Shirley Rousseau Murphy

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Shirley Rousseau Murphy is the author of over 40 books, including the award-winning Joe Grey cat mystery series and three other novels for adults, the Dragonbards Trilogy and more for young adults, and many books for children. She grew up in southern California, riding and showing the horses her father trained. After attending the San Francisco Art institute she worked as an interior designer, and later exhibited paintings and welded metal sculpture in the West Coast juried shows. Her work could also be seen in many traveling shows in the western States and Mexico.

"When my husband Pat and I moved to Panama for a four-year tour in his position with the U. S . Courts, I put away the paints and welding torches, and began to write," she says.
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“I hope people don't take kittens on a whim, like they would a toy, then not care for them.”
Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Cat on the Money

“[At the scene of a murder]

The cats' bloodthirst was normal; it was the way God had made them. They were hunters, they killed for food and to train their young--well maybe sometimes for sport. But this violent act by some unknown human had nothing to do with hunting--for a human to brutally maim one of the own kind out of rage or sadism or greed was, to Joe and Dulcie (the cats), a shocking degradation of the human condition. To imagine that vicious abandon in a human deeply distressed Dulcie; she did not like thinking about humans that way.”
Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Cat in the Dark

“We will get you a dress with magic, just as in the stories," he said seriously.
"But they're only stories, Gillie, Magic isn’t real." 
"We will make it real.”
Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Silver Woven In My Hair

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