T. C. Isbell


My family moved around quite a bit when I was young. I like to say we were one step ahead of the law, but that's not true. I was a service brat. In the sixties we settled in San Diego. I served six years in the Navy with most of that time spent on the USS Enterprise as a nuclear plant operator. After my discharge, I attended college and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. In the eighties I moved to Bremerton, Washington, where I worked as an engineer at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard until my retirement in 2005.

Like many authors, I started writing in high school. In the sixties and seventies I wrote short stories and poems influenced by those turbulent times. During the eighties I wrote articles for The Rodder's Bulletin, a monthly street rod newspaper. After retirement, I finally had time to devote to writing full time. I am expanding my horizons with a series of historical thrillers set in the period just before the United States officially entered World War II. I have always had a deep interest in two periods of American history: The Civil War and World War II. I enjoy painting pictures with words, creating new characters, bringing them to life, and watching what happens. Sometimes they surprise me.


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In 2010 I wrote a short story called Mattie's Shoes. It placed in the 79th Annual Writer's Diget Writing Competition in the category of Literary Short Story. It's not a mystery, but you might enjoy reading about Mattie Johnson. She, like many of us, ignores some of life's more painful issues until they no longer remain hidden and she is forced to confront them. Click on the link below to read an excerpt from Mattie's Shoes.

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