Interview with Douglas47

Published 2018-04-20.
What are you working on next?
My next book will be something completely different from Fully Human: The Story of a Man Called Yeshua. It will be a different genre. I have several ideas, most that involve the subject of old age, and thoughts about afterlife. I am still in the process of creating a story arc. I usually take an idea, and write a chapter. Then, if it resonates, I will become passionate about it and choose that idea to continue writing. I am currently in that process.
Who are your favorite authors?
My very favorite author is James Michener. As I was writing this book, I kept thinking about what I always loved about him. I especially loved that he could teach history in such an entertaining manner. I tried as best as I could to emulate this. Other authors I enjoy are Ernest Hemingway, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King,
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am 70 years old, retired, and very happy. I am a yoga and Pilates teacher, and own a studio (Yoga Space) exactly 200 steps from my front door. I teach 7 days a week. Because it is a "neighborhood" studio, most of the people that attend are friends and neighbors. So for me, it's like getting up every day and hanging out with my friends. They say it's only work if you'd rather be doing something else. I wouldn't. I am also healthy, and just opening my eyes every morning and realizing that I'm still on this side of the flower patch is enough to fill me with joy, awe, and appreciation. I am also blessed with a wife of almost 48 years who is my lover, my best friend, and my soul mate. We are both dog lovers, and raise rescue beagles. Our current crop consists of a female named Brandy, and a male named Thunder. We did not name them. When we adopted them they were both about 10 years old, and came with those names. We felt no need to rename them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Besides teaching yoga and Pilates, I enjoy playing classical guitar. I am left handed and taught myself years ago to play a left handed guitar. I have played guitar on and off since I was 15 years old. I also enjoy exercise. It's kind of a self-motivating process for me, and I'm constantly researching and trying out new things to do. Currently, I'm into high intensity interval training (HIIT.)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I always look at the Washington Post's weekly list of books that others are reading. Then, I go to an online bookstore, (usually Amazon,) and read the book description and some of the reviews. Once I decide to read the book, if I like it, I will read others by that author.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was way too little to understand it, I saw the book Animal Farm, by George Orwell, on the bookshelf at home. I think I was about nine or ten. One of my older brothers told me I was too young to read it. Of course this came across to me as a dare, and so I read it anyway. My takeaway? I thought it was a fun story about animals that could talk!
How do you approach cover design?
Lucky for me, I have a friend and graphic artist, Randy Fletcher, who is the VIce President and Creative Director of Exarte Design, Inc. I have seen his work over the years, and I have always admired how he can create some exceptional artwork based solely on what someone describes to him, or writes to him. All I did was send him the description of my book, and he came up with four great ideas. I chose two of them, one for the e-cover, and one for the hard cover of my book. I will always use him in future books.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Tales of the South Pacific, by James Michener, because this was my first introduction to the author, and I so admired how he could weave history into colorful tales that just carried me away. During my teen years, he was my escape from the male traumas of being a teenager. I read almost all of his works, but this was the first, and thus my favorite.
2. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway. It was first published on October 21, 1940, thus exactly 7 years before I was born. Although it is a story of war, who cannot admire the way Hemingway writes? Once again, it was the first book I read by him. And so it became my favorite for the same reason as the previous book.
3. The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger. Yes, it was the first book I read by Salinger. Are you sensing a pattern here? But being a teen when I read it, I readily identified with the angst and alienation that the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, felt.
4. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. Fast forward to the present day, and I was captivated by the character Ove from the very first chapter where he is buying a computer. It's one of my favorites because the author turned the character from a grumpy old man, to someone who I will always think of as my friend.
5. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. Such beautiful imagery is contained in the pages of this book, and Marie-Laure LeBlanc sees so much more vividly with no eyes then I could ever see with the two I have.
What do you read for pleasure?
Two days a week I ride the metro to and from George Washington University where I teach yoga and Pilates as a one-hour credit course. I download books onto my Kindle for the trip. One of the persons I like to read is Dean Koontz. To me, his books are like candy. And I love how he writes. Lately I have been reading a lot of thrillers and mysteries by James Patterson, Michael Connelly, and of course Stephen King. Last month I downloaded a book of short stories from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine which I am currently reading.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have only one e-reading device: a Kindle. I love it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
This is my very first book, so I am not yet able to say what book marketing techniques work for me.
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Books by This Author

Fully Human:The Story of a Man Called Yeshua
Price: $7.50 USD. Words: 161,530. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Religious
Fully Human: The Story of a Man Called Yeshua presents an alternative history of Jesus, one that renders him in flesh and blood, someone both more worldly and mystical than the figure recounted in Biblical stories. This imagining of Yeshua’s lost years takes place in India, and shows a child becoming a man with the full range of human emotions but also profound insights and powers.