Doug Farren


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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!

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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.
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