Hello, I’m Robert Rankine although I use my initials to go by the name R.G Rankine.
Thanks for taking the time out to learn a little more about me. I am thirty-seven years old and live and work in London, England. To sum me up I am a product of 80’s children television, wasted Catholic schooling, excessive watching of Hollywood and World cinema, 90’s Brit Pop, years of dedicated physical training interspersed with years of dedicated physical abuse, a loving mother, private and public sector employment, NHS benefiter and the best set of friends ever (although I am always open to good offers as knowing them as long as I do the jokes can run a little dry). Even though I can’t really tell you what the 00’s were about and I now own jazz albums, have completed a degree in Literature with The Open University, lost my hair, own an iPhone and think kids are far too loud on the bus I still am just a version of my seventeen year old self.
I have a love of the arts and it all stems from reading. I was one of those that picked up big books far too early and far too naively (skimming my eyes across the page looking intensely studious convinced no-one) but it set in motion a respect and reverence for those who could take a feeling and portray it for others to see. I was also one of those (one of those being pretty much all of us) that told myself I would do something like write or paint or compose… one day. For me that day was about fifteen years after I thought it would be but nonetheless it came and I hope that this website, my blog, my social media pages and of course, most importantly, my stories show you the path I have set upon.
I formed Thinking Plainly Limited in January 2012 in order to self publish stories in the form of ebooks and it has been a wonderful journey into such a huge and fascinating community. I go by the title of Self-Published Indie Author but would like to make it clear I am very much at the start of my development as a writer: a novice, a beginner, a hopeful... but one that has the determination to know this will be a life long expedition and I am excited to see where it takes me.
I am interested in contemporary fiction and write short stories that have a focus on modern life. I hope you will find something you enjoy here within Thinking Plainly and will stay with me as I try... and try again. One thing I have learnt so far is you never know where a single line of text can take you or a simple introduction can lead so please feel free to get in touch, say hello and connect.
Thanks for reading.
- Harpy Blinks (2016)
- Collection Three (2016)
- Collection Two (2015)
- Three Minutes (2015)
- 15 Soon (2015)
- My Father Loves (2012)
- Collection One (2012)
- The Silent Spaces (2012)