David Gowrie

Biography

I travel a lot. I have done so since I left Canada for Scotland at eighteen and found myself in New Zealand by the time I was twenty. I retired at twenty-eight and ran an alternative energy business which meant that I had to get a real job again eight years later. I used to collect countries but found that rather shallow and have since been returning to old favourites to savour the changes. I have lived in several countries and in October of 2014 decided to do a 'superintensivo' course in French while in Quito, Ecuador. Now I have seventeen more Spanish speaking friends. I trained originally as a Ship's Officer and that has taken me around the world more times than I can recall and from the Arctic to two-and-a-half years serving on an Antarctica. Research ship. Great fun - only almost died twice a year. I am a Marine Electronics and Electrical Engineer with Post Graduate degrees in IT (Systems Analysis) and the Philosophy of Religions. The latter has never earned me any money but has made me feel better about it. I have two ex-wives living in Scotland along with three sons though as one is an Archeologist I am never quite sure where he is. I started "To Regain His Soul" in a tent in Louisburgh, Nova Scotia in Oct 2013 and finished the first draft in a chalet on the beach at Mancora, Peru in January 2014. After 42 revisions it is now fifty thousand words longer and I hope much improved.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually the necessity to head for the bathroom. Then again I wake alert - I can be in a fugue state, revising whatever is spinning through my mind and then I am awake. It doesn't matter if it is 05:00 - when I am awake I get up and start the day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I travel. Either between countries or around South America. I love mountains. After a life spent at sea I now live at 2,800 metres above sea level and own two vehicles. One is a 1996 Land Rover Discovery which I use for mountain climbing - especially volcanoes, the livelier the better. The other is a 1971 Saab 96 converted for classic rallying. A right gas of a machine. I take thousands of photographs and update my cameras every years or so. I stopped carrying a standard SLR after one I was carrying overbalanced me and I fell off Machu Pichu (the mountain). I managed to get about a third of my library (about 500 books) from Scotland to Ecuador so I still have much to catch up on.
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Books

To Regain His Soul, A Tale of the Wayfarer
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 159,270. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Humans knew that things sometimes happened for no real reason and they called such occurrences ‘coincidences’. Humans were very familiar with coincidences. God’s knew that there were no such things. Ehrlian knew that he was no god but just now he was rather wishing that he was one. He had too much power to ignore and too little to make a stand.

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