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Michael Murphey
Mike Murphey Author Interview

Killing Time follows a 93 year old man who’s given the chance to fix his greatest regret in a parallel universe but must give up his life in his current one. What inspired the setup to this thrilling story?


This is the third in a series of books involving these characters. When I originally thought of the story I wanted to tell, it centered around my relationship with my wife. We met in an unconventional way. The tiniest of variations in circumstances during a few days and we would have missed each other. Later in our relationship, I almost made a decision that would have changed everything. That became 93-year-old Sean Brody’s story, but I didn’t get around to it until the third book.

Your characters, as usual, are well developed. What were some ideas that were important for you to personify in your characters?

Characters must become very real people in a writer’s mind. They must be distinct from each other. While—like real people—they must change and grow with time, they also must remain true to their fundamental nature. My books tend to have a lot of characters, which makes this a little more difficult, but after three books, I know these people very well.

I felt that there were a lot of great twists and turns throughout the novel. Did you plan this before writing the novel, or did the twists develop organically writing?

I am not an outliner. When writing fiction, I can’t see that far ahead. I count on my characters to lead me where we are going. I guess. Truthfully, I don’t know where a lot of the plot twists come from. I’m just thankful they show up when they do.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Two more books are on the horizon. Late this summer, we will publish my first non-fiction effort, “We Never Knew Just What It Was … The Story of the Chad Mitchell Trio.” This is a book about the 60’s folk music era and the group that had such a profound influence on those of us who grew up in the 60’s. And I’ve completed an early draft of a fourth book in my “Physics, Lust and Greed Series.”

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At every crossroads he has encountered in life, Sean Brody has made the safe choice. In the year 2046, at the age of ninety-three, Sean is given one final opportunity to deal with his greatest regret. Sean is the only man Marshall Grissom and Marta Hamilton can find who might be able to save Sheila Schuler, their friend and fellow traveler lost in the distant reaches of time. If Sean accepts the task of traveling to his childhood in a parallel universe—with no guarantee that any aspect of the past can be changed—Sean must also accept his death in the only world he knows.
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