Welcome to my about page! I’m Niamh Murphy, a historian, archaeologist, and author of adventure books with lesbian main characters!
I tell romantic stories of gripping adventure and epic fantasy. I explore historical settings, science fiction landscapes, and fantasy worlds. My stories involve exciting characters such as knights, pirates, vampires, and mermaids. But I also tell more down-to-earth stories involving teenage angst, coming out, and exploring lesbian relationships for the first time.
I enjoy rewriting fairy tales for the modern reader or re-telling mythical stories of old with a Sapphic twist. But whatever the genre I choose to write in, my stories always include romance, love, and a lesbian main character.
So, if you want to read about a lesbian in fiction, you are in the right place!
More About Niamh Murphy
When I was a child I would spend hours and hours patiently cutting up paper, folding, glueing, and stapling the sheets in order to turn my stories into books for my friends.
There was nothing I enjoyed more than telling stories, writing little plays, or making up new ‘imagination games.’ They would always involve an adventure of some kind, sometimes we were lost in an epic maze and had to find out way out, other times we were outlaws living in the forest and running from dangerous sentries on horseback.
Growing up in rural Wales until I was nine gave me so much to fuel my imagination. There were dry-stone ruins hidden away in the woods, a great mysterious tower on the hill, fairytale castles, and great mountains of dark slate. Not to mention the Welsh myths of dragons and knights we would be told in our school assemblies.
There was nothing I enjoyed more than reading, writing, and acting, but I struggled with school. At around the age of fourteen, I began to have trouble reading, finishing my work, and even staying awake. I was often too tired to make the journey to class and skipped days became skipped weeks which turned into skipped terms.
For the next five years, I struggled to do anything and most days I was unable to get out of bed, I even had to be home-schooled during my GCSE’s. I lost all my friends simply because I was very rarely able to leave the house. All I could do was retreat into my imagination. I played out stories in my head of knights on adventures, journeys into space, pirates, time-travellers, superheroes, samurais, other worlds, and different dimensions.
Places that I could only explore in my mind.
It took years to diagnose, but I was eventually told I had M.E. (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and although there is no cure, just knowing what I had meant that I could start my journey toward a recovery.
Even though I was very ill for a very long time, all I wanted to do was to complete my education and I didn’t want my illness to hold me back. Even though it took me twice as long as everyone else I eventually managed to get my five A-Levels and was accepted into UCL, one of the top universities in the world, to study Medieval Archaeology and History.
After graduating I got a ‘real job’ in the city of London. I wore a suit every day and worked over sixty hours a week with horrible colleagues, nasty customers, and belligerent clients. I hated every single minute of it.
It wasn’t long before those sixty hour weeks made me ill again. This time I gladly gave up my job and flat so I could go back to my hometown of Colchester and recover without the stress of having a City Job. It was a wrench at the time because I really believed that the only way to success was to work my way up the corporate ladder but looking back now I realise that it was the best decision I ever made.
It was during these long months of recovery, often too ill to leave my bed, that I retreated into my imagination. I remembered all the stories I created in my teens, and all those games my friends and I used to play when I was a child. It was then I knew that when I ever recovered, I would write these stories down.
I had decided that I wanted to become a writer.
At first, I didn’t know where to start. I hadn’t written a story since I was thirteen and I hadn’t written any poetry for years! But I had one story in my head that simply would not go away. It was about a young eighteenth-century aristocrat, love at first sight, and a mysterious dark-haired Highwaywoman.
Mask of the Highwaywoman was born!
Tentatively, I uploaded the finished short-story to an online forum to see if anyone would like it. They did. Not only did they like it, they encouraged me to expand the story even further and together we went on an exhilarating journey toward completing my first ever novel.
It was a task I never thought I would ever be physically able to achieve.
The moment I held the published book in my hands, I knew that I never wanted to do anything else but write and I signed up to study for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Essex to obtain the skills I needed to achieve my goal.
During those years of study, my M.E. did mean that I struggled to hold down a job, complete my assignments on time, and still work on all my own projects. But somehow I got through and eventually managed to graduate in the Autumn of 2016.
I was fired up and ready to start my journey to becoming a full-time author!
Right now, I am still working a day job to fund my writing. I know I need to write more books if I am ever going to fulfil my dream of being a full-time author. But one day I hope to have a whole library of books to my name, in all the different genres I enjoy.
I have plots sitting and waiting to be written in science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, detective fiction, paranormal fiction, spies, superheroes, and all kinds of historical fiction!
I want to tell tales of knights, mages, mermaids, and space Captains and I am going to publish them all!
So, if you want to join me on this adventure you can sign up for my reader's group and follow my journey!
Thank you for reading,