Press Kit – Our Immigrants' Son

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Postal Mail: John F. P. Murphy, 20 Rue St. Louis Kenner, Louisiana 70065
Agent: Currently without an agent.
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John Francis Patrick Murphy is a retired US Navy Captain and currently serves as a prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office, US Department of Justice, in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he lives with his wife. Our Immigrants’ Son is his first book. If you are interested in speaking with him about organizing practical workshops about turning genealogical research into creative narrative projects, you can contact him at

Author Photos

Possible Guest Blogging/Interview Topics

Behind the scenes of writing Our Immigrants’ Son

How to use ancestry sites to gather important data on your past relations

John is open to other topics, as well.

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Available Books

Publisher: Whilom Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: Novel, 61k
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Cover Artist: Ginny Glass at

Focused on faith and woven with Christian, ecumenical, and patriotic themes, Our Immigrants’ Son is an exploration and celebration of family.

The genres of prose poetry and historical fiction very cleverly takes you through the author’s rich Irish American history. It begins in misty Ireland and takes you through generations of the Murphy clan while also teaching you how to write your family story.

The storyteller is US Navy Captain, John Francis Patrick Murphy, Retired, a direct descendant of those past Murphys whose lives he, with his family and a team of researchers and historians, documented in both the factual sense as well as adding artistic license to make this history a rich and emotional journey.

Our Immigrant’s Son opens in 1845 with ancestor Michael Joseph Murphy’s parents, Patrick and Mary, undertaking a dangerous ocean voyage across the Atlantic to a new land. It then follows and documents Michael’s journey from birth, to Civil War private at age sixteen, to Lawrence police chief and beyond.

This riveting story is the tale of all immigrant families, regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, heritage, or culture. It reveals the undeniable truth that immigrants are our past, present, and future. It affirms that those who come to our shores to join us and aspire to our best ideals are courageous, noble, and visionary.

Part two of this book follows the author’s carefully outlined research, step-by-step writing strategies, and his use of history as a touchstone. Our Immigrants’ Son invites you to join Captain Murphy on a journey to write your own family story and share it with those you love.



The book is an agreeable mix of text and the pictorial, and its binding and print make it easy to manage. It's a work of art, both in form and content.

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