Welcome to The Free Starter Library

Hi, I’m Derek. Since I finished my PhD in Literature, I travel the world full-time, explore ancient ruins, and write YA novels based on mythology. My starter library includes the first 5 books I published. They end on cliffhangers and are not a complete story, but are more than enough to get hooked. My novels tend to run long, and while these 5 are all very different, I dreamed them up around the same time so you’ll see similarities.

Over the past two years, I’ve finished “part two” of most of these and released the full books on Kindle. If you like the sample and want to continue reading, you can find the full books on Amazon.


Here are links to the books I have out right now. Soon I’ll be combining them into one simple boxset to make things easier.

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!





When I started writing, I did the best I could and mapped out these stories, which are pretty decent (they have over 1000 reviews and have been downloaded over 200,000 times). I wanted to see which stories you liked before writing the whole series. I’m still working on some of the original books I mapped out when I started, but I have also plotted out several new series which will be even better than these. I do plan to finish everything I’ve started, and I write about six books a year (which is 6X more than most authors), but I completely understand why some of my readers are getting frustrated waiting for me to finish more books.

I do plan to focus on one series at a time from now on, and I also hope to write faster now that I’m doing it full-time, and my books should be getting better with each new series… so I hope you’ll stick around. I make hundreds of books available for free to readers, to thank them for waiting patiently.


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