Veteran Author Pulls from Navy Days for 'Bubbleheads'


During Steven Brock's service in the U.S. Navy, he spent time on the submarine USS Lapon SSN 661.

His debut book, "Bubbleheads," is a fictional story set on the fast attack submarine.

The term "bubbleheads" is slang for submariners, according to the book's summary.

"Join the high-spirited often crazy antics of the crew on a fast-attack submarine as they overcome the challenges of a five month Mediterranean deployment," the book's summary states.

Brock grew up in New Ellenton. The Aiken High School graduate joined the Navy in 1978, when he was 24. His service concluded in 1984.

"I joined the Navy and volunteered for submarine duty as a nuclear electrician. I tell people it's a fancy title, but it means I can change light bulbs in the reactor compartment," Brock said. "The Navy gave me the chance to visit countries I've only read about. Growing up in a small town, going to Augusta was the big city."

His daughter, Savannah, designed the book cover, and the author is planning to turn the book into a series.

"Bubbleheads" was released in May and is $9.95 for the paperback and $4.95 for the ebook. It can be purchased through major online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Brock will do a book signing at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W., on Aug. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The author was born at Fort Gordon and lived at West Palm Beach for more than 10 years before he returned to Aiken in order to be closer to his parents in New Ellenton.

For more information on the author or to contact him, visit his "BUBBLEHEADS THE BOOK" Facebook page.

Stephanie Turner is the features reporter with the Aiken Standard, where she covers health topics, the arts, authors and restaurants. She graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012. ___

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