Welcome to The Free Starter Library

Glad you could drop by! Here are links to the books I have out right now, I’ll be building this page into a starter library. These are actually the first half of the first novel in unique series – I wrote them as I was finishing my PhD in Literature and wanted to get something out there to make sure readers liked them before continuing. The Scarlet Thread is the most popular, but Shearwater tends to earn more glowing reviews (it’s deeper, moodier, and longer…).

I actually traveled to the sites in my books in 2016 (Ireland, Bulgaria, Delphi…) to see all the locations I mention and get a clearer picture. I’ve just put my books back into Kindle Unlimited so they aren’t available on ibooks anymore, but I’ll add some links soon so you can download the epub or PDF.



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prescient YA teen time travel dystopia

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Coming soon~! There’s a teaser in the back of Prescient.


I’m really excited about Selfie, I think it’s my best… it’s darker, but not in a Gothic/fantasy way, just a “real life sucks and then the world ends” kind of way. I might finish part one up quickly before finishing Shearwater (which is all mapped out) and Scarlet Thread.

I’ll let you know as new stuff becomes available, but I don’t email often, so you might want to join the UrbanEpics Facebook page (I post a lot more book giveaways there). You can also follow on me Amazon (they’ll let you know if a new book is out, and I have a suspicion it boosts my book rankings too…)

More about me

My name is Derek Murphy. I just got my PhD in Literature about Paradise Lost, and I’ve been living abroad for about 20 years. I work online, most doing editing, book design or helping other authors publish and market their books, which means I can work from anywhere.

Once I’m done with school, I’ll become nomadic and live pretty much exclusively in castles. I plan to become a full-time writer in about a year, which means I’ll be able to write and publish MUCH faster (so you won’t need to wait so long) and I have so many ideas I’m excited about. And I’ll give the first book of every series away free to my fans, so if you like my writing and you want more of it, please help me out by spreading the word!

I also organize events and things with other YA authors, this November I’m renting a castle for Nanowrimo (national novel writing month) and splitting it with some amazing people, so stay tuned if you want to follow the adventure!


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