Being Born on Friday the 13th Begins an Eventful Life

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Anna Murray was born on Friday the 13th. While she cannot claim that all the bad luck she has ever experienced results from her inauspicious birthday, several strange events and coincidences suggest it has significantly influenced her life.

Friday the 13th is notoriously a bad luck day. Being born on Friday the 13th may be the most terrible luck of all. But how one chooses to react to life's misfortunes matters more, as Anna Murray reveals in her memoir "Born on Friday 13th" (ISBN 9781440453403, CreateSpace, 2008).

Anna Murray had an idyllic childhood in Kenya, surrounded by family and friends, and riding horses. Her birth on Friday the 13th never seemed to bother her. Then her father died. Anna took on the guilt of feeling it was her fault. Her bad luck started from there. By age fifteen, she was orphaned. She went to England to work and there met the man who would become her son's father. She married when she became pregnant, and then ironically gave birth to her son, Anthony, on Friday the 13th.

That her son was also born on Friday the 13th did not faze Anna, despite her aunt declaring it was bad luck. Even though her marriage failed soon after, Anna remained positive as she built a life for herself and her son. She actually felt it was good luck that she and Anthony shared the birth date of Friday the 13th, until her son was killed in an accident on the 13th (although not on a Friday).

Anna's bad luck followed her. She happened to fly from Paris to the U.S. on September 11th. The plane had to make an emergency landing and for days she could not reach her destination, but she points out that at least she wasn't on one of the planes taken over by terrorists -- a possible touch of good luck. Since these dramatic events, Anna has found the strength to start over. She has since moved to Virginia, where she had found love with a new man, who unfortunately was killed in a car accident in 2002.

Against all odds, Anna has persevered in finding good fortune amid the bad. "Born on Friday 13th" is an inspirational story of survival and perseverance in the face of obstacles, big and small. Anna's life has been adventurous, multi-cultural, dramatic and romantic. Anna's story affirms that people can always come out winning, even if they begin by being dealt a bad hand.

About the Author
Anna Murray was born on a Friday the 13th. She grew up in Kenya and South Africa and was orphaned at age fifteen. After she moved to England, she fell in love with the first man who came along. Their son was also born on Friday 13th. After divorcing her husband, Anna built a life for her and her son, Anthony, until he was killed in an accident at age fifteen. Anna wanted to give up living, but with support from friends, she began a new life in France while she healed from her pain. Happiness appeared on the horizon when she moved to America and stopped longing for all she had lost.

"Born on Friday 13th" (ISBN 9781440453403, CreateSpace, 2008) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.


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