lived in Alaska for 24 years before returning to her hometown of Spokane, Washington. She lives there with her husband and two children, who share her love of outdoor activities and music. Murphy has a bachelor’s degree in history from Santa Clara University and a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. She taught high school in St. Mary’s, a Yup’ik Eskimo village, for three years before moving to Fairbanks, where she continued to teach. A longtime consultant with the Alaska State Writing Consortium, Murphy now teaches creative writing at Eastern Washington University. A prolific author, Murphy’s novels and nonfiction books have won many awards, and she herself has won the Contribution to Literacy Award by the Alaska Center for Books.

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