Actor Chad Michael Murray turns to graphic novels

Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:19am EST
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By Lianna B. Baker

NEW YORK (Reuters) - When actor Chad Michael Murray is not playing a teen heartthrob on TV and in the movies, he moonlights as a comic book writer staying up late at night to polish off a dark, end of days story he has created.

Murray's rookie graphic novel "Everlast" is being published this month by Archaia Entertainment after eight years of nurturing the tale about a man looking to save chosen people before mankind faces annihilation on Earth.

The 30-year-old actor told Reuters in a recent interview that the idea for the End of Days-themed story came to him while he was filming the show "One Tree Hill," in which he portrayed the character Lucas Scott. He left the show in 2009 but will return in 2012 for an episode.

Murray said he was inspired to write the book after a man knocked on his door to evangelize in North Carolina.

"The man said 144,000 people would be left to survive the end of days and it spurred a lot of ideas. What if that was true? How would you choose these people?" Murray said.

This notion of how survivors would be chosen gave Murray the idea for the hero of his novel "Everlast," Derek Everlast, whose calling in life is to find and protect the people who are going to survive the apocalypse.

"I've been writing for years but this was the first thing I ever followed through with," Murray said, adding he does most of his writing late at night.

Murray took his idea straight to Stephen Christy, the editor-in-chief of comic book publisher Archaia.   Continued...