I write under my short name of Eddie Gubbins
After leaving school at sixteen, I became a cadet with the Shell Tanker Company. In all, I spent 12 years as a ships officer in the British Merchant Navy serving with Shell, the United Baltic Corporation and British Rail Shipping Services. That is where my Tales from the Sea posted on www.theoldun.blogspot.com come from. Actually I used to put what happened while I was at sea in some sort of literary context while walking up and down the bridge of ships in the middle of the night. Though it can sound exciting travelling the world’s oceans, at times it can be very boring spending four hours staring at the sea with no land or other ships in sight. I never wrote these stories down at the time just composed them in my head.
After leaving the sea, I graduated and became a university lecturer in Transport Management. I had my first taste of writing seriously when I published my first text book entitled The Shipping Industry with Gordon and Breach followed by Managing Transport Operations with Kogan Page.
While lecturing, if my students appeared to get bored with my what I was teaching them, I kept them awake by relating my experiences while at sea! It was these students who encouraged me to write the stories down and post them on the web.
Over a number of years I wrote a novel entitled Running after Maria loosely based on a very tragic period in my life. In this novel, I explored the effect of great loss and heartbreak and how the kindness of others can lead to redemption. As a first novel I could not find a publisher though I have published this as an ebook through Smashwords at www.smashwords.com.
Since retiring from lecturing five years ago, I have signed up for Creative Writing classes at the local college. The Tutor ( Debbie Tyler-Bennett) is a poet and makes me write very bad poetry as well as short prose pieces. She has encouraged us to send our writing off to publishers. One of my short stories, Maria, has been published as the runner up in a competition in an anthology “ with islands in mind” by Early Press Fiction.
I have written or am in the process of writing a fantasy trilogy called The Rombuli Saga. I can remember exactly when the ideas for this started. It was 1972 and my wife had gone to look after her terminally ill mother. She left me with a copy of Lord of the RIngs and an Album, Rambling Boy by Tom Paxton. I read Lord of the Rings in a very short time while listening over and over to the album. It occurred to me that this was a genre in which certain ideas could be explored.
Over the years since, I thought about this, made notes and wrote isolated incidents in the story. Since starting Creative Writing classes, like some of the other participants, I have read some of these incidents to the class. They have encouraged me to write the whole novel the result of which is two books The Teacher of the Rombuli and The Return of the Exiles . On my other web site:
www.eddiegubbins.blogspot.com I have posted my fantasy novel The Return Of The Exiles a chapter a week. The Teacher of the Rombuli has now been edited and will be published on Kindle shortly. The second, The Return of the Exiles is now being edited.
I have published under a grant scheme two novels An Ordinary Life and A Ceremony of innocence which are available through Amazon.
I have for a long time been interested in how people see themselves and justify their actions. An Ordinary Life explores this concept in that the hero thinks he always acts for the best of motives.
A Ceremony of Innocence explores the 1980’s and how many people grabbed what they could and hang the consequences for those around them. They did not consider how their actions impacted on other people.
My Tales from the Sea are being collated into either a biography or a collection of short stories for which I am seeking a publisher.