Mel Murphy was born in Carmel, California and grew up in rural Nevada. She has lived in and traveled most of the American southwest as well as: London, England, Sydney, Australia, and the Pacific Northwest. Former day jobs include: wildland firefighter, newspaper reporter, janitor, technical writer and seasonal postal carrier. PRAISE: "The stories in WEST OF YOU are at once deeply personal yet universal. The tales cut across genres. The cast of characters includes a transvestite Native American boy, an abused girl evolving into a serial killer, average folks trapped in a dystopian future, and a rancher facing monsters in a roadside canyon. Her prose often pulls the reader into worlds very far away, but inside us all." -- Frank Mullen Jr., author "The Donner Party Chronicles" THE WAR WITH CANADA was selected by Patrick Gale and published in the "The Bridport Prize 2012: the Winners" (http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/) also available on Amazon. Her short stories SOME DEMON and LAND OF NOD were published in "Subtopian Selected Stories Volume 2", by Trevor Richardson, available on Amazon. LOVE YOU LONG TIME was published online in The Los Angeles Review of Los Angeles, Issue No. 7 in June 2014 (http://www.robindunn.com/issues.html) and was also short listed by the Bridport Prize (UK) in 2010 and Fish Publishing (IRE) in 2011. GATOR COUNTRY was previously published in Black Matrix Publishing's "Encounters Magazine" in June 2010. (http://www.blackmatrixpub.com) Her stories have appeared in Subtopian.com, RedFez.net, and The Legendary (aka Downdirtyword.com), among others.