Check out this spotlight for author Thomas J. Doscher!
You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
I am a retired U.S. Air Force journalist living in Illinois with my wife and two sons. I started writing when I was 13 years old but never attempted to publish anything until a little over a year ago. I have a degree in History and that’s my biggest passion.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Autumn
Cat or dog? Dog. I have a goldendoodle named “Mimsy.”
Tea or coffee? Coffee.
Morning or evening? Evening.
Library or museums? I believe in the great power of the word “and.”
Hunter or gatherer? Hunter. Just got an eight-pointer last week.
Witches or wizards? Witches. One of my favorite books is “Hi, I’m a Witch, and My Crush Wants Me to Make a Love Potion.”
Ninjas or pirates? Ninjas.
Mountains or beaches? Beaches. I grew up in Florida.
Plotter or pantser? Plotter.
Pen and paper or computer/phone? Pen and paper.
Standalone or series? Both.
Book or ebook? Book for nonfiction, ebook for fiction.
Hero or anti-hero? Whoever can get the job done.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
Sci-fi with a historical hook. Harry Turtledove’s “Guns of the South” has Robert E. Lee holding an AK-47 on the cover. Shut up and take my money.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I am currently writing the fifth book of a six-part series called “The Vixen War Bride.” It is a military sci-fi story about a group of soldiers occupying an alien world following Earth’s first interstellar war. It’s part action, part romance, part comedy that focuses on things like cross-cultural communication, PTSD, what it takes to win a peace after winning a war and the overall nonsense of military life in a deployed area.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
My most recent release was the fourth book of “The Vixen War Bride,” “Repatriation.” You can find all my books on Amazon:
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
A lot of my real-life inspiration comes from historical anecdotes. “The Vixen War Bride,” for instance, is based on a story I heard about a soldier in U.S. occupied Japan after World War II. In the story, a Japanese woman comes to him to turn herself in for her actions during the war. Turned out she ran an inn that catered to kamikaze pilots on their last night before their final suicide missions. He didn’t have a reason to arrest her, but it was plain she wouldn’t take no for an answer. So he put her in their jail for a few hours and then let her go. As far as fictional sources, I get inspired to write whenever I see or read a good movie or book. The kind that makes you go, “I wish I could write a story like that.” It really fires me up and end up in my basement working.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
I’m not sure it’s a routine, but I try to write at least a little every day. The way I figure it, even writing one word is still progress. It keeps the momentum going.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
Don’t stop writing. I gave up writing for a few years and now I look back and see it as time wasted.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
Easiest place to find my books is Amazon.
I also have an author Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100069514145266