Eric Douglas

Biography

Life is an adventure for Eric Douglas, above and below the water and wherever in the world he ends up. Eric received a degree in Journalism from Marshall University. After working in local newspapers, honing his skills as a story teller, and following a stint as a freelance journalist in the former Soviet Union, he became a dive instructor. The ocean and diving have factored into all of his fiction works since then.
As a documentarian, Eric has worked in Russia, Honduras and most recently in his home state of West Virginia, featuring the oral histories of West Virginia war veterans in the documentary West Virginia Voices of War and the companion book Common Valor.
Visit his website at: www.booksbyeric.com.
Eric talks about adventure and taking time to be creative, along with diving and writing, on his blog at www.booksbyeric.com. He would love it if you dropped by to say hello.
You can also follow him on Twitter, get in touch on Facebook or through Google+. Lastly, you can always send him an email: eric@booksbyeric.com

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I usually have an environmental theme in my stories, so there is nothing more rewarding to me than to have a reader tell me they enjoyed the story first, but also learned a few things at the same time. I’m not saying my books are “educational” but they do have story lines that revolve around the ocean and marine life that readers may not be familiar with. The second greatest joy is hearing from someone who knows what I was talking about who tells me I got it right.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I write full time, so it is my job and I think of it that way. I get up every morning and go to work. The great thing about being a full time writer is that I take my inspiration from a lot of different places so when I am feeling stagnant, I can go do “something” or explore or take a trip and that is all part of the job. I love adventure and seeing the world, especially from a unique angle.
Read more of this interview.

Series

Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories
Set on a bypassed key in the Florida Keys, life moves a little slower and a little weirder on Withrow Key. Each Withrow Key thriller features scuba diving, adventure, boats, the ocean and mystery along with beautiful locations and scenery.
Going Down With the Ship
Price: $0.99 USD.
Bait and Switch
Price: $0.99 USD.
Put it Back
Price: $0.99 USD.
Frog Head Key
Price: $0.99 USD.
Queen Conch
Price: $0.99 USD.
Sea Monster
Price: $0.99 USD.
Mike Scott thriller series
Mike Scott is an international photojournalist who travels the world, finding adventure above and below the sea. Each Mike Scott thriller features beautiful locations, the ocean and scuba diving.
Queen Conch
Price: $0.99 USD.

Books

Tales from Withrow Key: Thriller Short Stories from the Florida Keys
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,720. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Tales from Withrow Key is an anthology of Withrow Key thriller short stories. Each tale centers around the adventures of Jackson Pauley, a New York City firefighter who retired after 9/11 and his partner Randy Littlebear, a tribal cop from the reservation to the north. And don’t forget the rest of the characters that make up the Conch Republic.
Lyin' Fish
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,810. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The crew from the nationally-syndicated talk radio show ScubaRadio comes to sleepy Withrow Key for a lionfish rodeo, but immediately Jackson Pauley feels something isn’t right. “Greg the Divemaster” Holt can barely dive. The radio show is a disaster. When Duffy, the local bar owner, goes missing Jackson, Littlebear and Zach jump into action to unravel the mystery and save their friend.
Life Under the Sea
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,790. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
An adventurer comes to Withrow Key, planning to live on the bottom of the ocean for six months. When a late-season hurricane pops up in the gulf and Withrow Key is expecting a direct hit. Jackson and his nephew Zach have to decide whether to let the aquanauts ride the storm out under the water or to rescue them and let them try it again later. As usual, nothing is ever simple on Withrow Key.
Caesar's Gold
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,680. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Jackson Pauley and his nephew Zach happen upon a buried vault with ties to Black Caesar. Seeing the vault and discovering a journal left behind by the person who built it, they are intrigued by the prospects of gold treasure. When men threaten Zach, and an archaeologist called in to investigate the vault goes missing, they decide to solve the mystery before anyone else gets hurt.
Sea Monster
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,760. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Walking Bob, a local hermit, is hearing noises at night and is scared enough to break his routine. He leaves his island and comes to Withrow Key to let Jackson Pauley know about a “sea monster” out on the ocean. Realizing there is something scaring the old man, whether it is a sea monster or something more mundane, Jackson decides to investigate.
Queen Conch
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories ยท Mike Scott thriller series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,300. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Queen Conch is a protected species in the United States, but smugglers are catching them close to Withrow Key for restaurants in Miami. In the process, they are tearing up the coral reefs and creating an environmental disaster. It is up to Jackson Pauley and Randy Littlebear to determine if this is simply an illegal fishing operation or if someone is making a land grab.
Frog Head Key
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,570. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Bootleggers destroy a boat near Withrow Key, killing the passengers. When two young men from Jackson Pauley’s dive shop visit Frog Head Key to investigate, one of them is killed and the other is put in the hospital. The bootleggers might just be up to something more sinister than illegal whiskey. When Jackson Pauley learns what happened, he is determined to keep them from hurting anyone else.
Put it Back
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,570. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
When divers find a mysterious box underwater near Withrow Key, they bring it to the surface. Odd things start happening around the island. Before the supernatural forces at work are released spelling doom for the local residents and the treasure hunters alike, Jackson Pauley and Randy Littlebear have to put the box it back to where it came from.
Bait and Switch
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,910. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Drug smugglers are flying their cargo into the Florida Keys when their plane crashes just offshore from Withrow Key. Diving on the crash site for the local sheriff, Jackson realizes everything isn’t quite what it seems. It is up to Jackson and his friends to make sure the drug cartel doesn’t see his home as a route for drugs ever again by performing a bait and switch.
Going Down With the Ship
Series: Withrow Key Thriller Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,460. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The USS Beauregard is slated to become the Florida Keys’ latest diving shipwreck to attract tourists to Withrow Key. But something else is going on with the wreck and environmentalist Andrea Perez is trying to find someone who will listen to her. She knows something isn’t quite right with the ship but can’t figure out exactly what, until she is kidnapped.

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