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Two Men and A Typewriter

Two Men and A Typewriter is a creative storytelling collaboration between authors Paul Barrett and Steve Murphy. Lifelong friends, Paul and Steve have been writing together in one form or another since high school, starting with short stories and Dungeons and Dragons adventures and moving on to novels, screenplays, and commercials. Between them, they have over 40 years of experience writing in various disciplines.

Paul Barrett

Paul has lived a varied life full of excitement and adventure. Not really, but it sounds good as an opening line.

His multiple careers have included: rock and roll roadie, children’s theater stage manager, television camera operator, mortgage banker, and support specialist for Microsoft Excel.

He has always been involved in one creative endeavor or another, starting with live theater as an actor at age 11 and progressing into backstage work.

This eclectic mix allowed him to go into his true love: motion picture production. He has produced two motion pictures and two documentaries: His film Night Feeders released on DVD in 2007 and Cold Storage was released by Lionsgate in May 2010. When not producing films, he works on them in various capacities, including as script supervisor, as part of the art department, or assisting with set lighting.

Amidst all this, Paul has consistently worked on his writing, starting with his first short story, about Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. He has written creatively since sixth grade, worked on the school newspaper in high school, and was the key copywriter for industrials and commercials at Indievision, the marketing company he co-owned for a decade. His scripts have won both Telly and Communicator Awards. He and Steve have had screenplays optioned by various production companies, although none have yet gone into production.

Born in North Carolina, Paul has lived there most of his life and still resides there with three cats and his film director/graphic designer husband.

You can learn even more about Paul at his personal website.

Paul with camera in hand

Steve Murphy

Steve also got his start writing on the school paper in high school and found he had a gift for the written word. In college he was told he had a unique writing style that would transfer well to creative works. Like a lot of young men, he ignored the good advice of others and joined the military. There, he put his writing skills to work in the form of writing policy and procedure manuals. After the military, he joined with Paul, where they began their creative endeavors that have continued through this day. His writing style is precise and technical with an eye toward detail which includes a flair for off beat humor that compliments Paul’s style.

Steve staring out the window
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