Interview with Douglas Daech

When did you first start writing?
I started writing in junior high school while I was working on a report for a science fair compitition. It was an involved piece called "Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind". The process of building the report, finding and citing references and collecting photos to present with the report fueled my interest in writing. I believe this is when I first discovered that I had skills in communication.
What is your writing process?
My writing process varies depending on my mood. Most projects are fairly well developed in my mind before I build an outline covering the scenes and topics I want to include. The outlines always get changed before the project is complete, but that is the starting point most of the time. When I'm in the mood to wing it, I just take the character or scene and go for it. This will sometimes get a project rolling, but it is always edited heavily and usualy ends up outlined anyway.
How do you approach cover design?
I have years of experience in commercial graphics so I enjoy designing my own covers. I try to make sure they in some way relate to the story and have an attractive and interesting aspect to them. So many times, a book is judged by its cover. The design must bring the reader to the book and tease them a little.
What do you read for pleasure?
I seem to write more when I am reading, so I try to have a book nearby almost all the time. I like many authors and read a little of everything. I have read the Clive Cussler, Pitt series and am starting his Bell character books. I find his formula writing predictable and fun to read. I believe I envy Mr. Cussler in many ways. Through his characters he has told us his dreams. And now that he has become well established, he is living his dreams in reality because of the success of his characters.
Describe your desk
My desk is always cluttered. Everything from dead batteries to last months bills collect on my desk. There are times I have to completely stop and clear the desk before I write.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Haunted Romance is written from a young ladies point of view. This teenager is haunted by the ghost of a boy who was murdered thirty years ago. They work together to solve his murder and in the process she falls in love with him. It has a little of everything, romance, mystery, drama, and humor. It was my November challenge project from 2012. It was released in Oct of 2013.
Published 2014-02-28.
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Books by This Author

Seedy Hills, An Odd Little Town
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,830. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
The book features six short stories that meld into a complete novella about Seedy Hills, an odd little town. Vampires, ghosts, UFOs, murders and more bring this strange place to life. All of the stories are tied together by the main character, Eric Green, a reporter for the local newspaper, who slowly learns that being from an odd, little, run down town may not be all that bad.
Haunted Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,200. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
(5.00)
Thirty years ago two high school seniors competed for a trophy, a scholarship and a girl. One of them ended up dead and the other won all three treasures. Now follow the story of Tori Clark, a girl haunted by the spirit of the murdered boy. Tori is asked to expose the murderer and bring justice to the thirty year old cold case. But something unexpected happens along the way.
Time Travel and Dimensional Journeys
Price: Free! Words: 29,170. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.67)
This book includes five short stories of travel into the unknown. Based in science theory on the edge of science fact, step into the realm of science future. Adventure into the danger and mystery of dimensional travel with realistic characters and believable situations that lead to mysterious and perhaps startling conclusions.