Interview with Douglas Graves

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Ohio, and the only way it has really had any influence on my writing is that I tend to write about what would be considered hillbillies or rednecks, and some locations based upon the area I grew up in.
When did you first start writing?
I have written short stories since I was in junior high. It hasn't been until I reached over 40 years of age that I have considered writing a novel of any kind however.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My debut novel will be a zombie apocalypse tale. It will be about a group of former military motorcycle club members who survive the apocalypse due to being at a secluded bunker while at a regional chapter meeting when the zombie virus is released. It's a story I have had in my head for over 20 years, but never had the courage to write.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have spent the last few years getting to know some amazing indie authors, and they have encouraged me to follow my dream and share the stories in my head.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is simply sharing my stories and ideas with the world.
What are you working on next?
I am working on my debut novel currently, but I have other stories waiting to be written once I've created my first tale.
Who are your favorite authors?
Among my favorite authors would be James Rollins, Angela White, Stephen King, Joshua C Chadd, and Andy McDermott.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To be honest, the grace of God gets me out of bed each day. As long as he deems me worthy of existing for another day, I see it as another day that I can do my best to glorify him and spread his message.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I am either reading, playing video games, or caring for my disabled wife.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Being an admin in a group on Facebook gives me the opportunity to meet other writers and share in each other's books and lives. I also host a reading discussion and book review team within the group, where authors can offer their books to us free of charge and we will read them, discuss the, and review them over a period of about a month, so a lot of my book discovery comes from the author's themselves.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, the first story I ever wrote was based loosely on a song by the band, Metal Church. I took the song Gods of Wrath and wrote a post apocalyptic tale about a group who worshipped a bomb that had fallen without exploding. They saw it as their metal god.
Published 2018-01-26.
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