Three novels later…

Your third novel… how does it feel?

Pretty amazing, actually.  Production-wise it’s been a novel a year; The Apocalypse Trigger was delayed. But, um, the other day I was looking at my amazon.com author page and it’s beginning to look good. I’m reminded of something I said a few years ago: once the books start stacking up it looks impressive. And it does now. Feels great to see all those book covers beside each other. Like a family of their own.

Was the writing process easier?

No, I don’t think it will ever get easier. If it gets easier, it means your story lacks punch. I will say this, however: I’m more organized in how I approach the story and write it. I’ve also let my imagination fly and not be restricted to, “but this is not plausible.” Everything is plausible in the world I create, so that gives me some leeway.

What did you do differently with this book?

I had help with the proof-reading and edits. My fiancee, Shonna said she’d do that and her inputs were valuable. In fact she suggested I write a short-story to fill the gap up to the release of the full-length novel. When I heard that, I was like, will I be able to do this. But within the next few days, I had a brainwave and I found out the short story was actually not that difficult to put in.It’s just a filler, like a filler-riff in a song. It doesn’t need a convoluted plot.

I’m also doing a focused social media campaign and more importantly – am having a book launch on the 15th of November 2014. I’m looking forward to that.

I noticed you’ve self-published…

Yes. It was purely a financial decision. I didn’t want to spend much on a publishing contract without getting sufficient return on my investment. I’m not saying the contract was bad. I’m very happy I did Haunted and Secret with Leadstart. I think it’s time I try this platform. I may pitch the book to other publishers for more lucrative contracts. It’s a thought…

Tell me something about the inspiration for the book?

I read in the National Geographic of a group of people who bet on natural calamities and events that can change history: like volcano eruptions, papal elections. That was the seed for the ideas. Initially it was to be only about this group, but then I wasn’t going too far with that story so I said lets bring in some other elements and see if I can link all of them together. Over time I brought in environment terrorism, witchcraft and a doomsday weapon. It was a very enlightening process, I must say. I found out some interesting facts about all the elements in the book.

The Apocalypse Trigger releases on the 15th of November, right? Do you have a sense of the reaction of your readers to the social campaign?

I do. And I’m happy to say it’s very enthusiastic. When I released Secret of the Scribe, readers began comparing it with Haunted and if I read in-between the lines, I could sense what they were expecting from me. I’ve listened to some of their feedback and this book is a cross-over between Haunted and Secret. It’s got action, it’s got adventure, it’s got a fair amount of detail, it’s quick.

Well, Douglas, good luck with your book

Thank you, very much. See you soon!  Oh, here’s a picture of the first copies of The Apocalypse Trigger. Pothi.com was very obliging in printing and couriering the book over well in time for the launch.

 

the apocalypse trigger first copies