Interview with Andrew Doughty

Who are your favorite authors?
I'm not really one who follows an individual author. I read mostly non-fiction work and I appreciate many writers who communicate well. However, Rob Bell, though I disagree with some of his theology, is possibly my favorite author from a style perspective. Francis Chan is the author I would most like to spend time with, and Randy Alcorn has written the books that have most influenced my way of thinking.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Bible, because it is my guidebook for life.
2. "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren because it takes one of the most complicated books of all time, the Bible, and makes sense of it that millions have been able to understand.
3. "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alex Dumas. Not just an amazing story, but a tale of righteousness indignation veiled as revenge...brilliant!
4. "Changed Into His Image" by Jim Berg. The insights in this book continue to amaze me. The most highlighted book I have other than my Bible.
5. "Experiencing God" by Henry Blackaby and Claude King. The power of one man's story as applied to one of the most obscure concepts known to man - how does one do the will of God? Life-changing.
What are you working on next?
Now that I finally have the first book out there, I am eager to get started on some new material. I am working on the companion book to Hell Is Not the Issue, titled, Heaven is Not the Issue, a book that I thought I had finished several months ago, but have since realized can still be so much better.

I am also underway with a project that gives a timeline of end-time prophesy, especially as outlined in the book of Revelation. The book doesn't have a name yet, but it looks specifically at scores of events that take place just prior to and following the return of Jesus Christ to earth and it seeks to explain each event and put it into a meaningful sequence. Two major end-time charts will accompany this book.

Another work that I'm eager to get into print is called "The Five Levels of Faith." This is a course I created for adult Bible classes and that I used to teach at church. The course was very well received and those who participated in the course encouraged me to put this into book form.

Finally, a fourth project that I am still doing research on is an unnamed project that considers the tension between individuals who seek quality products and services and corporations who seek to maximize profits. The book seeks to find solutions to this struggle between the two and ways to help both parties get what they want.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do a lot of volunteer work. I think that it's important for me to get out and interact with people. One of the things that I have chosen to do lately is to paint, as in houses and rooms. It seems there is no end to the need for free, professional-quality painting. I also serve as a Rotarian, which I enjoy a great deal. I relax by playing Settlers of Catan online and with my family.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Atlantic Canada. The slower pace of life and the lower standard of living were important factors in appreciating the more important things in life... the people. I grew up in a community where it was rare to find a locked door and where neighbor parents had the authority to "correct" those who got out of line when their own parents weren't around. The people of Nova Scotia taught me the value of charity, simplicity, humility and service. I feel very blessed to have had the upbringing that I received. I experienced a lot of love and I like to think that this helps me want to give back to others through my writing as well as my volunteer work.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing a book about Hell that strays outside of the orthodox view makes for a challenge to get published. Doing so as an unpublished author makes it that much more difficult. After trying unsuccessfully to get published traditionally, I was advised to consider self-publishing. Since then, the e-publishing model has exploded and many authors are considering self-publishing as their first option. I love the freedom and flexibility that indie publishing affords me. It's a great time to be a writer.
What do you read for pleasure?
I find that I get great pleasure from reading non-fiction work that teaches something new . I also enjoy a great story with an important lesson, but I find that I rarely make such books a priority.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My parents saved it! It was called. "The Money Tree" about a magical tree in the woods that sprouted bills instead of leaves. I believe I won some kind of award for it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story that I remember vividly as having a lasting impact on my life is "The Happy Prince" by Oscar Wilde. It was a story of sacrifice and love and the impact that one individual can make when he's willing to give up everything to bless others. That story still motivates me today.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Without a doubt, the greatest joy in writing is getting feedback from those who read my work. When someone has that "aha" moment and I see the expression on their face that makes it obvious that I have blessed their life by my writing, I am inspired to continue to write.
What do your fans mean to you?
I would prefer to think that people are fans of my work, and not of me personally. I am pleased to know that others appreciate what I do, but I like to think of myself as simply someone who does what they were made to do. If you consider yourself a fan, I'm honored, but that's not terribly important to me.
Published 2013-12-15.
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Books by This Author

Hell Is Not the Issue
Price: Free! Words: 64,920. Language: American English. Published: December 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Theology / Eschatology, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Good & evil
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Have you ever asked yourself, "How can a loving, merciful God send millions of people to Hell forever without hope?" Not only does this book address the hope that exists for all who are not found written in the Book of Life, but it makes the entire issue of Hell and Satan make sense. God is interested in creating a win-win for everyone, and not even Hell is exempt from God's glorious plan.