#SOOP Interviews D.B. Watson

We’re excited to interview D.B. Watson on the SOOP blog this week! We’re always interested to learn about authors’ writing processes and everything that has led them to where they are today. We hope you’ll find D.B. Watson’s perspective insightful and inspiring as you continue your own journey as an author.

Can you give us a little background on yourself?
I’ve been writing for 40+ years and just started publishing my work The Two Timer Series book 1 Harlequin and book 2 Homecoming.

What made you want to become a writer?
I have a vivid imagination that was filled with stories. I had a new on everyday.

Why did you choose the genre you chose?
The type of stories I was interested in were M/M stories. I wanted to see how they fall in love. What I got was denial, self-hate and they all end in tragedy leaving me with the message: if you’re gay any relationship you have will end with suffering. I hated that so I decided to write my stories with a happy ending. With added drama.

Did you ever write as a child?
Yes. At the age of nine years old I self-taught myself how to write by reading books on different genres. I wrote all my stories in long hand in blank notebooks.

Did this affect your work in any way?
No, I worked retail so it was easy to write.

Is this truly what you are passionate about or did you write just for fun?
I wanted to be a writer ever since I started to learn to read. I loved words and forming them into a story even if then it was only in my head.

What inspires you?
Books, movies, and watching people.

Do you believe in writer’s block?
I do

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Exhaustion and sometime stress.

How do you overcome this obstacle?
I start reading and watching movies.

What does your schedule look like when you are writing?
I try to make sure I write even if it just taking notes for the story.

Do you set aside time for writing and do you stick to that schedule?
I try to make sure I write at least one chapter a day.

What are your goals and intentions for this book?
To be published in three months.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Seeing my characters and their story develop.

How will this influence society and have you thought about where it stands in society?
I want society to see that gay couples have the same problems as straight ones.

What is your target audience?
Anyone who wants a good story.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?
None of it. It comes to me pretty smoothly.

What makes your book stand out?
It’s not the basic relationship story it shows real problems that normal couple face and deal with. Beside the over the top action.

Is this book part of a series or a single book?
All books is standalone but is part of a series called The Two Timer Series.

Do you plan to make it into a movie or TV show?
I would love to see this on TV or the big screen but I don’t have any plans right now.

Have you thought about who would play the parts in your story?
No; but I do model one main character’s father from the actor Javier Bardem.

How did you come up with the title?
Harlequin is the killer in the story and Homecoming is the main character going home to see his family. Now Two Timer is simple, there will always be someone two timing on someone.

What is your inspiration for this story?
This story didn’t exist and it need to.

What about your story makes you excited?
Throwing a lot of crap at my main characters and seeing them dodge and weave their why out alive.

Was this a long journey or did you know where you wanted to go from the beginning?
The Series was a long journey. It started out as a single novel but grew into something I couldn’t contain.

What kind(s) of writing do you do?
Thriller/ Suspense/ Mystery/ M/M romance / Sci-Fi

Why did you choose that type writing?
I love to see how the human mind can handle stress.

Do you read other authors in the same genre?
A few but I like to read a large range of genres.

If so, does it help you to see where you need to go with your writing to stay up with the trends?
No.

Do you have another job besides writing?
Still working in retail.

If so, does that job interfere with your writing?
No it doesn’t in face my coworkers a very supportive. In face my boss bought both my novels.

Have you ever scrapped an entire story for no reason?
No. Scenes yes. But not whole stories.

Did you go back to the idea and try again or did it just stay buried?
Yes. In face I used them in different stories.

Describe your work space?
Dinning table and bed.

What is the most important thing in this space?
A Plug for my computer.

What program do you use to write?
Microsoft word.

Do you outline before you begin?
No. I take notes but no outline.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Watching great and bad movies with my family and reading books.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
To trust my gut and believe someone will read and enjoy story.

How many books have you written?
I published two so far but I’ve written eight in this series and four other ones.

Which is your favorite?
All of them.

Do you hear from your readers much?
No but I would love to hear from them.

What do you think makes a good story?
Great characters, a real story and a believable ending.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Twelve finished unpublished and two half finished.

What does literary success look like to you?
To be able to stay home and write and see my books in the library someday.

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