Jamie Tucker Dougan is a 40something indie author and blogger from East Ayrshire in Scotland. He enjoys blogging about random things and writing short stories with an adult romantic theme.
His first short story, Grande Plage, was released in July 2012 and reached number 1 in the Amazon DE Free Download chart in August 2012. It was followed soon after by his second short story, Always Running Away which included the little bonus story, A Bus Journey.
In September 2012, Jamie released The Rubicon Trail, a fictionalisation of a real life adventure in America. It has been a Top 5 best seller in its category.
Jamie is currently working on a series of novellas, the first called Offside! They are about fictional footballer Shane Henderson whose love life becomes as complicated at the offside rule in football. The first in the series was released on 1st December 2103 and the second is due in the spring 2014.
Away from writing, Jamie works in a busy car & truck dealership in his home town and is a loving husband to his partner of 22 years and loving dad to his two young sons. He enjoys watching football, motor racing and walking.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration comes from my daydreams. Dreams of escaping reality that I’ve always had. The current novella series that I’m writing has been inspired by my childhood dreams of becoming a footballer and from following a cartoon strip in a national newspaper.
Other things inspire me too. Making fiction from a real-life situation or event has led to some short stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process begins in my head. I create a story from characters who are loosely based on people in real life. I then build a story around them and make some notes to build a synopsis. But I’m mainly a seat of the pants writer. Having a full time job means making lots of mental notes until I get to sitting down and typing them into my laptop.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I guess I kind of listen to my characters. I build a backstory for most of my characters, a little history of who they were and what they were up to before they appear in whatever story I’m writing. If I stray from that backstory, the character will tell me as I’m writing.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t copy other writers. Don’t compare yourself to other writers and don’t compete with other writers. It’s not a competition… well, not for me anyway!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It was never ever my intention to publish anything I’d written. The first story I published, Grande Plage, began life as just a short story written on a few lunch breaks at work. It then spent a short time on my blog. Then someone suggested that I should publish that story on the back of the hype of the 50 Shades saga.
I chose to publish via Amazon KDP mainly because it’s free to do so. And being Scottish, I’m tighter than three coats of paint.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
People will always want books to read. But the likes of Amazon KDP and Kobo Writing Life have made it possible for authors and indie authors without a publisher to get their work out there. And I think that’s how it’s going to be from now on, more indie authors getting their chance to tell their story.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Adult Romance. Sports Romance
What formats are your books in?