Ben Bennetts

Biography

I’m a retired electronics engineer in my 70s who now writes blogs and books and, with my wife Carol, walks long-distance trails. During my professional career, I authored two technical books and just under a hundred technical papers. Since retiring in 2007, I’ve written nine books under my own name and two under the pseudonym of J C Pascoe. You can read more about the books on my website, ben-bennetts.com/books. The books are available as e-books on www.smashwords.com and in Amazon’s Kindle Store.
Contact me at ben@ben-bennetts.com

Smashwords Interview

How and why did you start writing after you retired?
During my career as a consulting electronics engineer, I wrote a lot of technical papers and a couple of technical books. When I retired in 2007, I decided I needed something to occupy my brain—long-distance walking occupied my body—and so I began thinking about writing books. The first book, “The Religion Business”, had been brewing for some time. My world-wide travels to countries such as India, China, Japan and Israel had exposed me to various religions and I observed the impact certain religions had on the way people lived and the religious practices they accepted, often without question. That book, the first after retirement, was two years in gestation and involved a lot of research but it was like a catharsis, forcing me to solidify my reasons for being an atheist and, also, testing my ability to mix technical with non-technical prose.
What happened then?
I got the bug! I began tightening up my knowledge and use of the English language and I started reading books on how to write. I also began experimenting with e-book formatting—how to position images, how to do away with footnotes and endnotes, how to create text that fits into a reflowable text format, and so on. Creating an e-book that reads well on an e-reader is not a simple task. My short e-book on my life as a boy on an RAF camp in Ceylon, now called Sri-Lanka, was my learning-curve book. That’s why it’s free!
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Where to find Ben Bennetts online


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Books

Tales from the Trails, Part 2 non-UK Trails
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,160. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Hiking
Tales from the Trails Part 2: non-UK Trails is a follow on from Part 1 (UK trails, 2014) and covers long-distance walking in the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal and India, the lower Sierra Nevada Mountains in Spain, and along the levadas of Madeira.
The Wondrous Wacky World of Words
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 14,440. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Essay » Literature
How are you on words? Can you define the word ‘word’ without using the word ‘word’? Confused over oxymorons, tautologies, alliterations, euphemisms, acronyms and homophones? Bamboozled by onomatopoeias and palindromes? Perplexed by nonce words? Bewildered by spoonerisms and malapropisms? If so, here’s a light-hearted walk through the wondrous wacky world of words that will amuse and amaze you.
Quickie Table Wines
Price: Free! Words: 4,280. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Wine
In 1977, I published a booklet “Quickie Table Wines”; a simple “do this, do that” set of instructions producing palatable home-made fruit-based table wines within 4 to 5 weeks. The booklet became a UK best seller, selling just under 12,000 copies before publication ceased around the mid-‘80s. Here it is again. The prices are out of date but the technique is ageless.
Fingers to the Keyboard: 2000 - 2014
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,500. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs, Essay » Sociology
Fingers to the Keyboard is an eclectic mix and collection of essays on topics such as the stupidity of politicians, the idiosyncrasies of English grammar, the baiting of scammers, the trials and tribulations of being hard of hearing, commentaries on various sports, religious extremism, the beauty of mathematics, film and book reviews, and a miscellany of grumpy old man moans and groans.
Tales from the Trails, Part 1 UK Trails
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,090. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Hiking
Walking is good for you. It provides physical exercise and stimulates the senses. It gets you out and about. You see places that can only be reached on foot. It also has its moments, sometimes funny sometimes dangerous, plus mishaps and other adventures. This book is a collection of observations, stories, advice and photographs from the long-distance walks made by the author.
On One Occasion ... Ivory Tower and Road Warrior Stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,500. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
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The author, a retired electronics consultant engineer, spent eleven years as a researcher and lecturer at Southampton University (the Ivory Tower) and a further twenty-eight years in industry, mostly as a one-man-band consultant roving the world (the Road Warrior). These are his stories: some funny, some sad, and some just interesting.
Memories of RAF Negombo Ceylon, 1950 - 1952
Price: Free! Words: 5,700. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2012. Categories: Essay » Author profile
As a young boy, I lived for two years between 1950 and 1952, in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, with my parents and sister. My father was in the Royal Air Force and we were based at RAF Negombo, not far from Colombo. This is an account of my life there.
The Religion Business: Cashing in on God
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 95,360. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Atheism/Agnosticism, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religion & Science
Although God’s existence has never been proven, many people make lots of money from the belief that “he” does exist. This book, written by an atheist, lays bare the money-making machinery that lies behind God and the many other mythical supernatural beings. Religion is a business, marketing and selling a product in exchange not only for money but also mind control of a large group of people.

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