Interview with Eric Douglas

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I usually have an environmental theme in my stories, so there is nothing more rewarding to me than to have a reader tell me they enjoyed the story first, but also learned a few things at the same time. I’m not saying my books are “educational” but they do have story lines that revolve around the ocean and marine life that readers may not be familiar with. The second greatest joy is hearing from someone who knows what I was talking about who tells me I got it right.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I write full time, so it is my job and I think of it that way. I get up every morning and go to work. The great thing about being a full time writer is that I take my inspiration from a lot of different places so when I am feeling stagnant, I can go do “something” or explore or take a trip and that is all part of the job. I love adventure and seeing the world, especially from a unique angle.
What is your writing process?
My writing process may seem a little haphazard, but it works for me. I get an inspiration for a story, often from real events and then stew on it for a while, planning and plotting in my head. I usually have a rough outline in my head when I start writing, but it is very rough. Often, as I am writing, the story takes twists and turns that I didn’t expect. Most days I will spend my morning promoting books, working on social media and answering emails. It seems my more creative writing time is in the afternoon so I try to hit it for a couple hours every day.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My first three novels were originally published with a publisher, but it was a frustrating experience. I was one of many and they were pretty inflexible. They weren’t willing to listen to promotional ideas or ways to get my books out there. As the publishing revolution hit in the last few years, I decided I could do better on my own, be in control of my own destiny if you will. I’ve never looked back.
What are you working on next?
I always have a couple different projects going at any given time. Right now, I am working on a biography about a disabled diver who sets world records and a How To book on collecting oral histories. I also have a new novel in the works. It’s about 10,000 words in, but mapped out.
What do your fans mean to you?
Like a lot of writers, I write the books I would like to read. So, even if no one read them, I would probably still write. For me, writing is like reading except I get to decide what happens to the characters. That said, I love my fans. I realize there are so many options when it comes to entertainment and books to read so when someone chooses to spend time in one of my stories, it is a great feeling. My fans are what drives me to continue, to try new things and to keep it fresh and interesting. I never want to let them down.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler. I’ve been told I write in the same vein as those two. I’m a fan of Carl Hiaasen as well. Jim Butcher is really creative and I’ve read just about all of his books. I really enjoy SG Redling as well. She is new, but has some great stuff.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My passions are scuba diving, photography and my family. Those three things take up just about all of my spare, non-writing time.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Like most readers, I get a lot of recommendations by word of mouth. I read a range of things from fiction to non-fiction, but I love to get tips about great writers or books. Every once in a while, I will also read an out-of-print ebook from a long-dead writer.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an Android tablet that I do all of my ebook reading on. It’s a great way to read in multiple formats so I don’t feel locked into a single retailers books. I still read “real” books, but probably 80 percent of my reading is on the tablet. I love to be able to learn about a book, download it on the spot and begin reading immediately.
Published 2017-08-22.
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Books by This Author

Water Crisis: Day Zero
Series: Mike Scott thriller series. Pre-release—available July 31, 2018. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,500. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Dwindling freshwater resources around the world are causing unrest, riots and civil war. Photojournalist Mike Scott uncovers a Russian oligarch’s plans to throw the United States in turmoil. He is in for the fight of his life to stop it and prevent a Day Zero in the United States.
Turks and Chaos: Hostile Waters
Series: Mike Scott thriller series, Book 9. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 43,170. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
News photographer Mike Scott is on a dive vacation and gets taken hostage when armed gunmen board the dive boat. When the identity of the head pirate is exposed, he declares that all the passengers will die when they reach their destination. It’s up to Mike, the passengers, and crew to overcome the pirates and save their own lives.
Oil and Water: Crash in Curacao
Series: Mike Scott thriller series, Book 7. Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off!) Words: 35,960. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A jet plane crashes in the waters off of the island nation of Curacao catapulting international news photographer Mike Scott on a chase to figure out who brought down the plane and why. More importantly, he has to save the life of the pilot he rescued from the water after the crash and his own life in the process.
