Ieuan BP Dolby, Marine Consultant and author based in Dundee, Scotland

Many moons ago and as a naive wee kid I began, what unexpectedly turned out to be, a lengthy career as a Marine Engineer in the Merchant Navy. Twenty-five years passed rapidly by - to the top rank of Chief Engineer (not Captain) - before I relocated ashore as a Technical Superintendent for a UK based ship-owner. Then, still with an avid thirst for adventure, my family and I lived the expatriate life in Singapore where I consulted on and investigated numerous ship casualties; sinking vessels, super-yacht fires, groundings and metal-screeching, fully-laden collisions.

Today, having settled in Dundee, Scotland with my wife and two sons, I continue to advise on port and vessel technical issues and marine casualties whilst writing articles, short stories and full-length novels when time permits - the sea often but not always as the backdrop.

My debut crime-suspense novel 'Fall of the Suns' is published, and alongside mountains of other projects I am currently working on the 'Memoirs of Captain Silas E Park' - the hilarious romps with a continually scuppered and retired sea captain who incorrectly relives his past from a seat at the bar.