Born in Northern Ireland in 1947 Tom Jobling has enjoyed a wide rich and varied lifestyle. It is a life following retirement which is again bearing a wealth of notions and tales.
Having been brought up by the sea, boats and boating were destined to be close companions. Sport and a natural competitive instinct led him successfully into the world of competitive sailing. He remains a championship level yachtsman and that coupled with the knowledge gained by growing up within ‘the swinging sixties’ has allowed him to complete his first novel: CHASING SHADOWS.
The writing bug came out of the blue; persuaded to take over the yachting column of the East Antrim Times back in the late sixties expanded into reporting for nautical magazines. A weekly column in a Sunday (NI) newspaper followed. In the mid seventies a freelance adventure summoned. If nothing else, he reasoned, it would free him from an awful office desk.
The then leading periodicals Yachts & Yachting and Yachting & Boating Weekly (who owned his name), together with Ireland Afloat and Yachting Life, alongside provincial newspapers became the main income providers. Everything was rosy. That was until the taxman called, as did marriage and family. TN Jobling thereafter had to find gainful employment; nautical scribing and other writing assignments other than business briefs, were placed on hold, for some 30 years!
Works so far include:
- The Big Event; a regatta planning and management guide which was described by the Royal Yachting Association as a’ best practice’ document.
- Champions & High Achievers; An archiving work recording the great and the good at East Antrim Boat Club from its inception in 1950 through to the present day.
- Chasing Shadows is his debut novel. At 70,000 words and some three years in the making it will soon be available via Amazon and Lulu.com.
- Resting on a rising tide of tales the next TN Jobling novel will be titled; Arthur’s Dead. But in the meantime he is working on a collective of short stories.
Plenty of words still to come from this new Irish based novelist and nautical scribe…