By Taroue Brooks
What inspired you to write a book? I felt I had something to say about the period of my adolescence that defined my generation. The objective historical event of the crack epidemic was so impactful and influential. The police response was overreaching. It set the table for so much of what bedeviles black communities today.
How do you plan to market your book during pandemic?
I plan to run special promotions every month of the lockdown. The first was the first week when we offered the book for 99 cents. I have been doing pandemic book readings as well on Facebook. I started with the fall of 87. I am also readings works of the Harlem Renaissance and beyond.
What was the most challenging aspect in being an author?
There were no challenges in being a published author. I think it has been smooth because I have decided to self publish. The work is so important to me that even if I have the support of a larger publisher 8 would not be happy to have the work not be a reflection of what I wish it to be.
Who is your favorite author and why?
My favorite writer is Walter Mosely. Because his books, generally, spring from a rich African American heritage that informs the reader of nuances and characters that are not accessible without invitation.
Where can your book be purchased?
My book can be purchased at Amazon .com in digital and print formats.
What advice would you give someone seeking to become an author?
I would say if an author has a story they wish to tell that they go for it. Do not concern yourself with the result. Focus on the work and think of it as a document for posterity not just as a potential bestseller.
About Doug E. Doug
Doug is well-known to movie viewers for his starring role as the spirited pushcart operator turned bobsled racer in the feature film Cool Runnings. He is also known for his roles as a ne’er do well in Hangin’ with the Homeboys for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor, a class comedian in Class Act, a soldier enlisted for an unusual duty in Operation Dumbo Drop, an ill-fated high school student in Dr. Giggles and the hilarious FBI agent in That Darn Cat. In the Warner Brothers science fiction comedy Eight Legged Freaks, he portrayed a paranoid small-town radio host with visions of an alien invasion. In the animated DreamWorks film, Shark Tale, his is the voice of Bernie the jellyfish. His entrée into film began when he spoke one line in Spike Lee’s film Mo’ Better Blues. He was seen in the independent films, “Detachment” with Oscar winners Adrian Brody and Marsha Gay Harden, “An Act of War” and “Snowmen”
On television, Doug starred in the ABC series Where I Live, a show developed around his life in which he served as co-producer. He co-hosted the VH-1 series Rock of Ages and spent four seasons starring as the character Griffin in the television series Cosby. On the Nickelodeon animated show, Little Bill, Doug’s is the voice of Percy the pet store owner. Doug has appeared on Sesame Street and has guest-starred in Touched by An Angel, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Conviction, Blue Bloods and was seen recurring on the FX series Justified and “Brown Nation” now, streaming on Netflix
Doug made his debut as a director/producer with the film Citizen James, in which he also co-wrote and starred. Citizen James aired on Starz Movies.