Dr. Lisa Murphy has been a practicing physician for over twenty-five years. She is the author of two published novels: The Turkish Mirror and The Wyrmstone, both works of Magical Realism. Her illustrated book of short fiction, In My Father's Garden, will be published in German and in English in February of 2018. She is an editor at Denny Creek Press, and is currently working on a four volume series of historical fiction that extends from 1832 to 1864, encompassing the Civil War. She says of her work: "I am particularly fond of language: ancient, modern, ethnic, upper class, gutter slang, the language of thieves or the idioms of doctors, the words a mother might choose, or a wizard. I collect vocabularies and marvel at speech patterns. We have delightful ways of expressing ourselves, we humans!"