Interview with Douglas Foster

What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are like that one friend your holding out on with a BIG secret and you just have to come up with a way to get them to make you tell them. It's hard, it's painful, but you have to tell your friend-your fan this secret. So you beg them to twist your arm, beg them to ask, even beg them to beg, and in the end, you tell them the story/secret and both of you are happy. The author is happy because he got to tell the story, and the fan/friend is happy because it was a good story/secret.
What are you working on next?
I'm actually working on the third novel in a series. My other two are already in print, but sadly will not hit my favorite place (Smashwords) until January of 2017. I'm thinking that my third novel will come straight to Smashwords.
The series is about a pair of Police Psychological Profilers trying to tap into the minds of victims to understand why the victim came to such an end, and with the experience of searching the mind, they can use that to create an algorithm to help them in current criminal profiling. It's some deep minded stuff that challenged friends, relationships, the boundaries of the mind, and somethings, the sexual envelope of desire.
Who are your favorite authors?
I go through these phases and enjoy authors that seem to be one hit wonders. A good example are the current novels coming out of the conflicts in the middle east, like Dean Parnell, and Marcus Luttrel. But my favorite is Mark Bowden. I love psychological thrillers but I am not finding a favorite author yet.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Oh those nasty bills. I pay them and pay them and they just keep coming back. And of course my wonderful son living on the edge at six years old. Daddy this, Daddy that...I love it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to show off. Mind you now, I'm showing off to pre-schoolers and kindergartners when I read to them and get to act out the scenes in the books. The Miss in my life is a Kindergarten teacher as well as my mother.
My son and I bicycle ride a lot. We hang out at the pool a lot during those warm summer days.
The Miss and I love to watch documentaries. We just can't get enough of them.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search by category mostly and then look at the interesting covers and read the quick descriptions.
Reviews are another great way.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I can say that I do. I was about 25 years old before I seriously considered writing something down other than poetry and philosophy. It sits on my hard drive today as a testament to the beginning of something that spawned me into a writer.
What is your writing process?
That is a huge question really.
I like to take an idea, lead it into a story, create my characters to fill the needs, and begin a timeline of events necessary to leading up the original idea or expression of the idea. Timing of events is everything. Once you have the timeline written down, one can create the drama, twists, subplots and turmoil necessary for a good story.
With Braving the Fear, I had to tell the story as it happened, and this was painful to what I was practiced with preaching.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As an adult reader, (teenage years), I read the Satanic Verses by Salmon Rushdie. My entire view of the size of the world and the amount of evil in it changed drastically.
How do you approach cover design?
Leave it to a pro.
Come up with idea and be able to communicate and demonstrate the ideas, and give it to someone else. We are artists of words, not pictures.
It might be trial and error a few times, but work together.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Bodyguard of Lies by Anthony Brown - This has to be the greatest true spy novel of war I have ever read. And I'm proud that I read this four-inch thick book from cover to cover.
Holy Bible - Because I love history.
Koran - Again, because I love history.
The Rowdy Rooster - by Janine Scott (my favorite children's book to act out with the kids)
All my books of course.
Published 2015-02-22.
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Books by This Author

Braving the Fear - The True Story of Rowdy US Marines in the Gulf War
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,510. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military, Nonfiction » History » Military
Capturing the real comradary of Marines and why they speak of their duty for a lifetime. This book brings to you the reality of the ghosts of a chemical war to which each prepared and feared a face-pealing death. Haunted by an unseen enemy cloud, you will feel how they managed their fears. But, they will help you realize, that even in war, deadly Marines still have a sense of humor with duty.