Mike Scott Box Set Volume #2
Series: Mike Scott thriller series. Price: $7.99 $4.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 253,350. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
This box set includes Mike Scott thriller novels numbers 4-6 and a bonus short story that features Mike Scott. Mike Scott is an international photojournalist who travels the world and finds adventure. His work often takes him to exotic places above and below the ocean surface. Mike Scott novels feature beautiful locations, scuba diving, intrigue, mystery and excitement.
Heart of the Maya: Murder for the Gods
Series: Mike Scott thriller series, Book 5. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 85,930. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Speaking at his alma mater Mike Scott learns that the death of a friend 25 years before might not have been an accident. That discovery, and the revelation of who was behind the murder, sends Mike on a hunt to find a missing Mayan statue that contains the “heart of the Maya” before a lunatic drug dealer with delusions of grandeur kills a friend and corrupts the Mayan people.
Mike Scott Box Set: Volume #1
Series: Mike Scott thriller series. Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 244,720. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
This box set includes the first three Mike Scott thriller novels and a bonus short story that features Mike Scott. Mike Scott is an international photojournalist who travels the world and finds adventure. His work often takes him to exotic places above and below the ocean surface. Mike Scott novels feature beautiful locations, scuba diving, intrigue, mystery and excitement.
Return to Cayman: Paradise Held Hostage
Series: Mike Scott thriller series, Book 6. Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 91,430. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A cruise ship drops anchor on a reef. Mike Scott is trapped inside and nearly dies. A car is hacked and runs into the harbor, nearly drowning the driver. When all of the island’s communications are shut off from the world by an environmental terrorist, it is up to Mike Scott to put a stop to it. When they realize something else is going on, they realize the whole world is in danger.
Flooding Hollywood: Fanatics at the Dam
Series: Mike Scott thriller series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 91,670. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Criminals in Los Angeles are using a dive operation to smuggle illegal drugs into the City of Angels. Or are they up to something more sinister? It is up to photographer Mike Scott to figure it out. And he has to do it before disaster strikes the heart of the city. Before it all ends, he will face danger and fanaticism in the Hollywood Hills.
Tales from Withrow Key: Thriller Short Stories from the Florida Keys
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 98,720. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Tales from Withrow Key is an anthology of Withrow Key thriller short stories. Each tale centers around the adventures of Jackson Pauley, a New York City firefighter who retired after 9/11 and his partner Randy Littlebear, a tribal cop from the reservation to the north. And don’t forget the rest of the characters that make up the Conch Republic.
Wreck of the Huron: Cuban Secrets
Series: Mike Scott thriller series, Book 4. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 88,330. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The USS Huron sank off the coast of North Carolina in 1877, taking most of her crew and a mystery with it. A present-day storm uncovers the ship's lock box, but when the archaeologist helping them unravel the contents disappears, after finding a hidden message inside, Mike Scott heads to Cuba, to discover the secret message that sank with the Huron and the whereabouts of the archaeologist.
Guardians' Keep: Mystery below the Adriactic
Series: Mike Scott thriller series, Book 3. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 95,970. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Searching an underwater site in Italy, archaeologist Dr. Francesca “Frankie” DeMarco runs into Guardians trying to keep her from discovering the truth. To unlock the mystery of the site, Frankie and journalist Mike Scott have to overcome a group of delusional fanatics. If they are successful, they might just find a religious artifact lost to history. Or they might be entombed with it forever.
The 3rd Key: Sharks in the Water
Series: Mike Scott thriller series, Book 8. Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 85,310. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Sharks are attacking divers in the Florida Keys. Mike Scott barely survives the first incident. But it doesn’t make sense. Is there something else going on? Is it the statue itself? Or is there a larger conspiracy? It’s up to Mike to unravel the mystery before anyone else gets hurt. Or killed.
