Mike Murphy - author

 Back in action

After taking some time off from writing I will be working on a number of projects in 2021.

The first is to complete the anthology of my short stories I started to put together a few years ago. 

The second is to start an anthology of new stories based around the theme of inheritance, inspired by my story of that name which won a prize for me a few years ago.

I am also taking over as convenor of the Rockingham Writers Centre short story group and will be working with other writers to examine current markets for short stories and the types of story they are taking. Part of this exercise will be to produce a body of work to be included in the Centre's annual anthology.

Meanwhile I have copies of my novels on sale on the Centre's stand in the Friends of Rockingham Arts Community exhibition running next week and again in March

My first short stories were published in publications like "Man" and "Man Junior" in the 1960s.

A career as a journalist and contract writer gave me little time for fiction but I produced several more short stories over the years, some of which won prizes.

I also worked on novels and eventually got two published. 

I now live in Rockingham,
Western Australia
when I am not travelling around the
State ticking off  
items on my
bucket list.

The Man Who Didn't
Like People

  One reviewer said: "Wow. I don't know what I was expecting but it was not the gripping emotional ride I got." 

A story of a man's search and discovery

In The Man Who Didn't Like People the protagonist has retreated from his family and society, living a hermit-like existence in the bush.

Then he learns he is terminally ill and returns to the city to seek out his wife and children and decide who, if any of them, deserves to inherit the large fortune he will be leaving behind. 

What happens when he finds them and how that effects the decisions he eventually makes is the substance of an intriguing story which has moments of humour and sadness and leads to an ending which is expected in some ways but not in others.

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Not read A New Era For Manny Youngman yet?

In A New Era For Manny Youngman I introduced a hero who believes feminism has unbalanced male/female 
relationships and that something else is needed if men and women are to be truly equal.

I then confronted him with a 15-year -old daughter he didn't know he had and the novel plays out his problems in bonding with her and putting into practice what he has been preaching. 

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