Mike Murphy - author

Write what you know or what you like?

I have been torn lately between concentrating on my primary project or putting it to one side to write something quite different. 
My current novel, provisionally titled Search For A Soul Mate, contains a lot of material that relates to past experiences. While it is not a memoir there is a lot of me, or at least my thoughts, in it. In this it is similar to the novels I have published.
At the same time, I had been doing a lot of escapist reading and viewing, and I've been feeling a strong temptation to write something more like that. I've even jotted down an outline for the first few chapters.
I suspect I should go back to Soul Mate and finish it before I start something else, not the least because I know where the story is going and how I want to write it. Changing genre mid-stream is probably a mistake. 

I  live in Mandurah, Western Australia, where, when I am not dabbling in painting, playing my guitar and trying to grow old gracefully, I am currently writing a novel about a 70-year-old widower who tries on-line dating in his search for a soul mate.

Where to buy my books

Hard copies and E-books can be purchased on Amazon, Booktopia, Kobo and all the usual on-line book retailers. Book stores can obtain them through Ingram Spark, who publish them for me.

If you would like a signed copy, send me a message me on the contact page of this website. The price of $30 includes postage in Australia. If you are outside Australia, email me and I will work out the postage.

The Man Who Didn't Like People

Joe Wetherley left his wife and children  twenty years ago and has been living on his own in the bush. Now he must seek out his family again and make decisions about the legacy he will be leaving them.

A New Era For Manny Youngman

Manny Youngman has  unconventional ideas on feminism and the effects it has on our society but he has not counted on a fifteen-year-old daughter he didn't know he had.

A life in short stories

A collection of some of the many short stories I have written over the past 60 years, from some that were published in "girlie" magazines in the 1960s to the most recent entered in competitions and published in anthologies .
A unique view of a writer's life as I adapted to market needs and my own interests.