Douglas L. Smith was taught at a very early age from his mother that reading was important. He would read anything and everything he could get his hands on. Then he fell in love with sports. In the eighth grand an english teacher once told him, "You are going to make and english teacher love you in college." Having no idea what that meant, his life moved on. He moved through high school playing football and wrestling. After high school he attended community college, where thanks to two english teachers his life changed. Football over after a stint playing very semi-pro football. He began working in education and coaching. Still an avid reader and now movie watcher, something struck him like a lighting bolt. He would read a book or get to the end of a movie and think to himself, "I could have done that better." So he began to write and then overly criticize his own work which he would eventually throw away. One day he let someone read a sample of what he wrote and they liked it. The rest is how you say...History.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!
What is your writing process?
I am a SOTP (seat of the pants) writer. Sometimes I will sit down and just write 500 words and then there are times when I will sit down and write 3,000 words. The funny thing is no matter how many words get written it never feels like a lot and it never feels like a long time has elapsed.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me I have found writing to be fun and enjoyable because I love to read and I love storytelling. A good story, a bad story, or anything in between. I love the way characters come alive on the pages as you read and write.
Bankroll Squad (Revised)
on June 07, 2014
Wow, a good read for sure! I loved the way each character was introduced. I liked all the characters, except Jennifer (and not because she was white...that part was a great idea) and Pam! Read the story you'll see for yourself why! The balance of violence and story was perfect. Good ending twist.
Flipping Numbers PT 1
on Feb. 05, 2015
Good first book.
Warning: has slight spoilers:
I wish the characters Ed and EJ where a little more fleshed out. Every woman in the story has a big butt, now I've never been to Philly so I can't say how accurate this is...but a trip to Philly is now on my list of things to do...just to investigate that for myself.
I wish there would have been more descriptive dialogue (show dont tell). In example: "Sonja was wearing a Steffe Dress." Was it black...white...low cut...sleeveless...form fitting.
Without giving away to much detail...how did Maria know Ed was so smart(Chan and Ed barely talked to each othr in school according to Ed...was it just on the word of Chan, this was never established.
The girl that he picked up when he became a "baller"...he paid for her food (because she was so fine she shouldn't have to pay) and then accepted his change from the cashier? Then when he pulled out a 100 dollar bill and she said you're going to end up paying more than that for me...well...did he?
Maybe some of these questions are answered in part 2? I found the book an interesting read and recommended it to a friend who also read it and pointed out that the characters had similarities to my own characters in:
I'm looking to see how this will play out in the remaining pieces.
Money Over Errythang
on March 12, 2015
Interesting story, interesting plot. I would have like to have read a more descriptive detail of the main characters. I don’t pretend to be a professional editor or proofreader but there were a couple of times where I’m not sure that the wording was correct and one time where I section didn’t make any sense (to me) in the context of the story. Lovely little twist towards the end of the book with back story on how Imani truly came into power. I chose option two because I think that’s where the true spoiled character of Imani would have gone and then once I read it I found out there was a part two. I went back and read option 1 and couldn’t see Imani taking that path after reading the previous chapters of her story.
I was left questioning a few things (I don’t want to spoil for anyone who hasn’t read the book yet but:
With Imani, why would she leave Jordan in that state and not do what she had done to everyone else.
Santiago a pro at what he does…if you read option 2…he wouldn’t leave room for sequel.
Maybe these are explained in book 2.
Overall a pretty good book with some interesting plot twist.