Interview with Douglas Wickard author of A Perfect Husband.
Why are you taking part in the author blog challenge and what do you hope to achieve?
The profession of writing is NOT over once the book is finished, edited and published. The task of building a brand and selling the book is an even greater task. I use interviews on blogs as a way of allowing the audience to get to know a bit about me and gain readership.
How long have you been writing for?
Forever. Since I was a mere child. I’ve always had a vivid imagination and loved reading. I think I wrote my first short story at 12.
What would you say is the most difficult part of writing a book?
I don’t find anything ‘difficult.’ It’s a process I happen to love. I, like many authors, have a bit of a procrastination problem. But, once I’m sitting in my chair and my writer’s light is on…I’m in the zone.
What genre do you generally write?
I write thrillers, suspense, mysteries.
Do you have a favourite author and why?
I read voraciously so it would be impossible to choose just one…so many, Bret Easton Ellis, Jonathan Franzen, James Baldwin to name a few.
What is your book called and how did you choose this title?
A PERFECT HUSBAND The title was actually given by my agent Harvey Klinger. My working title was called THE PATH OF WATER and he wanted something more…thrilling.
My first published novel, A Perfect Husband, introduces Sami Saxton, a normal forty-something year old woman dealing with challenges; a bad marriage, a tarnished career, a mid-life crisis (what else is new?). A simple plan to escape from her past and begin anew comes to a terrifying halt when a series of events catapult her into a battle for territory, self-preservation and ultimately her Life.
Has your book been published and how did you go about this?
Yes. By an Ebook publisher out of San Francisco called UNTREED READS. I went about it in the traditional way… got an agent and he submitted to publishers. My book was picked up by UR.
Approximately how long did it take you to finish your book?
Usually first draft is finished in three months, the editing can take up to a month also.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
I’ve said this before, Just do it!
Do you use social media to promote your book, if yes then which social networks do you like the most?
Yes, most definitely. Social media is the only way to go if you are selling an Ebook. I use Twitter everyday. I have built up a strong presence on Twitter and love engaging with my Twitter family.
Have you enrolled your book onto Amazon’s KDP Select and how have you found it?
I have not. Being published I have to abide by my publishers contract. KDP is a great program used by Indie authors. It allows free downloads and increases rank and allows the book to get to a larger audience.
If you had to do it all over again what would you do differently?
I’m pretty satisfied with the process. I only regret that I chased after approval so arduously when I was younger, putting other people’s opinion first rather than trusting my own belief in myself as a writer.
What books do you like to read in your spare time?
Everything. I have just recently, due to selling my book, met a large number of Ebook authors, so my reading has been focusing on them.
What do you feel is the most important stage of writing a book?
All stages. I do feel the editing is the most important but all the stages are wonderful. I get to write novels! That’s an amazing thing. I am full of gratitude for the gift.
Where is your book available to buy?
AMAZON USA and where ever Ebooks are sold.
How did you go about designing the cover for your book?
The publisher put together several covers and I happened to like this one. It didn’t look like your typical thriller cover, it had a flair of literary to it. So, I went with it!
Are you writing or considering writing a follow-up to your book?
Yes, I finished a book in December called ENCOUNTER. But, due to the amazing feedback from A PERFECT HUSBAND, I am shelving ENCOUNTER and working on the sequel called A PERFECT SETUP.
Do you have a day job (if so, what do you do?) or do you write full-time?
I do work full time in the hospitality industry, been doing it for years. I write early in the morning 2-3 hours before work. I look forward to the day I can write full time.