Monday, July 9, 2012

Hello. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I am Rebecca Scarberry (Scarberryfields on Twitter). I have a treat for you. I have interviewed author, Douglas Wickard. He is the author of the popular novel entitled, A Perfect husband. I have asked him some questions, he has never been asked before. ENJOY!

Scarberryfields:  Can you tell us a little about your nationality/ancestry?

Doug: I am Scandinavian, German on my mother’s side and American Indian, English on my father’s side. In other words, a mutt.

Scarberryfields:  Have you always lived in Los Angeles, California?

Doug: I was born in Ohio, but left home early, at the age of sixteen and joined the Navy. By the age of twenty-three I had traveled the globe (join the Navy – see the world). My last duty station was Port Hueneme, California. Upon finishing my enlistment, I was hired for a lab tech position at UCLA Hospital, thus my roots in Los Angeles. After three years, I moved to New York City and lived there until 2000 when I moved back to Los Angeles.

Scarberryfields:  When you finished your debut novel, did you begin to miss the characters in your story?

Doug: For the most part, once I finish a novel, the characters leave me alone. I’ve tied up the loose ends so they are content. It’s when I start writing again that the characters begin to swim in my head and rattle my thoughts. Sami can be very persistent in her need to get to the page.

Scarberryfields:  While writing, if you need help with punctuation, grammar, etc., where do you turn?

Doug: I’m pretty good with grammar and punctuation. My Achilles heel is spelling. I have dictionaries placed strategically throughout my house. I use them for the most ridiculous of words. Usually every day words. Thank God, for spell check.

Scarberryfields: Does writing benefit you in any way and if so, how?

Doug:Writing has always been a portal for self-expression. I began as a teenager writing poetry, then short stories. I wrote my first musical -- WAITING -- when I moved to New York City. From that point forward, my writing has been a gradual progression of different styles and formats. I never held myself back. I always allowed myself creative freedom.  

Scarberryfields:  When you’re writing, do you shut-off all social networks?

Doug: Yes. I can’t have distractions in the zone. It has to be 100% focus. That’s why I usually write early in the morning, before the sun comes up. I love that quiet, dark time.

Scarberryfields:  Did you use any family member as Beta readers for your debut novel?

Doug: I did. I chose six people, including my family. They were excellent choices. They gave me honest, constructive feedback. One of my sister’s was so invested in Sami she wrote a three-page synopsis of the book. It was emotionally moving to read somebody’s intimate take on the story. And, then, another sister didn’t like the book at all.  Honesty.

Scarberryfields:  Have you completed any other works?

Doug: I have three complete trunk novels. I’m sure at some point they will see the light of day. I am also working on the sequel to A PERFECT HUSBAND called A PERFECT SETUP.

Thank you so much, Doug for answering my questions honestly and without hesitation. It has been a pleasure knowing you over the past five months. As you know, I read your debut novel and wrote a 5* review. I am looking forward to reading A Perfect Setup. Certain I will love it, because I love your style of writing.


  1. Great interview with remarkable author Douglas Wickard. I enjoyed his first book immensely and look forward to future novels.

  2. Great interview...loved it! Getting the book soon to see what a Perfect Husband looks like....I thought I had him already!

  3. Good looking dude! Wonder if he's ever modeled? Makes me want to read the book even more.

  4. Thanks for doing this interview, Rebecca, and sharing it with us!