Douglas Cole has published six collections of poetry, a novella called Ghost, and the highly praised, well-reviewed novel The White Field. His work has appeared in several anthologies as well as journals such as The Chicago Quarterly Review, Poetry International, The Galway Review, Bitter Oleander, Chiron, Louisiana Literature, Slipstream, as well Spanish translations of work (translated by Maria Del Castillo Sucerquia) in La Cabra Montes. He is a regular contributor to Mythaixs, an online journal, where in addition to his fiction and essays, his interviews with notable writers, artists and musicians such as Daniel Wallace (Big Fish), Darcy Steinke (Suicide Blond, Flash Count Diary) and Tim Reynolds (T3 and The Dave Matthews Band) have been popular contributions https://mythaxis.com/?s=douglas+Cole. He has been nominated twice for a Pushcart and Best of the Net and received the Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry. He lives and teaches in Seattle, Washington. His website is https://douglastcole.com/.
What inspires you to write?
Dreams, coffee, reading other writers of course, walking, obsessive thinking, catching patterns in the day to day, like seeing the image of a well showing up in a book, then a movie, then…
Tell us about your writing process.
I love just having a paper notebook and a pen…no noise, no machinery, no hum or glow of a screen. I like feeling like I'm hammering it out on stone in a cave.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Fascinating, yeah, I hear their voices. Sometimes its a bit of mingling something I heard and whatever the imagination is providing.
Who are your favorite authors?
I've recently been knocked out by Haruki Murakami. I love the deadpan persona wandering through a strange dream. our poet laureate, Joy Harjo, wrote a beautiful book called Crazy Brave. The music of her language always seduces me. Paul Auster, James Baldwin, Jorge Luis Borges, Kate Braverman…I could go alphabetically: Delillo, Joyce, Kerouac, Lowry, McCarthy, Toni Morrison, Sam Shepard, Hunter S. Thompson…
What genres do you write?
Poetry, Drama, Flash Fiction, Novels (Literary, Crime…)
How did you choose the genre(s) you write?
They choose me.
What three things are on your writing desk at any given moment?
Pens, a light, a laptop.
What hobbies do you have when you need a break from writing?
swimming, biking, walking the dog…something physical.
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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