Book 1, Physics, Lust and Greed Series
Humorous Science Fiction
Date Published: June 15, 2020
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
The year is 2044. Housed in a secret complex beneath the eastern Arizona desert, a consortium of governments and corporations have undertaken a program on the scale of the Manhattan Project to bludgeon the laws of physics into submission and make time travel a reality.
Fraught with insecurities, Marshall Grissom has spent his whole life trying not to call attention to himself, so he can’t imagine he would be remotely suited for the role of time travel pioneer. He’s even less enthusiastic about this corporate time-travel adventure when he learns that nudity is a job requirement. The task would better match the talents of candidates like the smart and beautiful Sheila Schuler, or the bristle-tough and rattlesnake-mean Marta Hamilton.
As the project evolves into a clash between science and corporate greed, conflicts escalate. Those contributing the funding are mostly interested in manipulating time travel for profit, and will stop at nothing, including murder, to achieve their goals.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
I am a “pantser.” I don’t outline. I don’t have index cards taped all over the walls. The story takes me where it takes me. I’ve been to the seminars and read the books that say this is the hardest way to do it, but it’s the only way that works for me. So, the days that I’m not quite sure where we’re going with all this are tough. Somehow, somewhere, I have to find at least 500 words.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Right now, John Prine. I’m still mourning the death of the man I consider to be among the most talented songwriters to ever combine words and music.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I do, and I need to pay more attention to that part of the process.
What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Michael Connelly’s The Fifth Witness and Earth Angel by Raymond Obstfeld.
How did you start your writing career?
I was a newspaper reporter for thirty years. Like most newspaper people, I’d always planned to write a novel one day, but never seemed to get around to it. On my sixtieth birthday, I decided that I would force myself to put at least 500 words a day on paper and see what would happen.
The second book in the Physics, Lust and Greed series—Wasting Time—will be published Oct. 1. Sometime soon after that I hope to publish my first non-fiction attempt dealing with the 60’s era of folk music. That title will be We Never Knew Just What It Was… the Story of the Mitchell Trio.
About the Author
Mike Murphey is a native of eastern New Mexico and spent almost thirty years as an award-winning newspaper journalist in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest. Following his retirement from the newspaper business, he and his wife Nancy entered in a seventeen-year partnership with the late Dave Henderson, all-star centerfielder for the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners. Their company produced the A’s and Mariners adult baseball Fantasy Camps. They also have a partnership with the Roy Hobbs adult baseball organization in Fort Myers, Florida. Mike loves fiction, cats, baseball and sailing. He splits his time between Spokane, Washington, and Phoenix, Arizona, where he enjoys life as a writer and old-man baseball player.