Murmel Murmel Murmel was very strange because it started up with the words “Murmel Murmel Murmel”, which I thought of while I was washing my face one morning. It was a really funny word and I thought it would work well in a story, so I started searching around for the right story. Well, what I came up with was the book.
Murmel is actually about adoption. I made it up just as we were adopting our first son, Andrew. The little girl in the book, Robin, was a next door neighbor who was also adopted. That’s why I used her in the story. And the truck driver at the end who gets the baby is actually me, because just then I was adopting a baby.
I liked the idea of a man getting a baby, because just after we adopted Andrew I was staying home with him, but nobody would believe that I was actually staying at home and taking care of a baby. They would say “Oh no, you are actually working on your writing. We know men don’t stay home and take care of babies.” That’s why I wanted the truck driver to get the baby at the end of the book.