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M. Joseph Murphy

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in London, ON, Canada
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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…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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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 la... 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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So much fun. One of my all-time favourite books and the start to a phenomenal series. I've read this book at least five times at different points in my life. Fair warning, the attitude towards women is, occasionally, dated with far-too-easy throwing ...more
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I've been a fan of the Warlock series since the 80s but, for some reason, I skipped this book. It's probably for the best because I doubt I would have appreciated it's brilliance at that age.

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I've been a fan of the Warlock series since the 80s but, for some reason, I skipped this book. It's probably for the best because I doubt I would have appreciated it's brilliance at that age.

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I know it's a classic. I know how much it's inspired the entire fantasy genre.

As much as I tried, I could not love this book. It's not a story, plot or characterization issue. It's simply that writing styles have changed in the last 60 years. There's
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Nothing at all like I expected and a million times better than I could have hoped. My Best Friend's Exorcism might sound like a story you've heard before, but I promise you, you've never read anything like it.

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Philip José Farmer
“Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.”
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Winston S. Churchill
“Man will occasionally stumble upon the truth but most times he will pick himself up and continue on.”
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John A. Keel
“The most fearsome monsters of all may inhabit the dark corners of our mind waiting for us to release them through our believes and gullibility. the phenomenon feeds on fear and believe. Sometimes it destroys us altogether other times it leads us upwards into the labyrinth of electromagnetic frequencies that form a curtain in the area we call windows and stalk us to drink our blood and create all kinds of mischievous beliefs and misconceptions in our feeble little terrestrial minds.”
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“If you want to know the outcome of a game before the game has even started, you need to control each side.”
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“History is the lie commonly agreed upon.”
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