Daniel E. Ouellette was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine and although he no longer reside there, he said he will always consider that to be his first home. After graduating high school in 1983, he left to serve in the US Army where he trained to be a Fire Direction Specialist. During his time stationed at Ford Ord in California, he worked for the new Light Fighter Course as a driver. Daniel said that one of the highlights of his time in the Army was when he got to meet Gorge H. W. Bush when Vice President Bush made a visit to the fort.
Daniel then returned to Maine for a brief time after getting out, but felt the need to explore other parts of the country. So in 1990, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona with his sister Diane. He watch Phoenix grow from one million people to almost eight million people during the eighteen years he lived there. But now he lives in Brazoria county Texas between Sweeny and West Columbia (The first capitol of Texas). You’ll find Daniel behind his computer screen ever chance he gets, surely working on the next greatest American novel.
What inspires you to write?
I must say that just about everything inspires me to write. I don’t much care for the majority of television programs aimed at younger adults, and feel as though they could use better role models. So the characters I write about are what I believe children should strive to be.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’ve read so many different articles by many different authors explaining the process to getting a book written, and I must say that I don’t find them very helpful. I tried the outline method, but found myself going off on a different train of thought and liking it much better then my original outline. So I stopped trying to make myself stick to an idea and just watch where it goes.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I started to answer the question about outlines above, but again, I choose not to use them. I find them to be too distracting. My stories sound fake when I try to force them.
I write fiction, so each and every one of my characters are made up. I may base a character on someone I know, but I embellish them to a point that they are unrecognizable. But they do talk to me. On the first series I wrote, the Jason Stone Series, I found each of the characters talking to each other as though I was standing back watching. When I took them off track, they found a way to let me know. Usually by haunting my dreams!
So I say listen to your characters. Let them lead you down the right path. They have a story to tell and they want you to tell it, so be sure to listen to them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Have fun. If your story is a chore, stop and give it a rest. If you are fretting over the story, your readers are going to feel it to. So, walk away and give it a rest. When you are doing something else, the story will come to you when it’s ready. So just pay attention.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I did the agent thing and sent out many many queries only to be disappointed with the results. I know my stories are good and I wasn’t about to let an agent tell me otherwise. So I decided to self-publish. With the exception to the cost of printing the book, the rest is mine to keep. And while the money isn’t the reason for writing, it is nice to be able to utilize it when it does come in.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I would say that you should try to get your books/manuscripts out to agents, but don’t rely on them for everything. They get so many manuscripts a year, that your’s may or may not be just what they are looking for, so like most everything else in your life, if you want something, you need to make it happen.
What genres do you write?
Mainly fiction, but I do have a few humorous self-help books out there.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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