About Debra Murphy

Debra-Murphy-2016I’m a fiction writer, blogger, Geek/FanGirl, and the materfamilias of Clan Murphy in Ashland, Oregon.

My passions include Speculative Fiction & SciFi/Fantasy, Arthurian lit and legends, the history and lore of the Pacific Northwest and the “Mythical State of Jefferson,” and everything I call “The Web of Wyrd,” which includes everything from comparative religion and mythology to Alternative History and Utopian/Dystopian visions.

The 411

I studied History in college. Why? Because I thought understanding the human journey was indispensable training for the worldbuilding aspect of writing novels. Epic novels. As long as I can remember I’ve wanted to write epic novels. If it took me longer than usual to get going on it, it’s because I was swept off my feet at a tender age by a wonderful man, and we spent the better part of the next three decades raising a large family. So I have more human experience to write about now than even a degree in History could offer–all gain.


Vienna Burgtheater, where my future husband and I attended many classic German language theater productions. Photo by Thomas Ledl, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

I met my husband Daniel on a U of I Study Abroad program in Austria, where we were exposed to world-class theatre, opera, and literature. Four decades, five states, seven cats, one dog, and six children later, Daniel and I live in beautiful Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Elizabethan Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The Elizabethan Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Photo by Debra Murphy

Weve lived in quite a few states and visited a dozen countries, but Ashland, the cultural center of The Mythical State of Jefferson, is the region of the Pacific Northwest I love so much I had to set my SciFan WIP in it, and begin inventing a mythology for it.