A few years ago, I had the privilege of meeting Doug Hiser during our teacher certification courses. He had already written several books and was (and continues to be) very passionate about the art of writing, creating, and illustrating. He has accomplished so many goals that I thought it only fitting he would be featured first.
This is what he had to say. . .
- Did you go through self-publishing or a traditional publisher? What is better? Both. POD too. I actually like POD for so many reasons and especially because you keep almost half the profits off each book sold.
- What did you do before you became a writer? I'm an art teacher and a soccer coach. I am first a professional wildlife artist and a conservationist. I've been creating art long before I ever took writing seriously.
- Do you plot out your novel or do you just go with the flow? I have never plotted any of my 18 books. I have the inkling of a mood or an idea and I just let my characters go with me following them like watching a movie in my head. When I first start I don't even know what genre it will turn out to be, no wonder I have a thriller/mystery novel, 2 fantasies, a love story-coming of age novel, a nature-love triangle- adventure novel, and so on...
- What do you think makes a good story? "Conflict" Emotion, "voice" mystery.