Doug Herring was born in Decatur, GA and grew up in South Florida and Anderson, SC respectively. He attended college at High Point University where he obtained a BA in Theatre Arts. While there, he made the acquaintance of Jack Cheese and McGillicuddy Reeks. He counts himself lucky to have survived...
Currently he lives in Texas with his two cats, Harley and Quinn. American Perception: It's a... is his first book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Wow. That's a tough one. I guess Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson is a logical choice. This book certainly owes a huge debt to that work. Also Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. I don't know that I could pick just one, maybe Light Fantastic or Hogfather? Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land is a book I find myself reading on an almost annual basis. That was definitely a book that changed me. Same could be said for On The Road by Kerouac. American Gods is a masterwork by Neil Gaiman. I'll read anything by him. Same for Kurt Vonnegut. Lamb by Christopher Moore is another must read. I could go on and on for days. Oh! Lord of the Rings! Tolkien rules! Okay, I'm done.
What is your writing process?
Well, basically, the way we did this book was McGillicuddy would start a chapter and then send it to me to finish and vice versa. The result being that the book is very episodic in nature. We would call each other and discuss where we wanted the characters to go. "Let's send them to Occupy. You do that. I'll send them to Westboro." and so forth. Then we'd send the completed chapters back to each other and critique them. If we felt a chapter needed something else, like an added scene or something needed to be further explored, we'd discuss it and make the necessary changes.
On The Road for the next generation. Jack and McGillicuddy travel the American landscape in search of the lost middle ground of the American Dream. This isn't a book about a character trying to find themselves. The characters know who they are, but it is unfortunate that America no longer does...oh...and there's a Pope.