Eddie C Dollgener, Jr

Biography

I currently live in East Texas. In July, 2014, I suffered a stroke that threatened to circumvent my desires for a meaningful life. Thanks to a wonderful rehab team out of Tyler, I was able to recover most of my functions for daily living, though I still get exhausted on some days. I am a Christian, a father to one daughter and a mentor to countless youth over the past 20 plus years in ministry. I have taught a Sunday school class and a weekly program to children about missionaries through a program called Royal Ambassadors. I am currently a youth director at my church, as well as a community healthcare advocate and a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused children) volunteer.
Although my ultimate goal in life is to write full-time and be able to go on medical mission trips or disaster relief teams, the reality is that most writers have to work extra jobs to support their dreams. I advocate for keeping families together through life coaching and volunteer work. Only recently have I been able to take up the habit of writing again, so expect to see some more works in the near future.
My interest in becoming a writer actually started around my twelfth birthday. My mother gave me a book, “Little Men,” by Louisa May Alcott, that became my first inclination that I would want to live adventures through written words. I began writing short stories and poems in high school and then started writing novels in the late 1980’s. My first efforts at creative writing were poems created between classes in high school. I actually had a decent collection of about fifty, but sadly, they were lost over time from various moves in my younger years. My first publication was a poem entitled “Throw Away Child,” that was published in a national anthology.
About 1987 I first began to write full-length novels. At the time, I was a big Stephen King fan and thought that writing horror novels was the way to get into mainstream publishing. I started a novel that eventually split into two novels. “Circle of the Rose” began life as “A Rose for Tommy,” and now is titled “Unholy Cult of the Blood Rose.” The original story was about a boy who suffered from horrific abuse and travelled to a dream world in his sleep to escape his tormentors. After writing it out, which is what I try to do with anything I create, the plots just sounded too cheesy to work for me. I extracted the “real” life work from the “imaginary” one and found that I actually had two viable novels from one.
“Unholy Cult of the Blood Rose” is a horror novel that I wrote to address the issue of child abuse. In a way, it was a therapeutic work of art helping me to deal with the demons in my past childhood. I do not wish to delve any further at the moment, but if you take the time to read the introduction to that novel, you may have a better understanding of what message I was trying, and may still be trying, to convey.
The second novel that split from the original became “Unbinder.” That work of literature is still in progress. It will actually become three separate books as a series and is a fantasy set in another world with young lovers, old dragons, battling sorcerers and an evil overlord. My latest foray into modern literature is a drama written out as serialized fiction. “Kevin’s Homecoming” represents the latest genre that I am working in and has become the most rewarding for me, both in its creation, and in the publishing aspect.

May God bless you richly in the coming days,
Eddie C Dollgener Jr

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy writing because it allows me to speak out about subjects that are important to me in a way that I can hope to influence others. Much of my early writing stemmed from injustices that I suffered as a child. My later writing is strongly influenced by a desire to change the world into a better society.
What do your fans mean to you?
I would have to say that if my words bring them joy or help them through troubled times in their lives, then I have accomplished what I set out to do in the first place: Change lives for the better.
Read more of this interview.

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Books

Pull the Trigger
Price: Free! Words: 15,090. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Hispanic & Latino
Joel, rescued from harsh life on the streets by Father Miguel. This short focuses on a day Joel's brother whisks him away to initiate him into the gang. After enduring a beating, Joel must do one more thing to be in the gang. Kill his best friend Henry, the younger brother of a rival gang leader. Is there humanity within him to refuse, or will loyalty to his brother cause him to pull the trigger?
Jack and the Hawk
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 48,530. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Children’s books » Boys & Men
Jack, small for his age, is victimized by bullies skilled at hiding their abuse of smaller children at the inner-city school. When mom sees the bruises, she sends him to live with his uncle in rural Texas. There Jack grows physically and mentally stronger, learning to defend himself. When his beloved cat falls victim to a farm menace, Jack must marshal his newfound courage to defend the rest.
A Better Life
Price: Free! Words: 26,960. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Urban
Jason has had enough of the severe physical and emotional abuse from his mother, as well as the darker perverted advances of his step-father. He decides to leave home for a better life in California. His best friend is not about to let him travel alone, and together they take off on an adventure across the American Southwest that will end in tragedy for both boys in Hollywood.
Cat and Mouse
Price: Free! Words: 16,870. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Dark comedy short. 3 malcontents extort their way through life to make others miserable & come across a mysterious shopkeeper. He fails to produce money to pay for protection, but gives in with something even more enjoyable. The drugs he gives them produce a most exquisite high, with morbid side effects.
Unholy Cult of the Blood Rose
Price: $7.50 USD. Words: 211,400. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
In the forests of E. Texas, a cult performs sadistic acts on children. A teenage girl escapes with a boy with with strange powers. Tommy doesn't speak, unable to tell of the atrocities he suffers from or cry out every time men come visit him in the night. Sarah discovers her nephew lives, and risks bringing him home. The Cult will stop at nothing to retake him and kill anyone in their way.

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