Cayman Cowboys: Reefs Under Pressure
Series: Mike Scott thriller series, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 84,160. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
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The gruesome death of a girl, a protest of new development and the systematic destruction of coral reefs on Grand Cayman all alert photojournalist Mike Scott that criminal elements are at work on the idyllic island. When Mike’s buddy Kelly is kidnapped, it is a race against time for Mike to save his friend and bring down the greedy developer putting his own wealth before the beauty of the island.
Lyin' Fish
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 31,810. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The crew from the nationally-syndicated talk radio show ScubaRadio comes to sleepy Withrow Key for a lionfish rodeo, but immediately Jackson Pauley feels something isn’t right. “Greg the Divemaster” Holt can barely dive. The radio show is a disaster. When Duffy, the local bar owner, goes missing Jackson, Littlebear and Zach jump into action to unravel the mystery and save their friend.
Life Under the Sea
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 12,790. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
An adventurer comes to Withrow Key, planning to live on the bottom of the ocean for six months. When a late-season hurricane pops up in the gulf and Withrow Key is expecting a direct hit. Jackson and his nephew Zach have to decide whether to let the aquanauts ride the storm out under the water or to rescue them and let them try it again later. As usual, nothing is ever simple on Withrow Key.
Caesar's Gold
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 12,680. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Jackson Pauley and his nephew Zach happen upon a buried vault with ties to Black Caesar. Seeing the vault and discovering a journal left behind by the person who built it, they are intrigued by the prospects of gold treasure. When men threaten Zach, and an archaeologist called in to investigate the vault goes missing, they decide to solve the mystery before anyone else gets hurt.
Sea Monster
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 11,760. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Walking Bob, a local hermit, is hearing noises at night and is scared enough to break his routine. He leaves his island and comes to Withrow Key to let Jackson Pauley know about a “sea monster” out on the ocean. Realizing there is something scaring the old man, whether it is a sea monster or something more mundane, Jackson decides to investigate.
Queen Conch
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories · Mike Scott thriller series. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 12,300. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Queen Conch is a protected species in the United States, but smugglers are catching them close to Withrow Key for restaurants in Miami. In the process, they are tearing up the coral reefs and creating an environmental disaster. It is up to Jackson Pauley and Randy Littlebear to determine if this is simply an illegal fishing operation or if someone is making a land grab.
Frog Head Key
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 13,570. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Bootleggers destroy a boat near Withrow Key, killing the passengers. When two young men from Jackson Pauley’s dive shop visit Frog Head Key to investigate, one of them is killed and the other is put in the hospital. The bootleggers might just be up to something more sinister than illegal whiskey. When Jackson Pauley learns what happened, he is determined to keep them from hurting anyone else.
Put it Back
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 7,570. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
When divers find a mysterious box underwater near Withrow Key, they bring it to the surface. Odd things start happening around the island. Before the supernatural forces at work are released spelling doom for the local residents and the treasure hunters alike, Jackson Pauley and Randy Littlebear have to put the box it back to where it came from.
Sea Turtle Rescue and other stories: The Adventures of Jayne and Marie
Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 29,220. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
Two young girls move to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and learn about the ocean and life on the coast. There are four early chapter books in this collection, written for readers six- to nine-years-old. The stories are exciting but also include information on science, the ocean and history.
Bait and Switch
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 10,910. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Drug smugglers are flying their cargo into the Florida Keys when their plane crashes just offshore from Withrow Key. Diving on the crash site for the local sheriff, Jackson realizes everything isn’t quite what it seems. It is up to Jackson and his friends to make sure the drug cartel doesn’t see his home as a route for drugs ever again by performing a bait and switch.
Going Down With the Ship
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: Free! Words: 20,460. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The USS Beauregard is slated to become the Florida Keys’ latest diving shipwreck to attract tourists to Withrow Key. But something else is going on with the wreck and environmentalist Andrea Perez is trying to find someone who will listen to her. She knows something isn’t quite right with the ship but can’t figure out exactly what, until she is kidnapped.