Writing is my Business

Writing is my passion. I have authored three books, served as a Special Correspondent for the New York Times, worked for the Doubleday Publishing Group in New York City, taught freelance writing as part of Fairfield University’s continuing education program, been employed as an editor in the magazine and newspaper businesses, and have published over a hundred magazine and newspaper articles. As a result, I can bring proven experience and professionalism to your writing project. Click here to see what my clients say.


About John J. Geoghegan

Writing isn't just a business for me, it's my passion. And one of my greatest passions is reporting on unusual inventions that fail in the marketplace despite their innovative nature. I call these inventions White Elephant Technology (WETech for short), and my articles on the topic have appeared in the New York Times Science Section, WIRED, Popular Science, Smithsonian Air & Space, American History, Aviation History, and the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine among other publications. Click here to see some examples.

I am also author of the memoir, Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow: A True Story of Love, Hearing Loss, Heartbreak and Redemption, (New Haven Publishing Ltd., 2018). Hear Today recounts what happens when a seemingly successful husband, father, and business exec suffers a hearing loss so severe it renders him deaf overnight. To learn more about Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow click here.

Additionally, I authored the nonfiction book, Operation Storm: Japan’s Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of WWII (Crown, 2013). Operation Storm tells the true but little known story of Yamamoto's fleet of underwater aircraft carriers purpose-built to launch a surprise attack against New York City and Washington, DC as a follow up to Pearl Harbor. The Wall Street Journal called Operation Storm, “a fascinating, meticulously researched, and deft account.”  Operation Storm has been published in hardcover and paperback, and translated into Dutch, Japanese and Mandarin. To see what the critics said about Operation Storm click here. To learn more about Operation Storm click here.

My follow-up to Operation Storm--When Giants Ruled the Sky: The Brief Reign and Tragic Demise of the American Airship, is under contract to The History Press for publication in 2020. For more information, or to pre-order a copy click here

Finally, I helped shepherd into production, co-wrote, and served as technical consultant on Japanese SuperSub (2010), an hour-long documentary produced by PBS Television, National Geographic International and Britain’s Channel 5. The New York Times called Japanese SuperSub, a “consistently interesting program serving up fascinating history.” To learn more about Japanese SuperSub click here

I began my writing career working for the Doubleday Publishing Group after which I joined Connecticut magazine’s editorial department where I wrote about the state's defense and aerospace industries. I've also served as a Special Correspondent for the New York Times and Editor of the Connecticut Business Journal. I currently serve as Director of The SILOE Research Institute’s Archival Division in Marin County, California where I conduct research on and write about WETech inventions.


Yours truly standing in front of an MiG-15 at the Oakland Aviation Museum in Oakland, California. The MiG-15 gave our F-86 Sabres a hard time during the Korean war. This one was cooperative.

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As part of my research for Operation Storm I interviewed Terry Kerby (left) at the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory in Oahu. Terry used the Pisces V submersible (shown behind us) to discover the wreck of Japan's I-401 submarine in 2005.

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Here I interview Robert Ragozzino (right), who is building a scratch replica of the Spirit of St. Louis (shown behind us), which he intends to fly to Paris on the anniversary of Lindbergh's record-making flight.

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Operation Storm took more than five years to research and write but part of the fun was exploring Balao-class submarines from World War II. Here I'm leaning against the bow dive plane station in the control room of the USS Pampanito (SS-383) in San Francisco. The lighting is red because the sub is rigged for diving. I look too serious here, but believe me, I was smiling on the inside. 


Guest speaker at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Washginton, DC

In less than a month, John helped me find an agent who got my manuscript in front of editors at Random House and Grand Central Publishing. He has a knack for getting a book in front of the right people.”  C.S.