TODAY'S AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT
Doug Simpson, author of THE SOUL OF JESUS
The surprises do not stop there. The Soul of Jesus saves the block-buster news until the very end.
Amazon links for The Soul of Jesus:
US link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HX003PW
UK link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00HX003PW
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Doug-Simpson/e/B006GDWTQI
Twitter link @1Doug Simpson
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/doug.simpson.902
Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Doug-Simpson/161378310622999
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5 Prince Publishing Author Page http://www.5princebooks.com/dougsimpson.html
WriteMinds Authors - Author page http://www.wmauthors.com/author-simpson-doug.html
I'd like to thank Doug for taking time out of what must be a busy schedule to answer a few questions about his work.
Describe yourself in one word: Curious
You have a new book out titled The Soul of Jesus. What compelled you to write this particular book? It was a story that the general public needed to read.
What did you want to be when you were a child? An NHL hockey player.
What was your favorite book when you were ten? I have no idea.
If you could go back in time to when you were seven years old, what wisdom or advice would you pass on to yourself? There is more going on out there than you can see with your eyes.
If you could have one wish, what would it be? The Soul of Jesus is read by millions of people.
What super power would you choose to have? The power to heal.
If you could change one thing about our world, what would it be and why? World peace! We were not created to kill each other.
What is the number one lie you tell yourself? There isn’t one.
When you have time for yourself, what do you like to read? Books about actual reincarnation experiences.
What is your all-time favorite movie? No idea.
Are there any specific authors that you admire? Brian L. Weiss, M.D.
If there was one author you could meet with and learn from, who would that be? Brian L. Weiss, M.D.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Rejections and criticism create opportunities for
improvement. Never give up on your dream.
Are there any tips you could give that you learned along your path of picking up the pen to having a published novel? Write and edit to the best of your abilities, and then tuck your work away for a few months. Then take it out and have a fresh look at it.
What was the turning point in your life when you decided to start writing? Time on my hands after retirement.
How long have you been writing? Trying to write - forty-five years.
What do you write? Specific genres, ages groups, etc. My novels could be classified primarily as Christian/Mystery/Paranormal for adults. The Soul of Jesus is non-fiction Christian/Historical.
Do you prefer Ebook, paperback, or hardcover? I prefer to hold an actual book in my hands.
What are you currently working on? Abandoned Soul, Book V of The Dacque Chronicles.
Where does your inspiration come from? Reincarnation experiences related to me by people I trust, and I also have guides on “the other side”.
Do you write about your personal life experiences in your stories? Partially, but a lot of the incidents in my stories have been related to me by others.
What makes your writing unique? Belief in reincarnation.
Is there any part in the writing process you don’t like? Sales promotion.
Do you have any writing rituals? Treats you have to have, a good luck charm or places you have to be, etc.? No. I am not superstitious.
Do you have a set writing schedule or do you write when the fancy hits you? When inspiration strikes.
When you aren’t writing, what would we find you doing? Sales promotion.
Is music part of your writing process? If so, what do you listen to? No.
Is your glass half full or half empty? More than half full.
After a difficult day what do you do to recuperate? Does it work? Sleep. It works.
If you could have a dinner party with five people (living or dead) who would be invited? Jesus, The Virgin Mary, The Apostle Peter, Edgar Cayce and President John F. Kennedy.
What is one of the most unusual things you have done in your life? Discovered proof of reincarnation.
Why would someone like your book(s)? My books give readers something to contemplate on.
What is the ideal recipe for a good book? Give the reader a reason to read ‘just one more chapter’.
Give a one sentence synopsis of your novel: The Soul of Jesus includes facts that most people have never come across before.
Who is your favorite character or person from your book(s) and why? Jesus. Is it not obvious why?
You’ve been contacted by the Association of Libraries from the Alien Planet of Zaolia. They want to know the five most important novels in all of Earth’s history. Which five novels do you give them? I would send them to the closest librarian as I have no idea.
How old were you when you wrote your first book? 65
How long did it take you to write it? It was the forerunner of the manuscript that has now become The Soul of Jesus. It took about three years because of all of the research that was necessary.
When did you publish your first book? 2011
What do you do to keep yourself going when you aren’t motivated? It does not make sense to me to write if one is not motivated, so I wait for motivation to resurface.
Which comes first the chicken or the egg… I mean the plot or the characters? I never think of it that way. I write a story that I want to write and the characters, and the story, develop along the way. I have not written a book yet that ended up where I thought it would at the beginning.
When you set your characters do you use character bios/ sketches or do your characters just land on the page? They develop themselves throughout the journey we take together. They know themselves better than I do.
Do you have any advice for the editing process? I have a wonderful editor at 5 Prince Publishing. We do not agree on everything but we are both good at compromising. I recommend all writers get at least a second opinion on their writing.
If you could do everything over (writing your book, or publishing, etc.) would you change anything? No. It took me a long time to get here, but I believe everything happens for a reason and my writing was apparently not good enough at an earlier age.
Is there anything you would do differently if you could go back in time? No. I am happy with the life I have lived.
What do you want to be remembered for? The author of The Soul of Jesus, a book still being read a hundred years from now.
What did life teach you yesterday? If you don’t get it right today, try tomorrow.
In your opinion, what is the one thing people can do to improve life? Be kind to others.
Where can people go to learn more about you and your work? My website at http://dousimp.msni.net.