About Debra Murphy

Debra Murphy

Debra Murphy, writer

I’m a fiction writer, blogger, fangirl, and the materfamilias of Clan Murphy in southern Oregon.

I am passionate about Speculative Fiction and SciFi/Fantasy, Arthurian lit and legends, the history and lore of the Pacific Northwest and the “Mythical State of Jefferson,” Shakespeare, and everything I call “Wyrdery”, from esoteric philosophy to mythology to Alternative History to utopian/dystopian visions.

The 411

I studied History in college. Why? Because I thought understanding the human journey was indispensable for fictional world-building, and I wanted to write novels. Big fat world-building novels like the Russians used to write, and have now become the domain of SFF authors like Tolkien and King and Martin. Me, I’ve published only one so far, but if it’s taken me longer than usual to get the second one out there, it’s because I was swept off my feet at a tender age by a wonderful man, and we’ve spent the better part of the last four decades raising a large family of amazing, inspiring kids.

Vienna State Opera House, where I saw my first opera, Beethoven's Fidelio. Photo by Peter Haas via Wikimedia Commons

Vienna State Opera House. I saw my first opera here, Beethoven’s Fidelio. (Photo by Peter Haas via Wikimedia Commons)

I met Daniel on a study abroad program in Austria, where we were exposed to world-class theatre, opera, and literature. We’ve lived in quite a few places since then, and visited a dozen countries, but four decades, five states, seven cats, one dog, and six children later, Daniel and I have made our home in the “Mythical State of Jefferson,” that imaginary 51st state somewhere between Oregon and California. I love this part of the country so much I’ve set my series-in-progress in it.

Welcome to my world.

Mount Shasta (California) from Mount Ashland (Oregon)

Mount Shasta (California) from Mount Ashland (Oregon)