written for the elderly and funded by the Division of Aging in cooperation with the College of Human Resources,  University of Delaware.)

Evening Journal, Wilmington Journal, Wilmington, Delaware, November 27, 1980, "There is a Good Case to Be Made for Plan Omega," Suzanne K, Steinmetz and Clella bay Murray.  (An article analyzing population statistics and projecting future growth regions.)

Several book reviews for the Newark Post newspaper.

A 500-page manual for DuPont Savannah River Project engineer to start-up system and track nuclear waste and worked on about twenty EPA regulatory reports on Agricultural chemicals for DuPont Agricultural Experimental Station.  Both manual and reports are confidential in nature.

EDITED PUBLICATIONS

Basic Survival Skills, 1979, "Safety in the Home," Carol Smith and Karen Stein.

Basic Survival Skills, 1979, "Nutrition and health," Sarah Roberts Faulk.

Basic Survival Skills, 1979, "Energy Efficiency," Karen E. Schaeffer.

Ninth Summative,  July 1, 1984, Office of Computer-Based Instruction, University of Delaware, Fred Hofstetter, 250 pages.

Tenth Summative, July 1, 1985, Office of Computer-Based Instruction, University of Delaware, Fred Hofstetter, 261 pages.

Eleventh Summative, July 1. 1986, Office of Computer-Based Instruction, University of Delaware, Fred Hofstetter, 263 pages.

1986-87 Summative, July 1, 1987 Office of Computer-Based Instruction, University of Delaware, Fred Hofstetter, 250 pages.

Instructional Technology News, (1987, January). Office of Instructional Technology, University of Delaware.

Instructional Technology News, (1987, March). Office of Instructional Technology, University of Delaware.

Instructional Technology News, (1987, Summer). Office of Instructional Technology, University of Delaware.

Instructional Technology News, (1987, Fall). Office of Instructional Technology, University of Delaware.

Instructional Technology News, (1988, Spring). Office of Instructional Technology, University of Delaware.

Instructional Technology News, (1988, Summer). Office of Instructional Technology, University of Delaware.