Douglas Thompson has been teaching yoga for over twenty years. As part of his training, he needed to gain knowledge in Eastern philosophy. He found the philosophies of the East so interesting that he continued studying them, and reads about them to this day.
This knowledge led him to write his first novel Fully Human: The Story of a Man Called Yeshua, in which he shares, through the character Yeshua, (a.k.a. Jesus,) some of the principles of Eastern philosophy.
Douglas owns a yoga studio where he teaches seven days a week. When he is not writing or teaching yoga or Pilates, Douglas enjoys playing left-handed classical guitar. He has been playing guitar on and off for over half a century.
He and his wife of forty-eight years live in Hyattsville along with their two rescue beagles.
What are you working on next?
My next book will be something completely different from Fully Human: The Story of a Man Called Yeshua. It will be a different genre. I have several ideas, most that involve the subject of old age, and thoughts about afterlife. I am still in the process of creating a story arc. I usually take an idea, and write a chapter. Then, if it resonates, I will become passionate about it and choose that idea to continue writing. I am currently in that process.
Who are your favorite authors?
My very favorite author is James Michener. As I was writing this book, I kept thinking about what I always loved about him. I especially loved that he could teach history in such an entertaining manner. I tried as best as I could to emulate this. Other authors I enjoy are Ernest Hemingway, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King,
Fully Human: The Story of a Man Called Yeshua presents an alternative history of Jesus, one that renders him in flesh and blood, someone both more worldly and mystical than the figure recounted in Biblical stories. This imagining of Yeshua’s lost years takes place in India, and shows a child becoming a man with the full range of human emotions but also profound insights and powers.