**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Author, DOUG SIMPSON
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
I am a retired high school teacher from Ontario, Canada. We now split our time between Ontario and Florida. Hobbies include kayaking and shuffleboard.
1. How did you get started writing?
That is not a simple, short answer, but here goes.
Over thirty years ago, my wife introduced me to one of America’s almost-lost miracle-men. His name was Edgar Cayce. He is regarded by many scholars in the field as America’s legendary mystic. Edgar gave over fifteen thousand psychic readings in a self-induced, trance-like state. His trance state was so deep that, in the early days of his amazing medical readings, a group of doubting Doctors performed their own sadistic experiments on him to prove he was duping his clients. One Doctor took his pocketknife and slid it fully under one of Edgar’s fingernails. He never reacted and there was no blood. Another sadist poked a hatpin right through Edgar’s cheek. He never reacted, but there may have been a drop of blood. But, as you can imagine, when Edgar came out of his trance state, all hell broke loose!
Throughout approximately forty years Edgar gave over ten thousand medical readings for people, some of whom Edgar never met and who were located a thousand or more miles away at the time of the reading. On occasion, in his deep trance state, Edgar prescribed treatments and remedies that had not yet been invented.
As amazing as the medical readings were, it was Edgar’s life or reincarnation readings that seized my attention. Some two thousand real live individuals, or their guardians, requested approximately twenty-five hundred life readings where they were given information on a few of their previous incarnations, specifically those ones which were significant to their understanding of the reasons for their souls selecting the particular bodies that they resided in, in their current incarnations. Reincarnated souls that appeared in Edgar’s readings went as far back as the days of Adam and Eve, and included the souls of Mary Magdalene, Thomas Jefferson and Martha Washington, to name just a few.
If you are curious, visit my website at http://dousimp.mnsi.net and you can access the articles I have written on these three historical characters, and many others.
After years of researching the Edgar Cayce readings, I ‘had’ to verify my beliefs so I enlisted the services of a licensed hypnotist and experienced four past-life regression sessions, uncovering a number of my past lifetimes.
Now one hundred percent convinced of reincarnation, I commenced to write my reincarnation articles in 2010, using the Edgar Cayce readings. I parlayed my knowledge and experience and, with some helpful guidance from the other side along the journey, wrote my first novel, Soul Awakening, Book I of the Dacque Chronicles. It is a work of fiction but was inspired by a series of actual events. Probably all of the major events reported in Soul Awakening have been experienced by me, by individuals I know, confided to me or individuals I know, or were revealed in the Edgar Cayce readings. Four of the incarnations uncovered by the characters in Soul Awakening are my actual past lifetimes, right down to the name and location.
Before I even completed Soul Awakening, the ideas for Soul Rescue, Book II of the Dacque Chronicles, were running around inside my head trying to escape through my finger tips to my computer keyboard. A doubting-Thomas, as far as reincarnation is concerned, in Soul Rescue, became the main character in Soul Mind, Book III of the Dacque Chronicles. The only catch was that he needed to get murdered to be convinced of survival of the soul after death. The story of our murder victim in Soul Mind leads right into the recently published Soul Connections, Book IV of the Dacque Chronicles. The main character in Abandoned Souls, Book V of the Dacque Chronicles is currently tearing around inside my head trying desperately to share her story through the computer keyboard and join the characters in Soul Connections. Be patient, young lady.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
That would be Paranormal Mystery Fiction because of the knowledge I have acquired from my research into reincarnation.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
The writing itself. I have a general idea for each novel but no detailed plan. I allow the story to evolve along the way.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Actually, from many varied sources such as the Edgar Cayce reincarnation readings, actual paranormal stories that have been shared with me, along with paranormal TV shows and movies.
6. What is it that makes your writing different from all the others in your genre?
A lot of paranormal stories are horror stories. I write about friendly spirits.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I no longer have much time to read, but when I do it is mostly about true encounters with spirits or about information obtained through research into reincarnation.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Abandoned Soul is the story of a teenage girl who is suddenly thrust into foster care, and after some unpleasant experiences she runs away and becomes a street person many hundreds of miles from her original home. Her dangers do not disappear, but God has other plans for her and guides her into the hands of the protagonist in all of the Dacque Chronicles, Dacque LaRose, a retired high school teacher in his early seventies who has been enlisted by the Heavenly Powers to assist in the rescuing of lost souls. There currently is no deadline for the completion of Abandoned Soul.
Links to DOUG SIMPSON’s website, blog, books, etc.
All of my books are available in print and eBook format through most popular book suppliers. The list is extensive. Some can be accessed through my publisher, 5 Prince Publishing at http://www.5princebooks.com/buy.htm
Website – http://dousimp.mnsi.net
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/doug.simpson.902
Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/1DougSimpson
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Doug and his novel, SOUL RESCUE, BOOK II of the DACQUE CHRONICLES, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!