Doug Simpson is a retired high school teacher who has turned his talents to writing. His first novel, a spiritual mystery titled Soul Awakening, was published in the United States in October of 2011, by Book Locker. It will be available in print and eBook format through most book stores around the world, in October of 2012 from his new publisher 5 Prince Publishing. His magazine and website articles have been published in 2010 to 2012 in Australia, Canada, France, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His articles can be accessed through his website HERE
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What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
There are many things I like about being an author or writer, but if I have to pick one favorite I guess it is the feedback from readers who say things like: Wow, I really enjoyed reading your book/article. Touching people’s lives makes the work all worthwhile.
What genre(s) do you write?
Spirituality mystery/romance fiction.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Writing comes pretty easy to me most of the time. Promoting it is the hardest function of an author, in my opinion.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Definitely a pantser. Sometimes I start a chapter heading here and along the way I get hijacked and end up over there. The same thing happened with Soul Awakening manuscript. It did not end up anything like what I thought it would be when I started.
Why do you think people should choose your books over another author?
The area of spirituality that I write in is not common. Soul Awakening is fiction but it was inspired by actual events in the lives of a number of people, many of which I know personally. If a reader is curious about the possibility of survival of the soul and spirit after the death of a body, and reincarnation of souls, then Soul Awakening is definitely an eye opener.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?
We do not just have ‘one life to live’. Reincarnation is real.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The most important function of our life is to be of service to others, not to enjoy life or get rich.
How long have you been a writer?
Almost four years, full time.
How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published?
Five or six months.
What other careers have you had?
High school teacher.
Do you write under more than one name? Why?
No. I am me and I am not ashamed of what I write.
Are any of your characters based on real people or events?
The characters are fictional but I did give the main character, Dacque LaRose, a number of my characteristics. Most of the events are real.
How would you describe yourself if you were “speed dating” your readers?
You may never have heard of me before, but you will never forget me and my message after reading Soul Awakening.
What’s something fans would find fascinating about you?
I receive guidance from the other side.
What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?
I believe the message in the stories I write. The story is fiction but the message is not.
What books or authors have most influenced your life?
The over 15,000 archived readings and over 300 books, including over 30 biographies by and or about the legendary American mystic, Edgar Cayce, have been my primary inspiration.
How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?
Most of them share my beliefs and are very supportive.
Where are you from?
Ontario, Canada in the warm weather and Florida in the winter months. We call it the best of both worlds.
How do you come up with the titles?
I have found that my anticipated title never survives the manuscript writing as the story glances off into adventures I never dreamed of when I started. The last thing I do is pick a title.
Has your life changed significantly since becoming a published writer?
I thought I was retired, but it turns out I just changed occupations.
Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?
I try to work on one book at a time, but when I have completed the first draft I like to let it sit for a number of months and come back to it later for a fresh look. In between I can start another project.
When not writing, how do you relax?
I do not have a specific hobby, such as golf. I guess the best response would be to say that I do whatever I want that I feel like doing at the time.
Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases.
Soul Awakening was first published by Book Locker in October of 2011. It will be rereleased by 5 Prince Publishing in October of 2012 followed by Soul Rescue in November of 2012. These will be followed by Soul Mind in January of 2013 and the yet uncompleted Soul Connections in October of 2013.
Soul Awakening is a work of fiction, inspired by a series of actual events. It is a spiritual mystery involving the apparently accidental, though actually orchestrated by Divine Intervention, meeting of three total strangers and their ultimate discovery that they shared previous lifetimes together. It delves into reincarnation, past lifetimes, spirit communication, messages from God, past-life regression sessions, Guardian Angels, past-life recall in the awake state, and soul attraction, which is the reincarnation of groups of souls together in more than one lifetime
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A Memorable Excerpt from Soul Awakening
“I would like you to again picture yourself sliding down the same tunnel as before, sliding towards the light at the end. When you exit from the tunnel, you will land in a different lifetime than the one as Bernice Woodward. Please let me know when you are out of the tunnel.”
