G. B. Couper


George Couper lives in Santa Barbara California and graduated from UCSB with a BFA in 1977. He has worked for the Arts in Corrections program as an Artist/Facilitator at Vacaville's Correctional Medical Facility for the California Department of Corrections bringing into the prison artists, writers, poets, musicians and ceramicists for workshops. He presently volunteers working with homeless addicts and alcoholics. A Time Ago and Then is his first Novel (published on Smashwords: Aug. 9, 2011). His second publication is an illustrated novella, A Taxi Romance, published Nov. 13, 2011 on Smashwords.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I've made it a point to sit at my desk every morning after I rise at 6:00 am as though I am going to a job. I meditate for about a half hour and make a pot of coffee and I close the door to my office to sit at my desk. Most of the time I already know what I want to put on the page by the time I am at the desk but, when I don't know what I have to say, I put a sheet of paper on the roll of my old Remington Noiseless manual typewriter and pound out gibberish. I make sure that I use the first four hours of the day at my desk so that the rest of the day is free. Reading the near finished draft to someone else is most crucial and/or into a recorder to play it back.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't recall the first story I'd ever read but the first ones with the most impact were from the Upton Sinclair, Lenny Bruce, series. I was in the fourth grade at the time and I found one in the school library and I had been looking for a war adventure to pass time.These not only opened up a taste for historical fiction but awakened my young mind to a world view I did not have from where I grew up.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find G. B. Couper online


Adrienne: The Chaos of Desire
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,590. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Adrienne: The Chaos of Desire: is a historical novel of the era from 1934 to 1999. In Book I: A Basque, a Maquis, and the journalist Marcel, come together during the Asturias miners’ strike of 1934. Book II: Marcel’s daughter, Adrienne, molested by her brother and at war with herself, nearly squanders this heritage through self destructive addictions until Max re-enters her life.
The Book of Job Revisited
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,250. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
The Book of Job Revisited was inspired by two themes: restoring faith in love through doubt and from Shakespeare's, The Tempest, Max McGee is alienated from his daughter and any control over her after a nasty divorce. Though Max is no Job or Prospero, he lost everything he valued when he suffered a fractured skull and concussion. Not salacious, it deals with alcoholism, sex and drug addiction.
Morningstar East: A Memoir
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,760. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Biography, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
A nonfiction description of the author's sojourn in Arroyo Hondo at the height of the"Hippy" invasion and free land movement in the area around Taos New Mexico @1969-70.
A Time Ago And Then
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 98,600. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Max, a USN submariner, is laid up in a hospital with a broken back in the late sixties: there, he begins spiritual journey that takes him through LSD,the Altamont Speedway fiasco, to the communes of New Mexico, Jamaica and drug dealing in Miami. Ending up in Santa Barbara his misadventures touch on the violence, cults and religions of the era as he struggles to find peace within himself.

Smashwords book reviews by G. B. Couper

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Nov. 19, 2012

    I couldn't have done without it. The Style Guide is a most valuable guide to publishing and making my books available.