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Robert graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a business degree, then spent seven years in the Army during the Cold War. Throughout his civilian career, he worked with international organizations on all seven continents, including Antarctica, where Murphy Peak bears his name. He sold his first article, illustrated with his own photographs, many years ago to Backpacker Magazine. Subsequently, he published technical articles in various trade journals and magazines, such as Military Engineer. The Gettysburg Magazine included his annotated Civil War cavalry article about the Union’s three boy generals, George Armstrong Custer, Wesley Merritt, and Elon Farnsworth, in its July 2011 issue.
For The Iron Horse Chronicles, Robert traveled the route of the transcontinental railroad and walked the ground where the action takes place. He particularly relished his visits to the museums and historical parks along the way. His approach to writing is to engage his fictional characters with historical people at the times they are engaged in actual, historic events in order to ensure adherence to an accurate time line.
Robert is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Western Writers of America, and the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. To learn more about him and his writing visit his website: http://robertleemurphy.net.