Christopher Geoffrey McPherson


In more than three decades as a professional writer/journalist, Christopher has covered myriad subjects and interviewed thousands of people from the famous to the unknown. He brings these years of experience to each of his novels.

In his career, his work has appeared in daily newspapers, monthly magazines, extensively on radio and the occasional dalliance with television. He has written advertising copy and radio commercials – and continues to write.

Prior to his new novel, called “A Cat in Time” about the most famous cat in ancient Japan, Christopher spent more than five years creating a series of novels that take place in 1930s Los Angeles called “The James Murray Mysteries.” Books in the series are "Murder at Eastern Columbia," “Sabotage at RKO Studio,” “Abduction at Griffith Observatory,” “Blackmail at Wrigley Field,” and the newest “Haunting at Ocean House.”

Other writing featuring his byline includes “22: The Biography of a Gun” – a tale set in the near future where guns are strictly controlled yet where one manages to make its way into the hands of those who want it; "The Babi Makers" – a science fiction tale about a world where the most important resource is babies; "Sarah & Gerald" – a novel about Paris in the 1920s; "Forever - and other stories" – a collection of short stories; "The Life Line" – the novel of the big one that levels San Francisco; "News on the Home Front" – a novel of two friends during World War Two; and "Mama Cat" – a book for children. Also, several short plays, a few radio plays and a boatload of radio documentaries.

Smashwords Interview

Your author slogan is “a different world in every book.” Why don’t you pick one topic and just write books about that? That seems to work for everyone else.
I have too many stories in me to confine myself to just one world. Since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated by the period between the wars -- roughly 1919 - 1946. Several of my novels are set during that time. Look at everything that occurred: radio (its beginning and rise to prominence), film (from silent to sound), music (swing and big band), art (cubism and the avant-garde), theater (the Group Theatre), literature (F. Scott Fitzgerald), dance (Isadora Duncan) -- and so much more. It can be argued that those years were some of the most influential in the whole of the twentieth century. So much fertile ground for one story after another.

With two exceptions, all my novels take place during that time; but, so far, all the stories have been different: the American home front during World War Two, Paris in the 1920s, and a film-noir detective series set in 1930s Los Angeles. In addition to those, I’ve written about a future San Francisco destroyed by an earthquake, and a world on another planet where the making of babies is the prime industry.
What is your writing process like?
You always hear of writers who sit down at their typewriter at 8:00 a.m. and write straight through until noon making sure they turn out at least ten pages a day. I'm nothing like that: ninety-percent of writing happens before you ever sit down at the typewriter. The research, the thinking about characters, about how they interact with each other and with the plot -- these all come first. I spend a lot of time cogitating about the research, the people, the ideas and let them organize themselves in my mind. At some point everything aligns itself just right and I sit down and start typing. This probably comes from my many years working at newspapers. When you’re on deadline, you don't have the luxury of writing and rewriting. On many occasions, I had to sit down and type out what became the article, with no time for rewrites. I guess I taught myself to organize the details in my head while I was driving back to the paper.

Once I do start writing, I’m concentrating on just getting things down. I don't worry too much about specifics of plot -- I put down something like "they meet at a restaurant and have a fight about something." I can clarify it later. Once that’s done, I put away the pages for a few days and think about something totally different. This allows me to clear my mind. Then, I go back and read what I wrote. This is when the book begins to take shape. I try to write every day -- sometimes new pages, sometimes rewriting or editing. But, if I don't feel like writing I don't. You can’t force yourself to write. It has to flow naturally.
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Where to find Christopher Geoffrey McPherson online

Where to buy in print


22: The Biography of a Gun
Price: $5.87 USD. Words: 65,240. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Urban
(5.00 from 1 review)
22: The Biography of a Gun takes place in the very near future, when guns are strictly controlled in the United States. It focuses on one specific gun and the people who touch it.
Haunting at Ocean House: A James Murray Mystery
Price: $5.87 USD. Words: 91,800. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Historical » USA
(4.00 from 1 review)
Los Angeles. 1939. Writer James Murray and his wife, a famed newspaper reporter, set out to investigate a famous mystic who holds seances for the rich and powerful of Hollywood in this, the fifth and concluding James Murray Mystery. Someone is trying to convince others that the dead niece of a famous actress is out for revenge. Can James and his wife team up to solve the mystery?
Blackmail at Wrigley Field
Price: $5.87 USD. Words: 81,150. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Historical » USA
Los Angeles. 1937. When we last saw young novelist James Murray, his life had taken a bad turn. And now, two years later, he must come to grips with the choices he's made in this, the fourth James Murray Mystery. Here, he meets a young ballplayer who's been receiving blackmail threats. Can James turn his life around and help the young man?
Abduction at Griffith Observatory
Price: $5.87 USD. Words: 70,390. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Historical » USA
Los Angeles. 1935. Writer James Murray is hard at work on a third novel, living with the girl he loves and enjoying a life he once could only dream about. But an innocent outing to Los Angeles’s new Griffith Observatory changes all that when a commotion during a presentation leads to a kidnapping. James feels compelled to find out the truth behind it.
Sabotage at RKO Studio
Price: $5.87 USD. Words: 84,580. Language: American English. Published: January 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Historical » USA
Hollywood. 1933. James Murray’s first novel is a surprise success. On contract at a major film studio, he tries to figure out what’s behind a series of accidents plaguing various productions -- including "King Kong," the studio’s new film. "Sabotage at RKO Studio" is two novels in one: two parallel stories, featuring two heroes, working two cases in two different versions of 1930s Hollywood.
Murder at Eastern Columbia
Price: $5.87 USD. Words: 67,200. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Historical » USA
Los Angeles. 1931. James Murray, clerk in the Junior Boy's department at the swankest new department store downtown, suddenly finds himself trying to solve the murder of his best friend before time runs out. "Murder at Eastern Columbia" is two novels in one: two parallel stories, featuring two heroes, working two murders in two different versions of 1930s Los Angeles.
The Babi Makers
Price: $4.87 USD. Words: 53,270. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Welcome to Nové, a planet much like your own. There is no war or hunger. No conflict of any kind. It's a "happy life ever" on this utopian world. Balance has finally been achieved after all life was nearly extinguished during The Fall. There is one major industry on Nové: the making of babies. Babies are the most important resource on the planet.
Sarah & Gerald
Price: $4.87 USD. Words: 41,280. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
In the years after the great war, life was golden and happy for those who had survived it. An entire generation of young men died so others could sit on a beach and splash in the water and have sandwiches on the sand. It was a golden time for American expatriates -- like Sarah and Gerald -- to be in Paris.
Forever -- and other stories
Price: $4.87 USD. Words: 36,600. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(5.00 from 1 review)
A collection of stories about life -- and death -- and life forever. Includes "Forever" a story of two souls that continue meeting in one life after another.
The Life Line
Price: $4.87 USD. Words: 61,550. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Take three men and two women, add one concrete underwater tunnel, shake vigorously with a major earthquake and you have the makings of "The Life Line" -- a novel of survival.
News on the Home Front
Price: $4.87 USD. Words: 84,110. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Set against a worldwide canvas that includes New York, Paris and Germany "News on the Home Front" tells the story of two women who have been friends since their childhood in West Lake, Maryland. The world war has torn apart their lives leaving each trying to find a way to put it back together. It's been a difficult few years with rationing and shortages starting to take their toll.

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