Born in Texas, Doug Solter moved to Oklahoma when he was six years old. Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he went to college at nearby Oklahoma State where he earned a B.A. in Radio/TV/Film production. Since 1993, Doug has worked for a local television station in Tulsa.
What motivated Doug to become a writer in 1999? Working as a PA for a terrible film. The awful script convinced Doug that he could write better material. Two years later his fifth screenplay, Father Figure, became a semi finalist in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. It convinced Doug that he was on the right path.
His seventh script, The Veteran, and ninth script, Season of Speed, both ranked in the top 15 percent of the Nicholl Fellowships for two different years. His tenth script Rail Fan became a quarterfinalist in the competition in 2009.
For a greater understanding of the film making process, Doug directed his first short film The Bachelor and the Baby, sharing the writing duties with playwright Lance O’Connor. He then went on to direct his first music video, Cause I’m Black, for Dogg Pound rapper Dangerous Rob. The video made its debut in Los Angeles in 2005. Other directing projects followed, The Terror Within and Scott Daily. At the 2009 Bare Bones film festival, Scott Daily was nominated as best short film.
In late 2010, Doug wrote his first novel Skid, a young adult contemporary novel set in the world of Formula 1 racing.
Doug has written a second young adult novel and is currently outlining a third one.
on June 09, 2013 :
I can't recall reading a YA novel since reading Twilight (just to make sure what my teenage daughter was reading), but the author is from Tulsa and I love supporting fellow burgeoning artists. YA novels are a different style than the typical adult romance, mystery, etc, but once you find the rhythm, it's a fun read and kinda nice to break out of the typical novel mode and explore something new. I learned alot about racing and found the characters to be multi faceted and entertaining. I liked the plot and found the ending quite satisfying. I hope others expand outside the typical romance and check this book out. It's worth the time!
(review of free book)
on June 08, 2013 :
This book was a fast-paced wild ride set right in the center of the Formula 1 racing circuit. The characters were believable, and I got caught up in the action quickly. There were times I disconnected a little bit with the main character, because I was aggravated by the difference in her private and public personas without hearing about the frustration that comes with it. It didn't reduce my enjoyment of the story, though.
I appreciated the way the author brought me into the action of Formula 1 by using enough jargon to make the experience authentic, while not drowning me in so much that I couldn't follow it. I enjoyed both the action and backstory of this novel. I often thought the family stuff would have caused more difficulty for the main character, and I think that it could have enriched the story some.
Overall, this was a well-written story that kept me interested all the way through.
(review of free book)