Douglas is a former pastor, award-winning filmmaker, novelist, and screenwriter who writes inspirational dramas with a touch of magical realism. He has written two highly reviewed novels, The Return of the Santa Fe Super Chief, and Over the Monster, and two award-winning screenplays based on the novels.
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- [01:12] – Douglas went to New York University at a young age and studied acting for years
- [01:24] – He then went into the ministry as a pastor
- [01:31] – He moved out to California to continue his film pursuits
- [01:39] – He also became a chaplain at a hospital in Burbank and at Los Angeles Center Studios
- 01:57 – He joined eHarmony in 2006 where he met his wife, Renee
- [03:10] – Douglas’ area of expertise is in telling stories
- [04:11] – He writes inspirational stories with emotional depth
- [04:20] – One BIG and Unique Value Bomb: “Writers and artists in general have a responsibility to help remind people what it’s like to feel deeply about life”
- [05:04] – “We learn from stories and we connect with stories”
- [06:30] – Worst Entrepreneurial Moment: After Douglas wrote his first novel, he received mostly 5-star and 4-star reviews. Out of nowhere, he got low-rating review because someone just wanted to be cruel
- [09:28] – JLD shares a story about The Freedom Journal
- [10:20] – Identify the negatives
- 10:38 – Sapiens is a book that talks about innate lizard-brain thinking
- [11:27] – Focus on the positive
- [12:00] – Entrepreneurial AH-HA Moment: Douglas didn’t know what to write initially when he transitioned to writing novels. A teacher told him to write down 10 things he felt strongly about in a positive way and 10 in a negative way to find his story ideas
- [12:42] – “It’s the same thing when you’re trying to figure out what business you want”
- [13:58] – If you’re in-touch with your passion, it will show up
- [15:17] – If you find your passion, people will definitely see it
- [16:08] – Passion doesn’t always equal what you’re excited about
- [17:36] – What is the one thing you are most FIRED up about today? “I recently obtained the legal rights to write about a World War II romance for my next project”
- 19:34 – Find out more about Douglas’ new book on Facebook and Amazon
- [20:06] – The Lightning Round
- What was holding you back from becoming an entrepreneur? – “It was fear of the unknown and lack of the financial resources”
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “Faith is being sure of hope for, and certain of, what we do not see… Keep writing”
- What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? – “My most important habit is prayer”
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- If you could recommend one book to our listeners, what would it be and why? – The Saints and The Poets – “this book helps creative people slow down and put their life in perspective”
- [24:02] – Take time out and be energized
- 24:54 – Get Douglas’ novels, The Return of the Santa Fe Super Chief and Over the Monster on Amazon
- 25:02 – Connect with Douglas on Facebook and Twitter
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