Interview with Doug Backus

What motivated you to become an indie author?
The love of a good book and the challenge of perfecting a great Fantasy Story.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean everything. There is no point in writing without the dedicated readers who not only provide me with positive reviews, but also critiques, if they have any. The more feedback I get from fans the more inspired I become. It really helps my writing process. I love hearing from fans of the series and encourage fans to contact me whenever they have a question.
What are you working on next?
Currently I'm working on Deke Brolin Beltic, the second of the Brolin series. It is almost ready to go to the editing phase and I hope to release it in the fall. The second novel focuses more on who Deke Brolin is and what powers he unwittingly holds. It will introduce some original magical systems that are sure to engage the fans of the series. Several new creatures will be introduced and a few of the favorite characters of Rhol will make an appearance in Beltic.
Who are your favorite authors?
That's an easy question. My three favorite authors without question are in no particular order - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to spend time with my family and my dog "Lewis". I also have a little cabin up in the North woods that I love to spend time at. It's in the middle of a deep forest that runs alongside a river. When I'm not writing I often come here to get inspired.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first poem I wrote was when I was ten years old. It was titled "The Black Pool". An altered version of it appears in Deke Brolin Rhol.

The first story I wrote was called "Forest Hill Chronicles". It was never released to the public.
How do you approach cover design?
When I have a cover designed I want something that represents the storyline and not just a character or catchy title.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Lord of the Ring series was my all time favorite. I loved how Tolkien wrote, and particularly his way of describing a landscape or a character. I also loved the way Tolkien hid messages, that still hold true today, within his story. To me Tolkien was the father of Fantasy. The world he created,along with the creatures he invented are second to none.

The Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the most brilliant Detective stories ever conceived. I love them all. Enough said.
Describe your desk
Messy, but I know where to find everything.
When did you first start writing?
When I was ten years old I was given an assignment in school to write some sort of short book. I wrote a comic book named "Super Sting Ray". I spent weeks writing the story and drawing the pictures and characters. I got an A plus, but later found out that my science teacher at the time kinda stole my whole concept. No biggie I'm sure it wasn't as great as i remember lol, and it got me into writing. I went from writing poems to short stories and finally to Deke Brolin.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating new worlds and characters that fans can identify with or feel for.
Published 2015-01-08.
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Books by This Author

Deke Brolin Rhol
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 108,670. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Deke Brolin discovers the secrets of the Universe in this Epic Fantasy by Doug Backus. The quest begins after Deke lands on Rhol and finds himself in a war torn world fighting for salvation. With the help of his Paladin Deodatus, Deke must learn to harness the powers within himself if there is to be any hope in saving Rhol.