Catching up with bestselling author Douglas Clegg, Reader's Entertainment finds out about Isis, ereaders and what Douglas has been up to on Facebook lately.
Question: Using the Twitter method of answer (140 characters or less) tell us about the type of books you write.
I write stories about people up against extraordinary or irrational circumstances. My books have been categorized as horror, suspense or fantasy fiction, depending on the story.
Question: Your new book is very different from your other works. In one paragraph tell us what’s different about this new book.
The upcoming book, Isis, is a fully-illustrated tale of the supernatural about a girl who discovers a way to call the dead back to life. The illustrations are beautifully-done by the fantastic artist Glenn Chadbourne. It’s being published by Vanguard Press, a division of the Perseus Group.
Question: What is the oddest thing anyone has ever asked you about your books?
You’ve just asked the question.
Question: What kind of people read your books?
My readers tend to be good-looking, smart, fun-loving…
RECTV: *Side note: I read Douglas Clegg books!* :-)
Question: What power would you most want and why?
My power would be: to be able to immediately take away anyone’s sense of insecurity.
Question: What do you like most about being on Facebook?
Learning about what people are reading, viewing, and exploring in their lives. I like the community.
Question: For authors just starting out, what three things should they be doing online?
For authors starting out, they should be doing a lot of listening, a lot of reading (online and offline) and a lot of discovering. The online world is perfect for all of this.
Question: What are you writing now?
I’m finishing up some projects. I’ve worked on a novel for two years concerning family, madness, and murder on the New England coast. I’m hoping it will be finished by fall. I recently completed a novella
called “The Innocents at the Museum of Antiquities” that will be out in serial form in a magazine called Cemetery Dance, beginning the summer of 2009.
I’m launching a new serial, called The Locust, from my newsletter this summer – it’s free for subscribers at www.DouglasClegg.com
Question: Do you own an ereader and what do you think of it?
I own two of them. And I read ebooks on my computer, too. I like reading some books this way – but not all. I still like the feel of a print book in my hands, and I enjoy turning pages. I use the ereaders
mostly at the gym when I’m on the elliptical trainer or the exercise bikes – or when I ride the train or when on a trip.
Question: If you own an ereader, what are you reading on it right now?
I’ve been reading David Hewson’s Garden of Evil, but I tend to read a lot more nonfiction than fiction on the ereader.
Question: What has been the biggest ROI promotion you’ve done online?
Probably my serials, the first of which I launched in 1999, which turned my career around. Although I never actually think in terms of ROI. To me, what I get to do online is the fun stuff.
Question: Where can people find you online?