Doug Farren

Biography

I can be reached at farrendoug@hotmail.com.

Born in Franklin, PA but raised in Minnesota. I like to call Forest Lake my home town even though I haven't lived there since I was 17. I joined the Navy in 1976 and spent 11 fun years as a nuclear operator in the surface fleet. I am now employed at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Ohio where I work as an instrumentation and controls technician.

I've always enjoyed reading science fiction (I can thank my dad for that) and I've always had an avid interest in high technology and computers. I have done computer programming as a consultant specializing in complex database conversion.

I try to write stories that can actually happen some day with science based mostly in fact. Lasers can't be seen in space, explosions can't be heard, and ships can't do the seemingly impossible without at least some type of explanation.

I am married to a wonderful wife and I have 2 daughters from a previous marriage. I now have two granddaughters as well but that does not mean I'm old!

Book reviews:

http://flyingwithredhaircrow.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/dragonverse-by-doug-farren/

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
It takes a publisher an average of 9 months or more to respond to a submission. Multiple submissions are discouraged which means an author can have a novel tied up for years while waiting to be rejected. If it is accepted, there is another year or so wait before the book actually comes out. The author not only loses out on a lot of potential income but once a novel is picked up by a publisher he or she loses control of the book. If you discover an error or you want to make a minor change so it meshes with an unplanned sequel/prequel you're out of luck. As a new author, I knew the odds of being accepted were pretty much zero and so I opted to publish as an indie. I've never regretted that decision. I am not totally against traditional publishers but I'm not going to seek them out.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is part of my overall strategy to get my books out in the wild to the largest audience possible. Smashwords continually searches for ways to expand an author's potential market. The founder, Mark Coker, is an avid supporter of indie publishing and has created one of the best places for an author to distribute a novel. Nobody else has anything that even comes close.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Doug Farren online


Where to buy in print


Books

Galactic Alliance (Book 4) - Peacekeeper
By Doug Farren
Series: Galactic Alliance. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 108,720. Language: American English. Published: October 19, 2013. Category: Fiction
The Peacekeepers were the solution to a problem: How do you enforce the laws of a society made up of a dozen species spread out across hundreds of planets? Communications specialist Tom Wilks is about to find out just how demanding a Peacekeeper's life can be as he undertakes the journey to becoming one of them.
Off Course
By Doug Farren
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,420. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2012. Category: Fiction
The interstellar freighter Star-Pulse is thrown far off course when it encounters a rare disturbance in hyperspace. Stranded hundreds of light-years from home, the Captain must not only overcome a common phobia he must also convince the indigenous population of the star system they have found themselves in that his ship is not a scout from a hostile civilization.
When Ships Mutiny
By Doug Farren
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,200. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2012. Category: Fiction
Cipher is a vengeance class battleship built to protect human colonies from the Evendi. While trying to find the truth behind an accusation made by one of his fellow ships, he uncovers a dark secret hidden deep inside himself and unknowingly initiates a sequence of events that would affect not only the entire human race, but the Evendi as well.
Dragonverse 2 - Ishef's Revenge
By Doug Farren
Series: Dragonverse. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,440. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2011. Category: Fiction
Revenge has ruled Ishnef's life ever since Terry and his bound dragon, Glahmelia, killed Omen - an abomination which she had created. The peaceful town of Inshlo thought things would return to normal following Omen's demise. Little did they know that revenge would drive Ishnef to create an even more powerful creature created specifically to avenge Omen's death.
Dragonverse
By Doug Farren
Series: Dragonverse. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,220. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Dragons and wizards walked the Earth in the distant past. The memories of their short time here reverberate today in the form of myth and legend. The truth, as some are aware, is that dragons still exist. Terry Cashington's life is forever changed when he learns this truth and makes contact with a dragon. This is the story of how his journey began.
Galactic Alliance (Book 3) - Honor Thy Enemy
By Doug Farren
Series: Galactic Alliance. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,660. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2010. Category: Fiction
(3rd edition) Imprisoned within a hyperdimensional barrier, the Chroniech applied all their intellect to finding a way out. After 15 years they succeeded. During that time the Chroniech had been building warships as fast as their shipyards could produce them. With the barrier breached, the unstoppable invasion force descended upon the Alliance with one goal in mind - EXTERMINATION!
Galactic Alliance (Book 2) - Chroniech
By Doug Farren
Series: Galactic Alliance. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,610. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2009. Category: Fiction
(2.00 from 1 review)
(3rd edition) The Galactic Alliance was created in the wake of the Human/Alliance war and peace has existed for five decades. The ancient race of the Chroniech, however, have other plans. The Komodo Dragon under the command of Captain Ken Stricklen has found something they want and the discovery triggers an interstellar war.
Galactic Alliance (Book 1) - Translight!
By Doug Farren
Series: Galactic Alliance. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 138,690. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2009. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
(3rd edition) Earth has developed a stardrive. The stars are now ours - or so we think. Others have gotten there before us. Facing isolation within our own star system, Earth is forced to form a united government and join the Consortium. Humans, however, have a knack for getting into trouble and it doesn't take long before things start to unravel. This is book one of the Galactic Alliance series

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