Born in Alabama to a Native American (Chickasaw) father and an emotionally absent mother since birth, raised by father, a Native American great-grandmother and an African-American woman whom were all grand storytellers.
As early, as four years old, I was roaming the countryside around our home alone or with my father; in the evenings I sat at the feet of these strong-minded individuals listening to the stories of their lives. Summers I lived with my fathers’ sister in Birmingham, Alabama; it was she that would help to discover a library, and mingle with my aunt’s circle of friends that included local writers, artist, and politicians. A cabin deep within the Black Warrior Forest was also my playground on weekends. My aunt encouraged my imagination by introducing me to journaling, which I filled Big Chief Tablets with stories over the summer. Planted was the desire to write, a seedling waiting to spurt from the warm southern heart of a child.
Nonetheless, with adulthood, the desire to write buried itself deep within, the dream wilted but did not die. It laid dormant, gaining experiences. These experiences became short stories and poetry ready to share with anyone who would want to read them. I began painting as a child and later as an adult, and then it lay dormant for years.
I write of many life experiences in poetry format; questioning everything from Mother Nature to God…the poetry is raw, sometimes dark and may not be understood by all. Yet, it comes from deep within and reads of truth within my soul. The harshness that shrouded my life would cause me to withdraw from most of the world; it fills the pages of my writing, the heartache, the abuse, and the denial of a mother, all frankly portrayed.
Today, I enjoy my children, grand and great grandchildren, my four-legged companion Mason, I live in Southern Wisconsin…far from my southern roots; however, I continue to write and paint almost daily.
Below are the books that I have published in paperbacks at Amazon.com, under the name of Ann Johnson-Murphree:
Book #1 Echoing Images from the Soul 2012
Book #2 Beyond the Voices 2012
Book #3 Reflections of Poetry 2013
Book #4 Honeysuckle Memories 2013
Book #5 Sachets of Poetry on Adoration, Anger, Asylums and Aspirations 2014
Book #6 My Journey into Art 2014
Book #7 Fragments of Time
Book #8 Rutted Roads 2016
Book #9 Asterial Thoughts 2017
Book #10 Flying with Broken Wings 2017
Book #11 Cherished Memories 2018
Book #12 Rhythm Rhyme Thoughts