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  • Douglas Daech


    Born near Detroit Michigan and transplanted to Tampa Florida in 1982, where he located the story called “Steeling Time”, the author now resides in Russellville, Kentucky.

    His past experience includes articles in the Tripolitan, (Journal of the Tripoli Rocket Association, June 1991) and TRASH (Tampa Regional Aero-Space Hobbyist). In 1993 and 1994 many articles were published in the Unauthorized Launch, the Tampa Tripoli High Power Rocket Club newsletter. A science fiction piece was also presented in the online magazine NTH Degree (May, 2004). Also, an award for creative nonfiction was granted in the 2007 Frank and Cellia Conley Writing Contest at Western Kentucky University

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Some Family Reading….

Over the last year or two, I have enjoyed doing my family tree on Ancestry.com.  I really didn’t know anything about half of my family history before starting that tree. My parent passed away when I was five years old and one side of the family was a complete mystery. It is good to see there is a blood line from my father’s family that is thriving. As I look at the tree, I see many characters that would be great fodder for a story or even a book!

My grand Uncle Otto lived in Collinsville IL. Many of the family came from that area. According to the Alton Telegraph, a local newspaper, he ran a small bar. Apparently, it was the local gambling house. In 1943 he was arrested and I guess it was closed down. My writer’s imagination can see the place in gritty black and white details like an old movie. Good old uncle Otto.

Aunt Minni, the sister of my grandfather, William A. Daech II, married a man named John Preston Brown.  This guy was in the race car business.  He either drove or rented race cars for others to have fun. His business was Brown’s Drive-yourself. The old photos of him and his car conjure up roaring adventures around the mud tracks of yesteryear. That’s good material for a chapter or two.

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My middle namesake, William F Daech, was an overseer of a sugarcane plantation in the Caribbean. I imagine he was overseeing slaves, working the cane, chopping and burning fields for harvest. The cane was used to make island rums. He married an English woman and had a child in the islands, but the roots of the family ended up in the States and settled in Edwardsville where he ran a distillery. I can almost imagine their hot romance on the tropic plantation as a book by itself.

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Great Great Grandpa William also served as the treasurer and sheriff. He was very active in the miners union and was major part of the union bargaining conventions. He was quoted in the Marxist magazine, The Worker on his labor beliefs. He was very political. The historic documents mention that he was a druid.

Investigating my ancestry opened my eyes to living uncles and aunts that I didn’t know I had. It gave me insights into past roots that I never knew about, and it sparked my imagination of the adventures they may have lived. Who knows, a new book may be developing from the characters in my families past. Will it be fiction or non-fiction, maybe a little of both? Only the future will tell!

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Is Warp Speed (FTL) possible?

 

 

Warp Drive, Patent Pending is a novel suggesting that a private industry could have access to an alien craft, and keep it a secret. They could back engineer the technology and release it in their designs as their own discovery. How far from reality is this Kindle ebook?  The book is available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MQQYRL1

Every day reports about UFOs spotted across the globe are made. I am sure some of them are planes and weather balloons. I guess a few of them may be experimental aircraft from area 51 or other secret military test centers. However, could that account for all of the sightings? Videos are on youtube, and ufo photos are all over the internet. Where could the flying saucers be coming from?

We are bombarded on a daily basis by television and radio presentations proposing that aliens have visited our planet in the past. The term ancient aliens has moved into common conversations as if there is no question on the point. Some politicians and astronauts have even disclosed facts regarding their existence. Our world has all but admitted that there are aliens among us.

The question remains. Where are they from? Legend and lore place their home as locations such as Sirius or someplace in the belt of Orion. The exact location is not the point I am trying to make. If they are here with us, no matter where they are from, this proves the point that faster that light travel is indeed possible.

The fact that an alien can travel from anywhere supports the theory that the technology is possible to travel faster than the speed of light. Many sci-fi fans just call that warp. The ebook, Warp Drive, Patent Pending takes this assumption and portrays an adventure involving not only engineering and corporate espionage, but it also explores the attitudes and ethics of the people involved.

Read Warp, Drive Patent Pending, available at Amazon for Kindle at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MQQYRL1 and it is also in the Kindle lending library. Enjoy it today!

 

What’s Happening Now

The November Challenge (Nanowrimo) has come and gone. This is a yearly event held to inspire people to write. Everyone keeps track of a word count with the goal of a 50,000-word book, and communities of writers compete for the greatest word total. This year I did not participate. I watched from the sidelines and finished up previous Nano projects. November may be over for those writers, but the work has just begun.

Some people say, writing the book is the easy part. After that, editing, publishing, selling, and promotion are the real challenges. I guess it all depends on the individual. But all of the processes are time-consuming, and it’s almost impossible to be a part time writer. Sticking you neck out to be reviewed, critiqued and rejected can be painful too. I wouldn’t call that easy. It makes one wonder why a writer writes.

In 2015 My Nano project was Warp Drive, Patent Pending. https://www.amazon.com/Drive-Patent-Pending-Douglas-Daech-ebook/dp/B01MQQYRL1 

warpdrive-cover I finished the first draft in January. Serious editing began and by August queries started heading to agents. The cover image and the text were edited, polished and tweaked to perfection and it finally ended up on Amazon. Warp Drive, Patent Pending is offered as a Kindle e-book. It’s now available in pre-order status and set for full release on Dec 20th.

The writer’s job is never done. November was very busy. The 2013 release of Haunted Romance was revised and edited for print, and the cover had to be redesigned for the paperback layout.  E-books don’t have back covers, so one had to be created as well. Even three years after the release of the 5-star e-book, it’s not finished. The paperback version of Haunted Romance is finally available now at  http://www.lulu.com/shop/douglas-w-daech/haunted-romance/paperback/product-22963178.html

If that’s not enough for one month, November also saw the development of the CreateSpace paperback of Sunset of Dreams. This new Novel follows the investigation of murders by a detective in Tampa Florida. Only he sees the connection, and it is too outlandish to believe. But you can’t argue with the facts! Sunset of Dreams will be released in early 2017.

My latest adventure called Finding Kray is now being queried to agents for traditional Publishing.  This novel also takes place in Tampa Florida.  The city is plagued with vampires, and one hunter is ready for the challenge. Filled with twists and turns, fun characters and surprise events this novel was as much fun to write was it will be to read! Look for Finding Kray late in 2017.

 

Writing is only the beginning of an author’s job. Once a book is born it needs continual work for it to mature into a finished product. It may start in the month of November, but the work is never ending. The good news is that the end product lives on forever. That is why writers write.

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