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Mary as Writer

There is no stopping the creative fire in the belly of Mary Murphy.

In August 2023, Mary released her seventh book – the  substantially revised novel, The Emerald Diaries -Secrets of an Irish Clan. This book was as a finalist for the 2023 International Page Turner Awards for both the novel and the cover design.

Speaking Of  (released in late 2022) is an eclectic book of multi-genre stories spanning numerous locations, including Greece, America, Ireland, Scotland and Canada. This book contains one novella, one novelette, many short stories, flash fiction and a few poems.

In summer of 2023, Mary Murphy once again collaborated with illustrator, Fiona Van Housen, to create a whimsical garden adventure, Sweet Peas & Bees. This is their fourth children’s book collaboration and is filled with original watercolours from Fiona. Audio and extras are included.

There is also a children’s trilogy with audio – Away with the FairiesThese fairy books are complete with audio of Mary reading the content and delivering character voices. Whistler Book Awards said, “It takes skill to bring this diversity of dialogue to a story, and even more so to create an array of different voices and accents for the audio version.”

This immersive, multi-genre writer does not shy away from diversity of thought but rather embraces the challenges that it sets forth.

Mary is also a prolific musician, writing, recording and releasing ten full-length CDs (which include several Irish language pieces). She has added her voice and whistle to countless artistic projects (including a feature film), has been a touring artist for many years and is co-owner of Dove Creek Recording Studios (DCR is still operational, just closed to the general public as of 2023 after twenty highly successful years.)

Her releases have been hailed as “superlative and engrossing” by reviewers, readers, and listeners. Ms Murphy, born in Wexford, Ireland, is the mother of two grown children and currently lives on Vancouver Island, Canada, with her husband Paul, a dog named Norah and a cat named Turtle.


Praise for Speaking Of

“This is a beautiful piece of writing. It is observational, descriptive, thought provoking and fully realised.  There is an intuitive mind at work and a subtle curiosity here that values the reader. It rewards them with a bouquet of delightful stories that beguile and charm with equal measure.”

~ John O’Regan, Journalist/Broadcaster/Lecturer RTE/LCCR – Eclectic Celt, Ireland

“Your writing – weaves into the gardens of fine Irish wordsmiths. Yer a talented wee divil, so keep ‘dippin the pen’ and dream up more yarns, more of your lush images – that have stirred memories and emotions.”

~ Will Millar (Founder of The Irish Rovers)

“Our book club devoured Mary Murphy’s first book, ‘The Emerald Diaries’, and we can’t wait to get our mitts on ‘Speaking Of’. Mary has a way of connecting with the reader on a deep level to the point where the characters jump to life, right off the page, to sit with us as the story unfolds. The room gets very crowded.”

~ Lori K,  New York Book Club