Bruce Abbott


I was born and raised in the little town of Eastbrook, in downeast Maine in 1952. We lived on a subsistence farm and raised chickens and pigs, grew a garden, cut firewood, and generally supported ourselves. My dad was a mechanic, and the first in the area to attend the Lincoln mechanics school in Boston before World War Two. I've been a mechanic for over 40 years; if it burns a petroleum product I have probably worked on it.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
I've been a mechanic all my life, just like my dad. The only problem was, I always asked the wrong question. When an engine is misbehaving, the mechanic is supposed to ask 'how; how do I stop it from doing this, or how do I make it run properly. I always seemed to need to ask 'why'. Why is this engine doing this? That led me to all sorts of destinations that I had not anticipated, like Daniel Bernoulli's descriptions of the laws of fluid flow, and Michael Faraday's observations of electricity and magnetism. I got diverted into astronomy, archaeology, metallurgy, chemistry and physics. It has been a strange journey, and it is not over yet...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had toyed with the idea of writing a book since the 1990's. Looking at the options back then, if you didn't have a lot of time to devote to promotion the chances of publishing were slim at best, unless you went the route of the vanity press. I was determined that any book I wrote would stand on its own, and not need to be floated by cash.
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Since Hero: A Mechanic's History of the Age of Power
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,500. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, & technology » History
A general-interest history of the development of power technology over the last two thousand years. Steam engines, internal combustion engines, nuclear power, and more are described and simplified for the reader's understanding and enjoyment. The author is a professional mechanic who has worked on everything from humble lawn mower engines to multi-million dollar gas turbines.

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