John Phipps


John is a retired Sales Engineer.
After a Grammar school education started work in an accounts office of a major London company.
Did National Service in the RAF for two years as an Instrument Mechanic.
Subsequently became an Aircraft Fitter, then a draughtsman with several Aviation and Instrument companies.
Then working in the Industrial Control and Instrumentation Industry as A Technical Sales Engineer,and finally Sales Manager and Director.Other interests: Theatre, Golf and Modern History.
John loves writing, and has had many articles published in different media. He started his first novel novel, 'THE MALTA ENIGMA' a few years ago, but like a lot of writers, shelved it for a few years owing to being involve in other projects.
In the meantime, having been asked by younger relatives about his experiences in WW2, he wrote and published his first book, 'LIVING THROUGH A WAR' which was so successful, he was spurred on to complete the novel. The rest is history, as they say!
'THE MALTA ENIGMA' was published July 2013, this being his first venture into fiction.
It is an exciting detective mystery story, set in the beautiful island of Malta. It has pace and intrigue, as the protagonists uncover historic events and crimes dating back to World War Two Malta, and the Island's struggle for survival against the Nazi threat.
The story also has a strong love interest as the chief character falls for a woman who has returned to the island to discover her ancestry.
John's latest book 'PROTECTING PINS and PASSWORDS' is a simple guide to on-line security for home users.
Other projects that John is working on include a book for young people aged 8- 18, which will hopefully become a series,and several ideas for semi-fictional war stories.
Another new book 'SAM'S MAGIC SURFBOARD' published on Smashwords today, 2nd June 2016
A book for younger readers and those not so young who enjoy an easy read and an interesting adventure story.
Sam Brown discovers surfing in the \West Country while holidaying with his parents.
He soon becomes an expert surfer with the help of a mystical Hawaiian recluse who takes him under his wing, imparting the secrets and magic of ancient Hawaiian customs and religion.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
What are you working on next?
A novel based on the experiences of a late uncle during WW2 Aircrew.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find John Phipps online

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Sam's Magic Surfboard
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,020. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » General
This is a book for young adults and the not so young. Follow the adventures of Sam Brown as he discovers surfing in the West Country. He meets a lot of colourful characters, including a mystical Hawaiian recluse who passes on the secrets of the art of surfing Hawaiian style. Together, they build a surfboard injected with magic passed down by generations of Hawaiian chieftains.
Protecting Pins and Passwords
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers & Internet » Data storage
A simple, no-nonsense guide to internet security for the home computer user. No advanced computer skill is needed.
The Malta Enigma
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 135,370. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » General
A holiday becomes an adventure when George Swift visits the island of Malta. He meets a beautiful woman who is there to discover her Maltese ancestry. Other guest in the hotel join them in a quest to find an inheritance left there by her relatives. The couple fall in love as they gradually uncover crimes and intrigue dating back to Word War 2. The story has pace and detail, love and romance.
Living Through a War
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 38,270. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
The true story of a family in World War 2, seen through the eyes of a boy who was just six and a half years old at the outbreak of war. It is the amusing and sometimes poignant story of the actual experiences of the author as he grew up amidst the dangers of the blitz,and the anxiety of his relatives in danger in the forces.The events all took place, with actual dates added from his research.

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