Ian Atkinson joined the Royal Navy in February 1979 as a marine engineering mechanic and served 32 years on an eclectic mixture of ships, submarines and shore establishments, before finally retiring in April 2011, as a chief petty officer. He was offered a position in the defence industry working in Bristol and continues to support the Royal Navy’s fleet of submarines.
He has been happily married to Anita for approaching 34 years. They live near Bristol with an ageing Siberian forest cat, called ‘Squiggle’.
Back in Action is Ian’s his first attempt at writing a novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wrote a memoir entitled 32 Years Man & Buoy charting my service in the Royal Navy. After it was published, my editor suggested writing a novel, as he put it, 'You have a way of telling a story'
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Probably my mother. I created a web site detailing my career in the Royal Navy and my mum said, 'There's a book here, why don't you write about it?' So I did.