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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M. Joseph Murphy M. Joseph Murphy said: " The Belgariad feels like it is to be read as a whole story, not just a series of books. This is not a series you can jump into on the second book. Reading Queen of Sorcery feels effortless. The writing is crisp, clean and never intrusive. It feels mo ...more "

 

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