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Sara Flannery Murphy was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Throughout Murphy’s childhood, her family divided their time between Little Rock and Eureka Springs, a small tourist town and artists’ community in the Ozark Mountains. Murphy received her MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. While living in St. Louis, she studied with writers including Kathryn Davis. She also had the chance to teach creative writing. She later attended the University of British Columbia, where her studies had a focus on library science. An avid bookworm, Murphy especially loves thrillers and mysteries. Some of her major influences include Shirley Jackson and Charlotte Brönte. She enjoys TV series and films that explore the dark and the uncanny, from procedural dramas to horror. Murphy currently lives in an Oklahoma college town with her husband and son. Her shorter work has appeared in journals including Storyglossia and Tammy. The Possessions is her first novel.
Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. At an organization that allows the grief-stricken to reconnect with lost loved ones, an affair between a worker and an enigmatic client threatens to uncover disturbing secrets.