Interview with Douglas Faber

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin---one of two children in my family. I was the older by 4 1/2 years and often had to entertain myself as both my Parents had full time jobs. By 3rd grade, i was already reading at the 8th grade level and I haven't stopped since. I started out with mysteries, Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle et al. and by College, graduated to J.R.R. Tolkien, whose "Lord of the Rings" I read my freshmen year. Virtually no-one comes close to the Master. I also read comic-books for a long period of my life and worked in B.Dalton bookstores, the precursor to Barnes & Noble, where I envisioned my name being on the cover and spine of books entertaining others. My dream is becoming a reality---i'm giving back to the entertainment field just what I received from it. Influences on my writing from where I grew up---I camped with my folks all around the State of Wisconsin and the United States itself---this had a lot to do with where I set my books. Now it is places I want to go to that are influencing my writing, such as Ireland, Angkor Wat, Easter Island, Greece and other exotic locals. The other way where i was raised and how it influenced my writing is that I felt I wanted to payback the countries whose Authors thrilled me with their novels and characters by giving them my characters, my stories, my sweat and toil, and with a growing list of downloads incurring in Great Britain, Canada, Australia and others, I feel that this is being accomplished. What a heady rush!
When did you first start writing?
.I first started writing right after College in the '80's but didn't seriously attack this calling till seven years ago, while I was working at Wal Mart. I was helping with the inventory of the Fabrics and Craft department, mostly measuring bolts of fabric and ribbons. The Manager of the Department at the time was Margaret and she ended up calling me "The Ribbon King", which sparked an interest in writing again. Though i didn't use the term or title, I did start a major renaissance in writing, which has led me in directions that i did not forsee. THe characters in my series, "The Airwalker Chronicles", have taken on lives of their own and the series has expanded to eleven books, two of which our available on Smashwords with the third soon to be added.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Since the "Airwalker Chronicles" is a running series, with continuity and recurring characters and themes, I had to try something different in the second book, tying together several of the themes such as Native American Elves, religious redemption and adults going through lifestyle changes. I split up the two main characters, Michael and Ellen, for the first 40% of "Invisible Empires", to push them to grow while apart from each others' love and protection, and to introduce the concept of Heaven's Wall---a massive border/barrier/walkway that separates Heaven from Hell. Following these tests that Michael has to go through, he is eventually reunited with his wife and soulmate, Eleanor(Ellen), and i send them to Kansas to investigate a Tribal gathering near the Kidder Massacre that involved a younger George Custer in the 1800's, a Ghost Dance with possible cosmic consequences to everyone on the Planet, whether white, black or Indian. Michael is seriously hurt and new allies are met for the first time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Since the "Airwalker Chronicles" is a running series, with continuity and recurring characters and themes, I had to try something different in the second book, tying together several of the themes such as Native American Elves, religious redemption and adults going through lifestyle changes. I split up the two main characters, Michael and Ellen, for the first 40% of "Invisible Empires", to push them to grow while apart from each others' love and protection, and to introduce the concept of Heaven's Wall---a massive border/barrier/walkway that separates Heaven from Hell. Following these tests that Michael has to go through, he is eventually reunited with his wife and soulmate, Eleanor(Ellen), and i send them to Kansas to investigate a Tribal gathering near the Kidder Massacre that involved a younger George Custer in the 1800's, a Ghost Dance with possible cosmic consequences to everyone on the Planet, whether white, black or Indian. Michael is seriously hurt and new allies are met for the first time.
What kind of reader will enjoy your books?
The kind of reader that enjoys getting to know the characters in the stories inside and out, finding out what makes them tick both with life and limb and the World is in jeopardy and when it is not; the kind of reader that enjoys watching the characters grow, live, love, start families, that get into careers and follow their hearts' desire in a business sense as well as what they do to protect the innocent and the helpless---stories that continue from one book to the next, often from one sentence in one book to a beginning sentence in the next. Since my books often create new situations that I had not conceived of when I start them, it's hard to guess where the next one might lead, when I don't even know! Also, readers who care about the people they read about, to watch them occasionally fall and be redeemed through their actions later on in one book or the next.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords set it all in motion after I had tried to find and court a literary agent and failed, over a four-year span, in the form of an e-book my Wife read by H.P. Mallory, a published in print and on e-books Author. H.P. Mallory wrote an e-book on how to become a self-published Author and my Wife pointed it out to me---i read it and after a short time debating, I decided to give it a whirl and I am ecstatic that I did. I also read Mark's book on the ins and outs of Smashwords and how they helped those like me who helped themselves, didn't charge us merely for the sake of becoming published---reducing the feeling that this was a vanity only project---and now I am a self-published AUTHOR! I have also been using the list Mark put out about formatters who get your book in e-publishing condition for a modest fee and I am very satisfied with john low and his book prelaunch associates---check out Mark's list if you need help in this regard, i'm very glad I did! The smashwords.com site has had great ideas on how to promote your book, easy steps on how to get your book published and since I started this endeavor of the soul, I have had over 430 downloads, a dozen sales or more and my dream has become a reality. Now these self-interviews? Another great idea and golden opportunity to promote my books and introduce myself and my characters to a whole new audience.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of reading is a very complicated question. My answer has many branches but I'll try to keep it somewhat limited to a top few. 1)The idea that people all over the world are getting even the smallest amount of enjoyment from me and my writings is a thrill I've rarely if ever before experienced. Feedback is always ALWAYS appreciated and helps me to reach new heights and garner new ideas for future books.That is the greatest joy---helping people enjoy their lives to a greater extent---what a feeling! 2)Research helps increase my knowledge of the world around me and behind me in its history and gives me even further ideas for new stories I have yet to write. An example would be when I was researching Ireland's Giant Causeway, I found out that ships of the 1588 Spanish Armada that were routed by the British crashed and sank around all of Irelands' coast. Now Spanish treasure, ghosts and Irish folktales came into my story(Book 5) and the action and stories and characters were all the richer for this.3)I enjoy reading myself immensely and reading over my books and my research gives me a satisfaction that is hard to accomplish in my "day job".4)Hopefully I can make a career out of this and shuck the dayjob.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. Everytime I see the downloads increase and arrive from other parts of the world than my own, I feel that I've made a new friend in each and every download. I would love to see more reviews posted after the books are read and I welcome whole-heartedly any emails to my personal email address listed in the books so I can learn from them and truly enjoy each one of the readers as true friends and people that I can further entertain and with a greater deal of success when they trust me with their opinions and their time in reading my stories.In fact, from this date on(8/31/2013), any reader that DOES email me at my personal email(I have yet to learn how to create a website) will have their first or last name used on a character starting in my 11th book in the series, "Invisible Miracles", which is still in the creation stage. Come one, come a lot and have some more fun with reading!
