At a Glance
David Douglas is a writer, cinephile, and mathematician. Born and raised in Jonesboro, AR, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree from Arkansas State University. He went on to study Statistics in graduate school at the University of Memphis. In 2014, he moved to Texas and currently resides in McKinney.
In 2015, David began a serious pursuit of a writing career by enrolling in a creative writing class and joining local writers organizations. After months of struggling with the arduous task turning a story idea into an outline for a novel, he found his first success by writing a short story, The Bruised Banana, which won awards in two Texas writing competitions.
Presently, David is continuing work on his first novel, a romance/mystery set in Texas, and is an active member in several writers organizations — two of which, he is on the Board of Directors. His future plans include writing more short stories, a sequel to his first novel, and his ultimate goal is to write an acclaimed theatrical play.
The Write Path
Looking back, it seems I was always meant to be a writer. I remember at a very young age using my Dad's typewriter to peck out several little 4-line poems. Then, when my family bought our first personal computer, it wasn't long before I was writing, printing, and sharing my "scary" stories with others. Continuing throughout junior high and high school, I was always happiest when my writing assignments allowed for complete creative freedom. Of course, I was perfectly competent at writing book reports or writing about specific topics, but I always preferred to write about my own experiences or create my own fictional tales. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way — I suppose it was when I entered college — I quit writing creatively.
Thankfully, after graduating college and teaching a year of mathematics at a private high school, I rediscovered my passion for writing when I wrote a 56-page script called Fire Lake. Sadly, when my plans for turning the script into a short film fell through, I again stopped writing. But the passion, determination, and sense of accomplishment, I felt from writing it, stayed with me.
For the next few years, I dabbled in the technology and website development fields. After hitting a lull, I again turned to writing. In 2011, when I suddenly wrote two poems — after having no interest in writing, or even reading, poetry previously — others were understandably surprised, but also genuinely supportive and complimentary. Two years later, I began to realize I wanted to pursue writing as a career, but I was unsure if I had the knowledge and talent needed.
In 2014, when I moved to the Dallas, Texas area, I realized there were many opportunities available for me to improve my writing knowledge. So in January 2015, I took the first step by taking an 8-week class about the basics of writing a novel. By the end of the year, I had completed the outline for a novel, and I had written my first award-winning short story, The Bruised Banana. Currently, I am focused on completing the manuscript for the romantic mystery, The Seahorse and the Mermaid.
Write What You Love
Over the years — probably due to my mathematical background — I have noticed a pattern pertaining to the genre of stories I favor. The genre categories are: 1) suspense/thriller; 2) murder mystery; 3) story of love — not to be confused with a "love story." (A story of love doesn't always end in a "happily ever after.") So it's no surprise that in my fictional writing, I attempt to combine all three categories into my stories. Essentially, I write the types of stories I would want to read/watch myself. On a side note, it's plain to see why Rear Window is my favorite movie, as it successfully combines everything I love.
Influence of Film
I have no idea when my love for film began. Was it when I was a toddler, or was it ingrained into my nature before I was even born? Because, honestly, I cannot remember a time when I wasn't watching and adoring movies. I sometimes wonder which was my first movie to watch. But alas, I will probably never know. Regardless of how it came about, the love has grown and influenced my life over the years.
I never considered filmmaking as a hobby, a profession, or in any form until 2005. It was then that I wrote, produced, directed, filmed, and edited a short film, The Passenger. It was a small project with only a few friends gathered to help me turn my idea into reality. However, that little project was a huge influence on my life. Unfortunately, no, it didn't turn me into a feature film director, but it did boost my confidence in my abilities. In 2006, I helped a friend film his own short film. Then, in 2007, I wrote a new, much longer script, Fire Lake, which I hoped to also turn into another short film. I was set to play the character of Trip. A couple of friends were set to play Joe and Chris. Sadly, though, I couldn't find enough interested, reliable people to fill out the rest of the cast. So the filming of the project fell through. Nevertheless, I'm still proud of the script and the determination I had while writing it. And again, it was a good experience that influenced my life. If I had not written Fire Lake, I don't think I would be writing today.
As for my favorite movies, I'm usually attracted to Classic, Foreign, and Indie movies. It's rare for a big-budget Hollywood movie to leave me feeling anything but disappointed. Regardless of when, where, or for how much money a film was made, I find there's nothing better than an intricate mystery, brimming with suspense. Hence, my favorite movie overall is Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly.