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Kathy L. Murphy

Director of Acquisitions

I am an artist, author, and founder of The Pulpwood Queens' Book Club Reading Nation, the largest meeting-and-discussing book club in the world with nearly 800 chapters nationwide and in fifteen foreign countries. I became known in publishing circles for my ability to spot potential bestsellers often well before the mainstream publishing world discovered them. I’ve devoted my career to finding great books and authors and sharing their work.

I am the author of The Pulpwood Queens' Tiara Wearing, Book Sharing Guide to Life (3rd edition), the first book that new members of my club are required to read. The Pulpwood Queen Celebrates 20 Years, edited by Susan Cushman and published by Brother Mockingbird, was released in January 2020 at our annual event Girlfriend Weekend. The book is an anthology of essays, poems, and stories by Pulpwood Queen authors and members celebrating 20 years of reading together. 

The Pulpwood Queens and I have been featured on Oprah's Oxygen Network, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and we kicked off Good Morning America's READ THIS Book Club with Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson. I have been featured in The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, Texas Monthly, Texas Highway and all local and regional radio, and television stations. I was the host of The Beauty and the Book online talk show sponsored by Random House Publishing. My first book was optioned to DreamWorks and has been in talks with its producer for a possible television series.

I’ve been a lifelong creator. I received my B.F.A. in Fine Arts, minor in Art History from The University of Texas in Tyler and have been working as an artist ever since. I am currently at work on three books: the sequel to my first memoir The Pulpwood Queen Goes Back to School: Continuing Guide to Life on Being a Lifelong Learner; Eureka: A Novel; and a new series Frogtown.

I’ve long believed that publishing needed a new model, and I believe Lucid House Publishing provides that.

Check out the Pulpwood Queens bookclub!The largest meeting-and-discussing book club in the world!

With nearly 800 chapters nationwide and in fifteen foreign countries