Rogue Trident: A Novel[Crossposted from Unconsidered Trifles] Fellow submariners will recognize this situation: it's late in a midwatch and (just when you think it will be another uneventful night of staring at dials and logbooks) someone in Maneuvering asks a question out of left field that starts a long, enthusiastic conversation--often with someone chiming-in that "that would make a great novel!"
Well, one former USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) officer had precisely that experience--and acted on it!
Hindinger was passing time by talking with others during a mid-watch in the 1990s aboard USS Kentucky (SSBN 737). He then found himself kicking around the question, how, if a Sailor lost his marbles, could he steal a submarine? The question made for some good fodder during the watch for his shipmates, but Hindinger took the question further and wrote a book based around the discussion.Now, a decade and 20 re-writes later, John Hindinger has a novel out: Rogue Trident. As a matter of fact, he's already (in two months) finished the sequel to this book!
And how many submariners can relate to this as well:
Good for him! Way to act on those inclinations, work hard, and see a dream come true.
Following his time on USS Kentucky, Hindinger set about the process of writing the book and initially used it as a way to kill time.
''Writing helped relieve boredom while I was on shore duty,'' said Hindinger. ''I started out writing science fiction and started this book in 1996.''