What are you working on next?
The 11th book in the series is "Invisible Miracles", that book is still in the long-hand writing into a leather bound journal that I use for my books stage. I have a short story written that takes place between the 10th book, "Invisible Babylon" and the aforementioned 11th book that will probably appear as a bonus with the publication of the latter book, I have a process that goes like this:1)Write the book long hand in a faux-leather notebook that i buy at Walmart;Upon finishing it, I type it or an earlier book into my laptop and save it on a flashdrive(I am currently doing this with "Invisible Malice", book 7):Then I print a copy, reread it and make corrections on my spelling mistakes and typing typos, while at the same time, making editorial changes and additions that I hope will improve the book; following this, I reenter my laptop with the changes and corrections and begin the creation of an outline for the cover, for my Artist, Paula Simmerman, to finish and then we start the publishing dance. At the time of this interview, I have just sent book 3 to my formatting team(see earlier questions and answers)---i am proofing books' 4, 5, and 6 while typing book 7 into/onto my laptop. Next, I hope to write another short story to fill in some "gaps" I have purposely left for future use and begin to get "Invisible Innocents" ready for publication.
Who are your favorite authors?
How many words do i get to use in this answer?(laughing) CUrrently, Richad Khadrey, Jim Butcher,C.E. Murphy, Paul Kane, Bill Pronzini, William Kent Krueger, Kevin Hearne(Rock on, Man!), Kim Harrison, Craig Johnson, Dana Stabenow, Arthur Conan Doyle, CHarles DeLint, Karen Slaughter, Kathy Reichs, Carrie Vaughn, Gail Carriger, Chalaine Harris, Richelle Mead, Christopher Golden, Thomas Sniegowski(Hope I spelled it right), James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell, David Brin, Robert Howard, Frank Miller, and the list never stops growing...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life and all it's infinite possibilities. That can't happen if you don't get out of bed. Suicide stops all things from happening, both good and bad, and things can't become better if you aren't there to be affected by them. Music, cats, my Daughter Kayleigh who's a freshmen this year at UW-Green Bay, my Wife Marie, new books, new music, old music, old books, WIsconsin's beautiful landscape, new books to research and write, new concerts to attend, new people to meet and talk to and to share my stories with...want more? I've got more!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being with my wife Marie, my daughter Kayleigh, my cats---Cyrano de Bratsky, Cassie(Cassandra) and Tarot the Queen---listening, shopping, searching for new music and books and reading them and listening to them, attending concerts from Heavy Metal to Musicals to The Civil Wars(My pick for best artist for the last three years), working(sigh), relaxing indoors or outdoors, etc.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The same way I find new hard copies of books to read: hit a local Barnes & Noble and write down titles that I don't buy in physical form, then have my wife pay for and download onto my Nook---though I do still prefer a hard copy of a book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, unfortunately.
Published 2013-09-06.
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Books by This Author

Invisible Innocents-Book 4 of the Airwalker Chronicles
Series: The AIrwalker Chronicles, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,020. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
j=Join Ellen and Michael in two separate adventures; first, they try to find the missing twins and forty other missing children in the forests of Wisconsin and face Shapeshifters, Skinwalkers and a new winter king; second, the band takes a busmans holiday and encounters deep ones, old gods, exotic locales and erotic adventures--with an ending that could end Michael and Ellen!
Invisible Empires
Series: The AIrwalker Chronicles, Book 3 · The AIrwalker Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 79,520. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Michael and Ellen's adventures continue! Michael is transported to Heaven's Wall, a barrier between Heaven and Hell, where dangerous tests for Armageddon await him. Ellen, Brigyd and the rest have Visionquests that lead everyone to Kansas, to try and stop a Ghost Dance from eliminating non-aboriginal people from the Earth. Will our heroes' love for each other stop evil once again? Read and findout
Invisible Paradox
Series: The AIrwalker Chronicles, Book 2 · The AIrwalker Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 84,910. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Now that Ellen and Eva, Michael's wife and sister, respectively, are both pregnant, a war is brewing over which child shall live and which shall die. A meeting with Gaia's Elementals, called the Wylde,brings about another attack by the old gods and someone from Michael's past...Will we hear the screams of the newborns or the screams of their would-be Parents? It comes to the final pages...
Invisible Domain
Series: The AIrwalker Chronicles, Book 1 · The AIrwalker Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 80,780. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
what do you do when you wake up in an alley, invisible, with no memories of who or what you are? and when you find a flophouse to gather what bits of your life you do remember, fall in love with a beautiful pixie princess? and when you start to research your past together and all heaven and hell would rather you stay under the radar with no memory, is a white wedding still a possibility?