Teacher, Writer, 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. It is available in print and e-book format through most book stores. His magazine and Web site articles have been published in 2010 and 2011 in Australia, Canada, France, India, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Soul Awakening is your first published novel. How did it make you feel?
Doug: Wonderful! I had attempted to write a novel many times over forty years, but for a multitude of reasons never managed to come even close to a completed manuscript. The completion of Soul Awakening was a dream come true. Then to really like the completed manuscript was a bit of a shock. I had to pinch myself a number of times before I could believe that I had really created this strange document in front of me.
Where did you get the idea for your book?
Doug: That is a bit of a long story! My personal soul awakening provided me with the knowledge and courage to write my first novel, appropriately titled Soul Awakening. Some thirty-plus years ago, my wife introduced me to one of America’s almost-lost miracle-men. His name was Edgar Cayce. He is regarded by many scholars in the field as a legendary American mystic. Edgar gave over 15, 000 psychic readings in a self-induced, trance-like state!
Throughout some forty years Edgar gave over 10, 000 medical readings for people, many of whom Edgar had never met and who were a thousand or more miles away at the time of the reading. On occasion, in his deep trance state, Edgar prescribed remedies and prescriptions that had not yet been invented.
The research I did into the Edgar Cayce reincarnation readings, and my own four past-life regression sessions, provided a lot of ideas. Whenever I got stuck along the writing journey, my writing Guardian Angels always bailed me out with some new ideas. Many people will not understand this, but it is old-hat with me. For example, one evening I finished up a chapter of Soul Awakening before bedtime and had absolutely no idea what the next chapter was going to be. Upon awakening, I knew exactly what to write and away I went. There were other times when I would sit down to write, knowing exactly what I was going to write, only to discover along the journey that the path mysteriously detoured in a different direction. I quickly learned, don’t fight it, and just go with the flow.
You are very spiritual. How important is it to have faith?
Doug: Once I accepted the notion that humans did not just evolve by 'luck,' then that could only mean that there was a guiding hand behind the story. The knowledge I acquired from the Edgar Cayce research was all that I needed to convince me. Once you believe in The Guiding Hand that many of us call God (but whatever name is used does not matter) then, at least for me, there is a door that seems to open to the other side, and a unique line of communication begins. At first you may call it imagination or intuition, but after it happens often enough, you realize that there is a lot more to it than that. Accepting this communication from the other side opens the flood gates and the knowledge flows much more freely. Without faith and its rewards, Soul Awakening never could have happened.
Any words of encouragement and wisdom for young writers or writers who want to pursue a career in writing?
Doug: Because I am not a 'normal' writer, the only advice I would give is to write from the heart, not the brain, and if along the journey new ideas suddenly appear, LISTEN.