Chris Douglas: An Author Interview

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Hi Chris! Why did you decide to write a book?

I have always enjoyed doing physical activities like running, yoga, cycling, working out, etc… All my friends knew that I did those things and sometimes they would ask me for advice. Eventually some of them started suggesting that I wrote books about this and, this way, I could help more people as well.

How long have you been writing?

Actually, I have only started recently. Initially, I never thought that I would become a writer.

How long did it take you to write this book?

Overall, it took me a couple of months to write this book, from defining which topics I would cover and learning/researching the best way to write them. I also have another full time job, so I could only work a few hours a day on it.

What do you use to write your books?

Pen and paper for organizing the ideas and defining the topics I wanted. Most of the book was written in the computer.

What problems did you encounter?

Procrastination, fear that nobody would want to read my book,

How do you think you’ve evolved as a writer since you’ve started?

I think that I organize myself much better now than I used to, I still have a lot of random ideas that I want to put in the book but I keep myself much more focused in the goal.

Is there anything you wished you’d known when you started writing?

Just start writing it and the ideas will flow; don’t keep trying to get to the perfect situation.

Do you structure your plots or just go with the flow?

I do a little bit of both, I do sketch a structure to the book, but if I am writing about topic A and I feel like I could add more value to the reader by talking about topic B, C or/and D, I will.

Do you work on a set amount of words per day or does it change?

It changes; it depends on the day and on what I am writing about.

Do you do a lot of research when writing a book?

I do some research because I want to give the best, most recent studies about the things I am writing about. Also, I may look for professionals in the area or read about the topic in well known magazines or blogs.

What time of the day do you find is best to write?

I generally write after I workout, I have some great ideas when I am doing exercises.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I read a lot of books.

What draws you to this genre?

I like to write about things that I do in my life that could help other people.

How many books have you written?

Three to date.

Who designed your front cover?

I hired a designer in a website.

Who was the first person you showed your novel too?

My girlfriend.

How do you market your books?

Facebook and Twitter because those are the social networks that have the biggest reach. They are also for free. I may also start using Pinterest in the future as well.

How do you deal with bad reviews?

If it is a constructive bad review, I will try to fix my book and make it better.

How much time do you devote to marketing your books?

A few hours a week.

How do you get your book reviews?

When I promote my book, I ask for honest reviews.

Do you ever run free book promotions? Have these worked for you?

Yes. I had a lot more downloads than I normally do, but not as many as I expected.

Do you do all your own proof reading and editing?

No, I do edit and proof read, but I ask for other people to review it as well.

How and where are you publishing this book?

I have it currently available only for kindle at Amazon.

What are the main benefits of being an independent author?

The freedom to write whenever you want and the control of the process.

What are you reading at the moment? Which book do you have by your bed?

I am currently reading Harry Potter in French, because I am trying to learn the language and I remember enjoying that book when I was younger. I have the 4-hour workweek by my bed.

What was the first book you ever read?

I don’t remember what my first book was. But I do remember reading a lot as a kid, at least a lot more than my friends.

What is your favorite book to film adaptation?

Lord of the rings, awesome movie, but still not as good as the book.

Where are your favorite places to read?

At the beach, at the park.

What books do you read to your children?

No kids yet.

When you read do you prefer a book or a kindle/tablet?

A book because it always feels great to open a new one.

Any tips for aspiring authors?

Just do it, make mistakes but fix them as you go.

What’s next?

Next, I want to write more books that can help more people.

Where can we find more about you, Chris!?

You can follow me on Twitter: @chris_kdp

All my books can be found on Amazon:

Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners

Stretching: Pre and Post Running Stretching Exercises

Running: A Guide for Beginners