Give a short bio about yourself.
Doug: I was born in Glens Falls New York. My mother remarried
when I was about nine years old and we moved to Kentucky. After
high school, I spent a year in college taking law enforcement. That
didn't pan out so I got married and went to work. I have worked
many various jobs, but the most interesting things I've done were
radio host, drawing a comic strip for several newspapers, writing
and performing a parody song on national radio, acting in a few
commercials, working as an extra in a movie, having this book published,
and now writing short stories for Amazon.com.
Carol: Tell us about your motivation to write.
Doug: My motivation stems from the many places I have
lived and the various experiences that I or someone I knew had.
These events inspired me to write my poetry, but it was my wife
who inspired me to submit it for publishing.
Carol: Explain your journey to publication. What was your
reaction and how has it changed your life?
Doug: My wife was cleaning the house one day. When she
got to cleaning up around my desk, she remarked that I should do
something with my poetry because it was just lying in a pile. I
told her that she could just put it in a folder and slide it in
a drawer or something in order to get it out of her way. She said,
No, I mean it's pretty good and you should do something with it,
try to get it published or something. I told her that my poetry
was okay, but I didn't think anyone would want to read it. Finally,
she talked me into it. I submitted my poetry and voila, my book
was published. Needless to say that I was excited. Poetry is a hard
sell these days especially if you are relatively unknown, so It
hasn't changed my life any...yet.
Describe your current book.
Doug: My book of poetry is an eclectic mix of styles and
topics. It will make you angry, cry, think, and laugh. I wanted
to write something that was clever enough for a die hard poetry
fan, yet simple enough to read for everyone. I think that I accomplished
this pretty well.
Carol: List your other books, and describe them.
Doug: This is my first book. But, dependent upon its sales,
I have two more manuscripts already finished and waiting.
Carol: Who is your one favorite author?
Doug: I know it will seem cliché'....but Stephen
King is my favorite. I love horror stories, and his stuff is so...out
Carol: What is your advice to aspiring writers?
Doug: Never give up! And if you are serious about writing,
be careful because you will be your worst critic. I know a lot of
people who practically destroyed what they wrote by over examining
it. If you write something that you think might be good, let someone
read it. Get a fresh perspective. Take any criticism into consideration.
Go back and fine tune your work, then let someone read it again.
This will help you to deliver the quality of writing that is expected.
Carol: What is your genre of writing?
Doug: I like to write poetry and fictional short stories
along the lines of the Twilight Zone.
Carol: Where do you want to take your writing in the future?
Doug: I hope to continue to write poetry, but I would
also like to write a lot of successful short stories and eventually
compile those into books as well.
Carol: What are your favorite writing websites if any?
Doug: I really haven't had the time to visit a lot of
websites due to my day job. But I do use the 'Author's Den' and
a few others.
Carol: Do you like writing short stories, novels, poems
or novella? Which is your favorite and why?
Doug: I like writing poetry as a way of expressing some
of my opinions and observations. I like writing short stories due
to the freedom of imagination that it gives me.
Carol: Are you in any book clubs?
Carol: What is your opinion of your current publisher and
would you recommend them to others?
Doug: I give them credit for giving me the opportunity
to get my book out there. Most big publishing houses won't even
look at you anymore unless you are some political expert, a celebrity
who writes a tell all book, or unless you are already an established
writer. But they gave me the chance to be heard so to speak, and
didn't charge me money to do it. Although they could do a little
more on the promotional end.
Carol: Would you self-publish and why or why not?
Doug: I probably would-if there were no other alternatives.
I wish that the major publishers were a little less stuff shirted,
but I won't let them deny me from writing for the enjoyment of others.
Carol: What family member, if any, supports your writing?
Doug: Fortunately, all of my family members support my
writing. But my wife and my mother are my biggest supporters.
Carol: Have you done any book signings? If so, what was
Doug: I have done a couple of book signings. They had
small turnouts, but any is better than none.
Carol: What are your marketing tools for your books?
Doug: I use information packets, bookmarks, and any free
advertisements that I can find.
Carol: Give us your website and email address where we
can purchase and check out your work.
