Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Author Interview: Stephen S. Douglas
About the Author:
The author Stephen Stuart Douglas was born 1966 in Washington DC and grew up in Waldorf Maryland. He and wife Angela now live in historic Georgetown Ohio where his favorite American, General Ulysses S Grant grew up to become the 18th President of the United States. Mr. Douglas's formal education is TSHS MD, then HAC IN, FLETC GA, PGCC MD. For many years, he reads one book a week, active in Christian ministry, in Scottish festivals, in history theory and publication. Occasionally doing public speaking events and consulting work.
His Great Pyramid book has been acknowledged by the Royal British Museum and varied Egyptologist.
""If you enjoy Egypt's pyramids like I do then you will love my new book revealing old and new details about The Great Pyramid Mystery! It includes an historical short story." Stephen S. Douglas
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
For me it is more letting the story flow. As it begins flowing together then I'll go back through it and organize a planned presentation.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Who me, whoo, whoo, whoo.
Do distant places feature in your books?
Yes, Ancient Egypt. In the short story, we sail down the River Nile with Pharaoh and march with the army onto the Giza plateau as the giant limestone blocks are being hualed up to the Great Pyramid site.
Do you listen to music while writing?
The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the world, in fact it is the first of them. Did you know its base covers more than thirteen and a half acres of ground and the entire base is level to less than one inch (2.1cm). Did you know only one significant word KHUFU was written inside the entire Great Pyramid structure and it was discovered hidden above a false ceiling. Did you know the Seven Year Famine connection to The Great Pyramid is stronger than any other pop-theory. I include the documented facts with historical and physical eveidence, in an easy to read format. Includes an action adventure story starring Pharaoh Khufu and Governor Joseph. Pharaoh is murdered, rebellion and intrigue, yet two friends are determind the Old Kingdom shall survive.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
I've learned a person could discover real alien manuscripts or the meaning of life and would still have a tough time getting noticed or volume selling. Independent Publishing and marketing is wounderful, freedom at its very best!!! Thanks to Annette for these great questions and opportunity to answer.
Is there anything you would do differently?
I would like to edit some of the wording, edit some of the short story, little things that would make a better public presentation. I would like to have paid for proffesional services but it was impossible for me. I researched and wrote a couple paragraphs each and every week for more than a year between my job and family time. Then copyrighted, published and promoted it with the very little extra money we make. But I am proud of it and know every independent Author understands.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Writing is work, its a job or at least a part time job. Inspiration is part of it and hard work is the other part. It is also rewarding.
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
I can not answer a favourite because I read so many books and enjoy so many different subjects depending on my current mood. (do you know what i mean?) It would be safe to say the the Holy Bible is my numero uno. Loved the Private Sharpe Series by BC, Loved the Odd Thomas Series by DK, The Sakket's Series by LL, and so many others. The recent historical fictions on Gangus Khan were very good and the Big Rich about the original Texas oilmen was fairly good, anything on my favourite American Ulysses S Grant comes to mind. In the past couple weeks I have read SC's Hunger Games, How Firm a Foundation, Three Seconds, CC's The Silent Sea, DK's Door to December and Grant the general.
Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book:
The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Discover it for yourself: the Who, What, Where, When, Why and How it was built. Everything you wanted to know about this Great Pyramid including the Biblical Joseph connection which unifies everyone of its mysteries. Discover its Dual Use Theory, Silo & Tomb Design, Tower & Ramp Center, Load Shafts, Hidden Chambers, Secret Passages, Solar Ships, its place in the Bible and more, in easy to read format. Final chapter is an historical short story.
List of previous books if any: Short Quotes & Jokes; 7 2 U should be released next year.
Any places readers can find you on the web:
Thank you, Stephen and good luck with your books :)