Derek Murphy is a book cover designer turned author, and writes YA fantasy instead of the PhD thesis on Milton he should be working on. Besides working on his own books, he's started a dozen sites with tools to help indie authors publish and market their books, and is committed to helping authors connect with new readers. He currently lives in Taiwan, but will be in Europe this fall, renting a castle for Nanowrimo.
New Releases

Rover: Helen of Mars Book 1

The idea for my new YA series came to me when I was watching a comedian on television, of all things. I don’t recall exactly what the performer’s line of humor was, but it had something to do with his ...
book cover design, giveaways

Free POC book covers for Vella

I’ve seen a lot of great stock, renders and book cover design resources with POC (people of color) protagonists, but premade covers with these models aren’t popular. I started designing some mockups for book cover tutorials, thinking of giving them ...
Book Reviews, New Releases

Our Next Dance

Born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota, Becca Cooper is a skilled ballet dancer who struggles with a secret that could shatter her life. Plagued by debilitating visions of a ballerina named Cassandra, the seventeen-year-old begins to discover her truth in ...
Author Interviews

Fantasy Author Interview

Chatting with Marie Navarro Interviewer – How do you select the names of your characters? Marie – Different ways. I come across names I like and keep a list. For example, Lily’s last name, Kingman, came from a place in ...

YASH pitstop

Participating in the YASH scavenger hunt? You’re in the right place. My name is Derek Murphy, and I’m hosting Pintip Dunn. Both of us write, among other things, YA dystopian novels, though we both have covers with angel wings on them. ...