M. Joseph Murphy

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Joseph Murphy was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. He earned his geekdom at an early age. He read X-Men comics from at the age of 8 and it only went downhill from there.

As a teenager he wrote short stories and wanted to be the next Stephen King. Instead of horror, however, he kept writing fantasy stories. After surviving high school as a goth with a purple mohawk, he studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor.

When not writing, Joseph works as Lead Accounting instructor at Everest College. He also lectures to other businesses on outside-the-box marketing. He lives in Windsor, ON (right across the stream from Detroit, Michigan) with his husband, two cats, and shy-but-friendly ghost.

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M. Joseph Murphy There's no such thing as writer's block. Anyone that claims to have writer's block is just being lazy. Being a writer is work. Don't feel like writing…moreThere's no such thing as writer's block. Anyone that claims to have writer's block is just being lazy. Being a writer is work. Don't feel like writing? Suck it up buttercup and get your butt in front of the computer.

On a more gentle note, I read Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" over 20 years ago. Whenever I'm overcome with laziness or I'm unsure I want to write anymore, I go through the exercises in that book. A must if you feel "blocked" in any way.(less)
M. Joseph Murphy Easy. Hearing from the fans. There is nothing like seeing the look in someone's eyes after they've read your work and been transported somewhere else.…moreEasy. Hearing from the fans. There is nothing like seeing the look in someone's eyes after they've read your work and been transported somewhere else. I like getting paid but you can't put a price tag on that.(less)
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Should You Design Your Own Book Cover


On the latest edition of Open Book, I lead a discussion on whether or not independent authors should design their own book covers.


It comes down to three basic questions.

HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE WITH GRAPHIC DESIGN?If the answer is you've never done anything artistic or related to graphic design in your life, then NO, you should not design your own cover. You can learn. It is never too late Read more of this blog post »
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A Fallen Hero Rises (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: Three hundred of years ago, a group of heroes imprisoned a dark god in a hell dimension known as the Void. Since then, the people of Maghe Sihre have lived in relative peace. Now, a secret war starts at the edge of civilization. A young man from Earth, Tadgh Dooley, is burdened with a dangerous and impossible power. He is fod sel-onde, born with the ability to warp the fabric of reality. An unknown force draws him to Maghe Sihre and, in doing so, cracks open the Void. Can Tadgh gain control over his power before it's too late? And what does the appearance of the Sword of Kassandra mean for the people of Maghe Sihre?
Council of Peacocks (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: There is a dark world, hidden in plain sight, filled with vengeful djinn and shadowy demons. The Council of Peacocks, a group of ruthless wizards, has plans for the human race.For centuries they have plotted and schemed. Now, the moment of Activation draws near. Wisdom, an immortal sorcerer, has gathered a band of hybrid youths with extraordinary powers. They are trained to stop the Council. But there’s something that Wisdom doesn’t know. The Council is no longer working alone. If Wisdom and his students cannot stop The Council, the world as they know it will cease to exist.
Dinner (Short Story) (Horror)
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Description: Inviting the fiance home for Thanksgiving dinner takes a turn for the icky. This is one of the first short stories I felt happy with. It's in the horror genre so maybe don't read it and eat at the same time.

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M. Joseph Murphy is 20% done with Mindf*ck: Wiley is a hell of a writer dealing with subject matter that, in the wrong hands, could sound incredibly intimidating and dull. Instead, crisp clean (and incredibly accessible) language shows us how the political world nudges and tweaks our world-view with modern day psychological warfare. A must read for anyone who uses social media (or, perhaps more accurately IS USED by social media).
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“Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.”
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