Fred Bubbers


Fred Bubbers grew up in Elmhurst, New York where he attended Newtown High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1982 from The State University of New York at Albany, where his writing appeared in various student publications. Since then he has been employed in the software industry in various roles from software engineer to data warehouse architect to development director. His personal essays, short stories and poems have appeared in such publications as The Oregon Literary Review, The Square Table, The Green Silk Journal, Lily, Seeker Magazine, Static Movement, Word Riot, The Angler, Cantaraville, The Shine Journal, Loch Raven Review, and The Big Stupid Review.

Smashwords Interview

How long have you been writing?
Well, I started when I was a teenager, so I’d like to say over thirty years, but I haven’t been actively working at it all that time. I started when I was in high school, where I was editor of the school newspaper, and I had a wonderful teacher who encouraged me. In college, I majored in English and had some stories published in the student literary magazine.
English Major? Very practical.
I’ll say. I graduated from SUNY Albany in 1982, which had had an unemployment rate much like it is today, and there weren’t very many entry-level jobs for liberal arts majors and I needed to make a living. I took a course in computer programing at NYU and got started in that. Getting into the software business back then was like stepping on a high-speed train just as it was about to leave the station. Computers and software just took in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and it hasn’t stopped. If anything, it’s just accelerated. Long hours, constantly trying to keep up with technology. It was very exciting. At the same time, I started a family, bought a house, and pursued the American Dream. I tried to continue writingState Street, Albany on the side, and I managed to keep it up about three or four years, but it was hard to stay focused. First of all, there was no web to speak of so the market for literary fiction was very small. I got a “No thanks, but try us again sometime” form letter from The Paris Review, but otherwise it was very discouraging to send out stories one at a time — nobody accepted simultaneous submissions back then – and then wait for a year to hear from magazines with circulations of no more than 500 or 1000 copies.

Second, I was working in a business that was creative and took enormous amount of mental energy and focus to do well. In John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction, he talks about the sort of day jobs that writers should have: menial jobs that let you use your mental energy for your art. Software development isn’t such an occupation. In fact, it’s probably the worst day job a writer could have. I was working in an industry that made everything I knew obsolete every two years and when not working at my job, I had to spend time studying and learning just to stay employable. Not to complain too much about it, it’s been a wild, exciting ride and I still enjoy it.
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Where to find Fred Bubbers online


A Couple
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,380. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A short story about Rob and Debbie spending their last spring break together in Florida. Graduation is looming and they face an uncertain future. Family expectations, peer pressure, and their own hearts are driving them apart.
After the Fire: A Personal Essay
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,880. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2009. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
A young writer struggles to find his voice in a long ago writing workshop. Years later the teacher's lessons still provide inspiration.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,160. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A short story about a married office worker struggling with temptation and desire while flirting with an older woman on a sultry summer evening in Greenwich Village.
Natural Selection
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,690. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A short story about a corporate manager on the verge losing it all. Office politics, a growing drinking problem, estrangement from his family, and a looming layoff are pushing him to the edge of a personal abyss.
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,680. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
Three stories about two neighbors who meet as young children and grow up together on Long Island during the late 60′s and early 70′s. The comforting and loving world they live in changes around them as their families fracture, society descends into chaos, and a war rages on.
Indian Summer
Price: Free! Words: 1,460. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Have you ever had a perfect day with your lover, when time stood still, the cares of the world disappeared, and the universe belonged to just the two of you?

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  • Miles from Ireland on Sep. 19, 2010

    A tender story about healing.
  • Morningwood on Sep. 19, 2010

    Great story. It's lighthearted, but at the same time evokes empathy for all the characters. Deftly written.
  • Dido's Tale on Sep. 29, 2013

    Aeneas, having escaped the destruction of Troy, escapes from a storm at sea and lands on the island of Dido, the just and strong-will Queen. They become lovers, but Aeneas must follow his destiny and travel on to found the city of Rome. As always, Ms. Brooke's writing is sensuous and poetic in this retelling of a Virgil's classic romance. What emerges is a remarkable portrait of a woman with a will and sense of duty as strong as any man's, and the complexity of sexual identities and gender roles.