After a few seconds, Clippers said, “I am out of the tunnel.”
“Please describe what you see.”
“There is a large crowd, men, women and children, waiting by the side of the path from Capernaum.”
“Who are you waiting for?”
“Who is Jeshua?”
“Jeshua the healer. Our Savior.”
“Are you waiting with the crowd?”
“Is Jeshua a relative or a friend of yours?”
“Why did you come this day to see Jeshua?”
“I brought our son for Jeshua to heal.”
“What is wrong with your son?”
“He has a crippled leg.”
“What is your son’s name?”
“Abraham bar Joseph.”
“Is your husband Joseph there with you?”
“What is your name?”
“I would ask you now to move along in time, just a little, to when Jeshua and His followers or disciples arrive at the spot where the crowd, including Anna and Abraham are waiting. When they arrive there, where you are, will you let me know, please?”
“Yes.” The room went silent, and the seconds slowly ticked by.
“Four of His followers have joined our waiting group. They are telling us that Jeshua will be arriving in a few minutes. The four followers have split up and are circulating amongst the throng of people. One is coming over where we are. He seems to be looking at us, or maybe it is Abraham that caught his attention.
“‘What is the matter with the boy’s leg? Did he break it?’ he is asking me. I told him that Abraham was born crippled. He has put his arm around Abraham’s shoulder and asked us to come along with him. We are moving through the crowd to the edge of the pathway. The people at the south end of the crowd are starting to cheer. I see heads appearing over the knoll. It is wonderful to see Jeshua. We have never seen Him before. He is stopping when He reaches one of His followers. That follower appears to have a blind beggar with him. Jeshua just placed His hand on the beggar’s head, and said something quietly. I am too far away to hear. The beggar is jumping up and down, shouting, ‘I can see! I can see!’ He is now thanking Jeshua.
“They are moving on towards us. The follower beside us is telling Jeshua that Abraham has been crippled from birth. ‘Is that correct?’ Jeshua is asking Abraham. Abraham says, ‘Yes, sir. Please make me well so that I can run and jump like the other boys.’ Jeshua is smiling. ‘My son, your sins are forgiven. Give Me your crutch.’ Abraham hands Jeshua his crutch, and He tosses it on the ground. ‘Now My son, let us see you jump as high as you can,’ Jeshua says. Abraham is hopping around the path like a rabbit. ‘Now,’ Jeshua says, ‘Let’s see you run down to the end of the crowd and back as fast as you can.’ Abraham has taken off moving as fast as I have ever seen any boy run. This is a Miracle. It truly is a Miracle. Abraham has turned around and is charging back towards us. He runs right into Jeshua’s arms and is hugging Him, saying, ‘Thank you! Thank you!’ through his tears.
“The tears are pouring down my cheeks, also. I feel faint. I reach out for Jeshua’s follower and he helps me to remain standing. Jeshua backs away from Abraham, and musses-up his hair. ‘The Father has Blessed you, My son,’ He says and now is walking further down the path. The follower asks if I will be alright, and I tell him I think so. He is also moving along the path, following Jeshua. Abraham and I are hugging each other. We are still crying.”
Eye was so mesmerized by the revelation that it took a few moments for it to register that Clippers had stopped talking.
‘How do I follow that?’ she asked herself. “Is there anyone in your current lifetime that you recognize who is there in the crowd waiting for Jeshua?”
“Please tell me their name then and today.”
“Abraham is Max Winston, my son.”
“I am now going to slowly bring you out of your hypnotic trance. On the count of ten, you will be wide-awake and feeling refreshed, and you will be able to remember most of what has taken place during our session today. One ...... two ...... three ...... you are beginning to feel more awake, four ...... five ...... six ...... seven ...... you are almost totally awake, eight ...... nine ...... ten. Wake up!”
Clippers stretched her arms, yawned, and opened her eyes.
Eye handed her the two CDs. “I believe that we just experienced the most rewarding regression session that I can ever remember, Clippers. You truly are Blessed.”