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Swimming In The Light

Ten Novels by Philip McBride

Tales of War, Lovers, Growing Up, A Jury & a Horny Toad Dragon

BOOKS & eBooks
Click on the each book cover for comments by the author

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The Accidental Juror

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Just To Be Fair

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A Different Country Entirely

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With Might & Main

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A Different Dragon Entirely

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Whittled Away

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Tangled Honor

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Redeeming Honor

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Defiant Honor



Nita and Mama and me at Authors
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Honored author at Eugene C. Clark Library Evening With the Authors 2015

Guest author-speaker at Rosenburg Library History Center, Galveston, Texas 2019

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Speaker to Tyler, Texas Friends of the Library 2023


BIO in 5 Photos
& Some Words

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  • Grandfather

  • Father

  • Husband

  • Texan

  • Writer of 'Craft' Novels-Books where no gatekeeper stands between reader and author.


In the 1960's, teenager Philip McBride cut his reading teeth on paperback novels found on the racks at neighborhood convenience stores. Ian Fleming, Robert Heinlein, John D. McDonald, Ray Bradbury, Robert Howard. At age twenty, McBride began his first 'serious' novel writing effort. That sword-and-sorcery tale withered on the vine at twenty single-spaced pages, typed when he should have been reading assigned 'quality' literature for his  university classes. In the decades to come, the usual distractions--marriage, jobs, children, bills to pay--kept him away from his typewriter. For too long, his itch to be a novelist lay dormant but not forgotten.


After a career as a teacher, high school principal and school district administrator, McBride resurrected his passion for writing fiction. Nine years and nine novels later, he still starts most days at his keyboard. His current work-in-progress is a tale spun around the first woman juror in a small town in Texas in 1955. 

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