Terry Aspinall


I was born during the Second World War while my father was chasing Rommel out of North Africa and Italy, for this reason I never saw him until late 1946. I grew up in the sleepy little Suffolk country side town of Stowmarket, and underwent an education that to me seemed an absolute waste of time. Although with that wonderful tool known as hindsight, my reading and writing skills would have served me well in the writing of this book. I should have taken the trouble and given the teachers my full undivided attention and not the girls sitting next to me, while behind me was always the wall. Yes I was a back of class type of guy who was always getting into trouble and talking during class. Upon leaving school I became what was known as a Teddy boy and hung around with the Ipswich town local gangs. Once the novelty began to wear off, and I realised that if I carried on along the path I had chosen, it would only lead me into trouble with the law, so I decided on a complete life style change and joined the Royal Marines. My growing up during this period of time can certainly be attributed to my Royal Marine training, something that is still part of my life to this day. I tell of my service years and of being on active service in Borneo. Upon my release I became very interested and involved in the Rock n Roll music of the day, and helped form a local band in the town of Leiston in Suffolk. I also became involved in the then new sport of hang gliding. Which later lead me to strapping an engine on to my glider, and being amongst the first in the UK to pioneer the sport of Microlighting, and to set a record that still stands to this day. Eventually while working for Bernard Matthews I upped my family and immigrated to New Zealand, to help build a new factory in a small county town of Waipukurau on the North Island. Where I experienced a complete new style of living that my family and I all enjoyed, and took to it like ducks to water. It was a taste of what was to come when after three years I once again up rooted my family and move over the ditch as they say to Australia, but that’s another story?

Smashwords Interview

'Correcting History' - Who Invented The Modern Hang Glider
The latest book I've just added to my catalogue is 'Correcting History', 'Who Invented The Modern Hang Glider' (No 12). A project that lasted nearly seven years and involved some sort of research or website building almost every day. I was lucky enough to be part of a small elite group of historians from around the world who took on the challenge. It was very time consuming, but enjoyable work, that eventually lead to several other spin off subjects. It was also a time when I made many new friends on line, friendships that are still in place to this day. For 50 years there had been many untruths told of the subject, be it written or legend. Therefore as a group we decided it was about time that history was corrected, and the real inventor of the Modern Hang Glider given the full credit he so rightfully deserved.

However, I have also just up dated my Autobiography 'Almost Total Recall', to include a further six chapters. This brings it up to date (2014) with a grand total of 25 chapters, and 388,455 words. I'm thinking this will bring that particular subject to a close. Although as they say, one should never say never. One never knows what's around the corner, especially in this so called digital age.

I have also just published, 'An Easy Guide To Self Publish Your E-book'.
How many people have often thought they might like to write a book at some stage in their life. Only to place the idea in the back of their mind, and forget about it. The barrier being the unknown in not knowing how they would get their work published and at what cost. Well we are now living in what's become known as a Digital, Multi Media age. Where everything is possible to the ordinary guy on the street. During the past couple of years I made an effort to learn how to format an E-book . And it's paid off big time as I now have eleven books published by Smashwords.com. Thought I would like to share and help other budding writers out there. I have just published a short E-book on how I learnt to format and publish some of my work. If you are one of those budding literary people who would like to take their work to the next stage, and do as I have done. It is free for anybody who might be interested.
Why did you start writing and when
I went through my schooling during the 1950's and dropped under the radar as they say, ending up sitting at the back of the class. Where I played around to the discomfort of my fellow class mates, who wanted to learn. The end result was that I left school lacking in the English language department. At times I even had to get my friends to write my love letters for me. Somehow I managed to get through life covering up my problems to all. Until I arrived in Australia in 1989 and found I had lot of spare time on my hands. I had always wanted to write my Autobiography. I felt the time was right, and so I started making notes. Hence the start of trying to teach myself how to read and write. That project lasted ten years, and is still ongoing to this day. I have to admit that my English language skills still needs improving. However, even at seventy years of age I'm still willing to learn. Writing has become part of my life and I try to achieve something each day.
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Where to find Terry Aspinall online


'Correcting History' Who Invented The Modern Hang Glider
Price: Free! Words: 17,850. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » History » History of things
The invention of the Modern Hang Glider seems to have been shrouded in mystery and incorrect information for many years. It is only now with the luxury of hindsight, very fast computers, IT media and our constant quest for more and more information, that the story has been slowly unravelled. I'm not sure if it would have been possible fifteen or twenty years ago, as earlier hang gliding historians
An Easy Guide To Self Publish Your E-book
Price: Free! Words: 4,600. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2014. Category: Essay » Technology
This short book will enabled you to self publish your work in E-book format with Smashwords.com. It's valuable information that can get you started on a literary career. It's short, basic, and very easy to follow. It covers the so called tricks of the trade and mistakes that I learnt along the way. Explaining to the reader a rough idea of what will or won't be accepted with their publication.
Chasing Shadows
Price: Free! Words: 51,090. Language: British English. Published: December 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Englishman Michael J. Thompson served in Vietnam during 1968. He had his own ideas of jungle training, fighting and warfare that he had learnt while serving in other conflicts around the world. Where they had worked well and saved many lives. His golden rule was 'To see but not be seen, and eat nothing red'.
The Kansas Rascal
Price: Free! Words: 35,320. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Bradley Newman meets a girl on line in another country. Thinking he is in love, he springs a surprises visit on here, only to be surprised himself. Thing were not as he expected.
Price: Free! Words: 8,410. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
John is in a great relationship with his partner until the day she disappears. His friends and the locals turn against him, thinking that he has done something wrong. Luckily he befriends somebody who takes him for who he is. However, he is in for a shock and an ending that he did not expect.
Matthew Returns
Price: Free! Words: 55,150. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Matthew has been discharged from the British Army after serving 22 years. He returns to Suffolk and the small country side town of Stowmarket, in which he grew up. At first he finds it hard to settle back into the life he once knew. Finding it hard to obtain employment with skills he had picked up while in the Army. However, a shock awaits him when it comes to finding himself a girl friend.
The Autumn Reunion
Price: Free! Words: 25,310. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
While surfing on line James meets up with an old school flame, from way back. He agrees to escort her to an upcoming school reunion in Stowmarket. In doing so he also meets up with a few other earlier girl friends and although he was not looking for a new partner, he does find a few who are interested. However, a big surprise awaits him with an ending that catches him completely by surprise.
Johnny Morris and the Convertibles
Price: Free! Words: 72,290. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » General
Fiction based on fact of the late 50's early 60's Rock n Roll industry. by Terry Aspinall
British Hang Gliding History
Price: Free! Words: 40,320. Language: British English. Published: August 29, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » History » History of things
British Hang Gliding History. The Golden Years from 1971 to 1981 by Terry Aspinall
The Fabulous Spawlszoff Brothers
Price: Free! Words: 57,360. Language: British English. Published: August 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The Fabulous Spawlszoff Brothers is Fiction based on actual events that took place during the past 40 years.
The Adventures of Henri and Charlie
Price: Free! Words: 12,190. Language: British English. Published: August 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
The Adventures of Henri and Charlie. A short story for young children. In which animals can talk to each other. by Terry Aspinall
Almost Total Recall
Price: Free! Words: 388,440. Language: British English. Published: August 10, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Almost Total Recall an Autobiography by Terry Aspinall. From 1943 to 2014. Who served in the Royal Marines in Borneo during the Emergency Campaign. Became involved in Hang Gliding during 1973-74 and several Rock n Roll bands around the world. The highlight being when he and a couple of friends managed to change the history of the Modern Hang Glider. 388,455 Words and 1091 Pages.

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