Murphy was born and raised in New England, USA to a German immigrant mother and a second generation Irish father. Compelled to animal, child, political and environmental activism, she discovered the private joy and power of wordsmithing in her early years, before computers and digital media.
She holds a BS in Special Education MS in Education. Earning awards for Writing, Art, Photography and Grant Writing, she brought her gifts to a teaching career spanning over twenty years in a variety of venues including public, private and alternative, teaching students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through twelve, community college and senior centers.
Never forgetting her roots, her love for travel, world culture, transformative dialogue and cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises), she has traveled to and lived in faraway places.
She shares her country home in the city with husband Joe and peaceful cohabitation with rescued animals including a retired racing greyhound, cats and ducks.