Chad Michael Murray Is Adorably Humble About His Graphic Novel Everlast

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We were understandably a little confused to hear that One Tree Hill star Chad Michael Murray has branched out into the world of graphic novels. It was just so unlike what you would expect of the teen-soap star, or any celebrity, for that matter; usually it's more tell-all memoirs that are ghostwritten anyway. But according to those who attended his very first book signing for his novel Everlast, Chad was nothing but humble and nervous.

Ology checked out his signing on the Upper East Side and chatted with him afterwards about his low expectations for the book. See, he hadn't really told anyone that he was writing a graphic novel. “I'm not a big talker,” he confessed, so only a few people close to him knew anything about the project. Then, when Everlast was actually going to be published, he was terrified that he wouldn't be able to fill the signings.

What's so cool is that here Chad sounds like a real writer, not just something looking to get extra royalties off yet another piece of branding.

“”The first time I had [the novel] in my hands, I just said, ‘Oh, Kenzie, there’s gonna be 30 people there and I don’t know what I’m gonna do,'” he recalled, referring to OTH-extra-turned-girlfriend Kenzie Dalton. “So it’s really, really incredible to see the support that we have right now in New York City and I know it’s all over the world.”

He needn't have worried; his OTH fanbase created the foundation for an Everlast following, something he helps by sending personal messages to (as he claims) 50-100 fans a day over Twitter. Really, he sounds a lot more savvy than we would have given him credit for.

When asked if Derek Everlast and the other characters were based on people from real life, he smiled and muttered, “I'll just say yes.” After all, he came up with the idea while on the OTH set in Wilmington, North Carolina. I wonder if we'd see co-stars James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton, or even ex Sophia Bush in the book?

But he most important thing this interview achieved is that I, as an avid comics fan, actually want to go read Everlast now.