Interview with Doug Cosman

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first one I can remember was from grade 2 back in elementary school. The teacher gave everyone a blank white hard cover book and asked us to write and illustrate a story. I called mine the time machine. It was about my friend and I riding our bikes into a mysterious cave where we lost our way and found a long abandoned alien craft. We ended up accidentally triggering its time machine function, battling aliens in the future, and saving Earth from destruction before we had to return home for dinner.
What is your writing process?
Currently whenever I get an idea i write it down right away. Since I am just getting started writing seriously, I find one that will work for a short story. Then i make an outline, think about the characters I want to have in the story and start writing from a blank document. Once thats done I go back over the story several times to try and polish it and make sure its exciting to read.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading scifi and fantasy books. As well I enjoy listening to narrated scifi short stories throughout my day Podcasts like Welcome to Nightvale and The Starship Sofa are my favourite.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like to read ebooks on my laptop or tablet.
Describe your desk
Right now it is my bed with a laptop and several pages of paper scattered around me scrawled with notes.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up here in Lumsden Saskatchewan Canada. Its a small town in the valley in the middle of the wide, flat prairie. The sky occupies about half of your view at any time around here due to the flat landscape so I looked at the stars a lot. I think this made me think about space and new ideas. I watched a lot of Star shows growing up, especially during the cold, dark winters. So this steered me to love science fiction writing.
Published 2014-03-20.
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Books by This Author

The Dugesian Saga, Part One: A Broken Peace
Price: Free! Words: 6,960. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Follow Captain Dugesia and his entrepreneuring crew of the trade ship Walrus as they seek their fortunes through honest commerce in the Market Alliance... Or will you root for Captain Barak and his band of scalawags of the aged battle frigate Black Seagull as they seek plunder by helping restore the Baccan Empire to its former glory? One thing is sure, the comfortable peace will be broken.
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Price: Free! Words: 3,220. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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Generational Ship Blues
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