Interview: Douglas Jacobson

Douglas Jacobson is doing a virtual tour for his book, Night of Flames. We gave you a review of the book yesterday, and today we’re talking with him about his experience in writing this book.

Enjoy this interview.


Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I’m from Elm grove, WI and I have been writing for eight years.

Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?

Night of Flames: A Novel of World War II is a story about the courage of common people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. What I want readers to take away (besides being entertained by a good, page-turning story) is how ordinary people can become heroes when they are trying to protect their loved ones and their way of life.

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

I am in the final stages of a second historical novel set in Europe during World War Two. While the theme is similar, this book is centered around one of the most notorious war crimes ever committed and the ensuing cover-up.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

That’s a tough one, but I would have to say it might be the The Book Thief or The Guernsy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society just because of their very unique narrative styles.

Favorite authors?

Ken Follett, Stephen Ambrose, Nelson DeMille, John Grisham, Dan Brown.

Book you’re currently reading?

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.

Any type of writing ritual you have?

Whenever and wherever I can steal the time.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?

Yes, it happens. Usually I start reading from the source material I’m using as background to inspire new plot ideas. I also find that minor editing and re-writing the last thing I’ve written gets me back in the groove.

In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?

If other people from diverse backgrounds enjoy what you’ve written.

Advice for other writers?

Do not get discouraged and don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do it. Find people you trust and have them read what you wrote and give you honest feedback. A good writers group or roundtable is invaluable.

Where can we learn more about you?

Anything else you’d like to add?

Get a hold of a copy of Night of Flames and read it. I love to hear back from readers about what they think.

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