Interview with Douglas D. Simpson

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My basic nature is that of a teacher. I enjoy sharing knowledge that brings joy and benefit to those with whom I share. The more I learn the more I have a compulsion to share. There is a tremendous sense of satisfaction to see a spark of understanding in the eyes of another person because something I shared with them opened or at least pointed out a door into a deeper understanding of life.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Every day offers so many fantastic opportunities it would be a shame to miss them by refusing to embrace them. It is not a matter of getting out of bed each day. It is more of a challenge to shut down at the end of the day. Time is so precious. I have to remind myself that lack of sleep and rest degrades the quality of what I do and experience each day. This allows me to awake each morning anticipating an awesome fresh set of experiences.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the lifeblood of spreading knowledge. Sharing from person to person is the greatest means of meaningful interaction. My books are very personal. The topics require a person to examine his own view on life both in this world and the one to come. Fans are people who are excited about something they discovered that gives them joy. Who else is better to help me share with others.
When did you first start writing?
I served ten years as a church pastor. Writing sermons was a regular process during that time. That was my first writing although I did not publish any of it. I began writing seriously in December of 2014. This was the first time in my life I felt I had gained enough wisdom to begin recording it in a somewhat permanent way. I learn each and every day and I am still concerned that what I write today will be outdated in my own mind tomorrow. I convinced myself if I don't accept where I am today as a basis to begin I will never will.
What are you working on next?
I am always working on the next book if not the next several books. Each one requires study, research, and prayer to determine its topic and its message. Whichever one boils to the top and attracts my attention the most is the one that receives primary attention to get to the publisher as soon as possible.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I am not writing I am reading, researching, and refining my understanding of the upcoming topics of my books. Aside from that I enjoy cruising in the Caribbean. Sitting on the balcony of a ship with my wife is one of the most enjoyable times of this part of my life. Clearing the mind of all distractions and enjoying the peace of the awesome creations of God around us is very invigorating and motivational.
What is your writing process?
As a non-fiction writer all of my books have a specific topic. This defines the process of writing. I have a major point that I want to help people understand and I know from my own experience the struggles I and others have had with this topic. My process is to attempt to break it down into usable bites and relate each of those to understandable terms and stories in life. I hope through the process there is a systematic building of understanding about the topic.
How do you approach cover design?
I am a visual artist as well as a writer. Most of my cover designs are from my personal artwork. I either use works I have created in the past that I think visually convey the idea of the book or if I don't find one I paint a new one using my topic and its understanding as the inspiration for the piece.
What do you read for pleasure?
Research itself is a pleasure for me to read. I enjoy reading in new areas of study for me. This is the most fun reading I can do. I have tried reading fiction but I find my mind telling me it is a waste of my time. At seventy plus years of age I have limited time left in this life and I do not like to see any of it go to waste. It is too precious to me. Learning new truth to a deeper depth is the most fun I can have.
Describe your desk
My desk is reasonably neat and is occupied by a laptop with an additional 21" monitor. Nearby are pen and paper, my phone, and coffee or water. It is located so I can see out the back of my house onto the patio and deck area. There I have several bird and squirrel feeders. I love looking up from my laptop and spending a few minutes watching the birds and squirrels during their feeding times each day. Occasionally the neigborhood cat wanders by and looks in the back door. They always remind me of how marvelously well God takes care of us when we are in harmony with Him. When we are in kinship or affinity with God His care is poured out on us and life takes on a joyful simplicity.
Do you have a website?
Yes, find more information at http://www.flowyourlife.com
Published 2015-12-28.
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