Doug: My websites are at: http://www.freewebs.com/doughollywoodDoug
I can be reached
Carol: Did you attend writing classes, and if so, what
is your opinion on writing seminars, degrees, and workshops?
Doug: I didn't attend writing classes. As a matter of
fact, back in high school I didn't even like English class. I hated
doing book reports and essays. Yet, I always enjoyed writing things
that I wanted to write.
Carol: What are your other hobbies?
Doug: I enjoy many hobbies like: cartooning, song writing,
singing, and the paranormal.
Carol: What is your favorite voice to write in and why?
Doug: I'm not sure what you mean, but I love to write
short-fiction stories because they are only limited by my own imagination.
My poetry (on the other hand) speaks of emotions, faith, and the
topics that most people are afraid to talk about in this politically
Carol: Do you want to write full-time or are this just
a hobby for you?
Doug: I would love to write full-time. If that is what the future
holds for me, then I promise to do my best to entertain and inspire
my readers for years to come.
Carol: In reviews of your books/short stories, etc., is
the feedback positive or negative?
Doug: I'll tell you this...Everyone who has read my poetry
and/or short stories has had great things to say. As a matter of
fact, I still feel a sense of pride yet somewhat embarrassed when
people tell me how good they thought my writing was. Even if I never
make a lot of money from writing, It's people like my readers that
make it all worthwhile.
Carol: Do you have an editor?
Doug: My publisher supplied the editor.
Carol: Do you have an agent?
Doug: I don't have an agent at present, but I would like
to. It seems that finding one, who is reputable and will represent
a new-comer, is almost as hard as getting published in the first
place. Do you know of any?
Carol: Of all your books/short stories, what is your favorite
Doug: I have a poem titled 'Footprints In The Snow' that
I really like because it came from a feeling of desperation that
I have felt around the holidays. I find that writing these emotions
down is very therapeutic.
Carol: Where can your books/short stories be purchase?
Doug: My book is available everywhere books are sold,
either in-store or as special order. The short stories are available
at Amazon dot com. Simply search Doug Hollywood Davis.
Carol: What is the message you want to send out with your
Doug: I would like to send the message that: It is okay
to think, to be independent, and to not follow the path that is
expected by the rest of the world. Be yourself, and believe that
there is hope for us. As a people, we must let go of labels and
prejudices. We must learn to live in harmony with the world around
us. Only then, can we truly be free.
Carol: Is non-fiction and historical something you want
to write in the future?
Doug: There are plenty of competent people whose expertise
can more than fill that role.
Carol: Is science-fiction, romance, or mystery a genre
you’d like to pursue?
Doug: I wouldn't mind writing science-fiction and mystery
novels. As a matter of fact, I have a mystery that I am toying with
Carol: What kinds of books do you like to read?
Doug: I enjoy reading books by Stephen King, and I also
enjoy reading about true hauntings.
Carol: What is your full-time job?
Doug: Right now I supervise security for a surface mine.
Long hours with not much to do afford me time to write.
Carol: If God gave you three wishes what would they be
Doug: If God gave me three wishes, I would wish for the
elimination of world politics because it is the politicians who
cause wars and strife in economies. The people of the world can
get along just fine together. We (people of the world) are not the
ones who are trying to take over other countries or force our religions
and/or politics on others. (We) simply want to live in peace and
harmony with our friends and neighbors. I believe that if we gave
a big BBQ dinner and told the people of the world to bring a dish,
they would be there with bells on. The second wish...For everyone
to be equal. If we all were equal, then there would be no poor,
no hungry, no rich and powerful. There would be no people walking
around thinking that they are better than everyone else. The third
wish...the elimination on evil. Do away with the drugs, rapes, murders,
kidnappings, gangs, and any other incarnation of evil in the world
so that we could once and for all live in peace.
Carol: Tell us about your upcoming books and events.
Doug: I have a two manuscripts waiting right now. One
is a book of stories-poems-and tongue twisters for kids titled:
'Franks And Beans'(working title). The other is my second collection
of poetry titled: 'Still Waters'(working title as well). I do not
have any events lined up in the near future, but I am hoping that
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