SANDRA FOX MURPHY is originally from Newark, Delaware, but grew up a "military brat." Sandy was inspired to begin writing while studying the beatnik poets at Indian Valley College in California, and she is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. Sandy stepped up her writing after retiring from the U. S. Geological Survey in 2009 when she started writing poetry and short stories with her writing club in Round Rock, Texas. A Thousand Stars is her first novel, a story about Ann Hill that she was compelled to write. It is historical fiction set in Rhode Island during the seventeenth century, a time period Sandy loves to visit through her stories. She is currently writing a novel set on Maryland's eastern shore, set in the late nineteenth century. You can can find more about Sandra's books, as well as some poetry and short stories, at her website, www.sandrafoxmurphy.com .