Diane Makar Murphy (FS ’81)

Halloween Eve, D.M. Murphy launches her first novel.

Two surprises hide in that statement. First, her degree isn’t in Creative Writing. She studied Theatre at the University of Houston and journalism at San Jose State University.
Second, she attended UH in 1980!

Murphy, now 67, is publishing a fantasy novel she dreamt of even before she called herself a Cougar. “Down, Down, Down” is about an old detective who gets a do-over on his life. The price is a journey into hell. It’s available at bydmmurphy.com.

“Down, Down, Down” was a long time in the writing. From idea to publication, Murphy got two degrees, a husband, two children, two careers, and a lot older.

Langston Hughes asks, “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” Not always. Sometimes, after 46 years, it comes true.

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