Author Interview with Doug Simpson @1DougSimpson #Book Abandoned Soul
About the Book:
She was abandoned by her father at age seven. The child care workers seized her at age fifteen when her mother ran afoul of the law. Her first two foster care placements were terminated after sexual harassment incidents. On a spur-of-the-moment whim, she and her foster care buddy hid in the back of an almost loaded moving van. Six hours later, still fifteen years old, she was a runaway, homeless street person in a city she never even knew the name of. Soup Kitchens and Downtown Missions became her new homes. She used the alias, Mary Smith so the authorities would be less likely to find out her real identity and return her back north where she hailed from. As the weather turned colder, she and her buddy hitchhiked further south. She never knew why but her buddy, her only real friend, then disappeared from her life. She was sixteen and alone. Her life consisted of surviving one day at a time. There was no use even thinking about a future, but then a miracle happened.
About the Author:
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 Booklocker. It was reissued in October of 2012 by 5 Prince Publishing as Soul Awakening, Book I of the Dacque Chronicles. For further details visit them at their website. It is available in print and eBook format through most bookstores around the world. Soul Rescue, Book II of the Dacque Chronicles was published in November of 2012, Soul Mind, Book III of the Dacque Chronicles was published in January of 2013, and Soul Connections, Book IV if the Dacque Chronicles was published in April of 2013. Doug’s first non-fiction book, titled The Soul of Jesus, will be published by 5 Prince Publishing in February of 2014. His magazine and website articles have been published in 2010 to 2013 in Australia, Canada, France, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His articles can be accessed through his website.
Can you tell us more about your book “Abandoned Soul” What is it about?
“Mary Smith”, a fifteen year old, has had a rough early life and two foster home placements terminated over sexual advances. These have embittered her considerably. The suggestion by a male, fellow foster care teenager that they sneak into the back of an almost-loaded moving van and see where they end up changed her life. She eventually is taken in by an elderly gentleman she calls Gramps. His name is Dacque LaRose and he is a Good Samaritan at heart and a believer in reincarnation. Over time they discover that they have shared past lifetimes together and their meeting in the south, many hundreds of miles from their original homes in the north, was not luck at all but predestination.
Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
I believe it is an interesting story for anyone to read but believers in reincarnation will definitely find it enlightening.
Abandoned Soul tells the tale of a young girl, abandoned at seven, suffers terrible acts through her teenage years and devastatingly left to look after herself. Can you tell us more about this girl and the people she encounters?
She is a bright, well behaved young lady brought up primarily by a loving mother. As a single parent, after her husband deserts them, her mother needs to work two jobs to enable them to survive. “Mary” acquires her self-survival skills basically looking after herself from age seven to fifteen. As she enters her new life in the south with Gramps she meets a number of his friends who are also involved in researching reincarnation. She was destined to meet them as they have all shared past lifetimes together.
This must have been a difficult story to write, are there parts that you struggled to complete, or had to seek encouragement or support from others so that you could complete the tale?
Because I have studied the survival of souls after the death of bodies and reincarnation of souls for a number of years, it is easy for me to write stories involving reincarnation.
Alongside “Abandoned Soul” do you have any other books, or plans to write more?
Abandoned Soul is actually Book V in a series called the Dacque Chronicles. The earlier ones are called Soul Awakening, Soul Rescue, Soul Mind and Soul Connections. I have completed Book VI titled the Soul of Zianos but it can use some fine tuning before I submit it for publication. I have a nonfiction book out titled The Soul of Jesus written using the copyrighted readings of the legendary American mystic, Edgar Cayce. A second book using the Edgar Cayce readings will be published this October. It is titled We Lived in Atlantis, This Is Our Story. My first real attempt at a romance novel, with a little bit of reincarnation tucked into the pages of course, will be published this November. It is titled The Déjà Vu House.
Tell us more about you? You were previously a teacher? Do you miss the days of education, or are you glad to be free? Tell us more about your background, what do you do when you are not writing?
My wife and I are enjoying the freedom of retirement. We competed in shuffleboard tournaments for a number of years and recently have taken up kayaking.
If you were not able to write, is there any other creative medium that you would use, and why?
I play at trying to play the keyboard but I am definitely not a natural musician.
Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors to choose from, which book and author would you suggest to be your favourite and why?
There Is A River by Thomas Sugrue. It is the book that introduced my wife and I to the amazing psychic readings of Edgar Cayce and this ultimately led me to writing reincarnation books decades later.
What guidance would you offer to someone new to the writing work, or who was trying to enhance their craft?
Never give up on your dream! Rewrites and rejections are only steps on the ladder to success.
Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?
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