A native of Nebraska in the United States, Eva Murray taught English to refugee and immigrant populations in Peshawar, Pakistan; and in Phoenix, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Omaha in the U.S. before turning to writing.
"Low Res," the first chapter of The Odyssey of Izzy, was a finalist in Barrelhouse Magazine's "Office Life" short fiction contest in 2009. Her story, "Freelancing in the Land of Gentry" appeared in Tryst in 2009; "Cualquiera," in The Rambler, 2005; and "Warm Hands," Grub Street, 1995. She has also published articles about such artists as B.B. King, Stephane Grappelli, Etta James, Bobby McFerrin, Buckwheat Zydeco, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the fine artist Kent Bellows. In 2006, she spoke on public radio station KALW-X in the San Francisco Bay Area about the renters' lifestyle and her non-fiction work, We Rent: In San Francisco. Her feature-length script, Under the Burqa, was a quarter-finalist in Chicago's Cinestory competition in 1999; and her story "Come Get Your Elk," a semi-finalist in the William Faulkner/ Pirate's Alley Fiction Competition in 1994. Eva Murray lives in California and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.