Compelled to write stories

Harriman. Author Mike Geraghty releases a new book, a romantic thriller called “Finn” which incorporates local establishments.

| 24 May 2021 | 09:13

Through an aggregation of concentration, inspiration and around six months of writing, Harriman author Mike Geraghty has recently released a new book called “Finn,” which he describes as being a romantic thriller.

A graduate of SUNY New Paltz and afterwards of Western Connecticut State University, in which he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s in English ,respectively, he describes himself as someone who’s been writing short stories since he was a teenager.

Brainstorming, progress and writers block

“This one took a lot more time than those in the past,” Geraghty said. “I had to do a lot more research. It centers around a fictional motorcycle club that’s still strong on their Irish heritage, so I wanted to make sure I got the information correct.

“Sometimes it comes easier than others,” he added. “There are some days where I could write five to six thousand words, and then there are other days where I could only write 20 words and it’s a big struggle. Sometimes you just feel it, and it comes a lot easier to you, you get caught in the moment, and you write a lot more than you thought you would.

“The creative process - at least for me - is kind of funny that way.”

Incorporating local establishments

“Small and local business is something very important to me,” Geraghty said. “I have a couple of family members who own small businesses in different states. One of the things that I pride myself in the book is that I try to include as many as I can by incorporating them into the book.”

Businesses like Meadow Blues, the Rushing Duck and the Monroe Empire Diner can all be found in his most recent work.

“I try to bring everything back to this area because it’s been such a big part of my life,” the writer said. “It’s a great drawing point for local people to see places they’re familiar with and it helps them to relate better.”

Find ‘Finn’

“The book is available on Amazon. You can get it in paperback or as an electronic version. It’s not available in any local book stores right now, but I’m hoping that’s going to change.”

This also happens to be his seventh book with the publisher Scarlet Lantern Publishing, with his eighth expected to be released on June 18.


Those who wish to contact Geraghty can do so at, or on his Facebook page, which is called “Mike Geraghty Author.”