Today, I am launching a new occasional feature on the Frankfort Writers Center blog called Words to Life where I’ll highlight the work I do with clients. In addition to describing the client project I’ve helped them with, I also highlight other aspects of their writing and/or their work so you can get to know them a little more. I hope their stories will inspire you as you bring your own Words to Life.
Meet Doug Mennen. Doug is a 1985 graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree from the School of Technology. He has worked in real estate development and has completed numerous multi million dollar projects. In addition to real estate and writing, he works with his wife, Kym Flock-Mennen, at her business, Indiana Wellness, which specializes in anti-aging therapies. He lives in Lafayette with his wife and their two sons, Leighton and Jerrick.
Doug hired me to edit his political thriller, Purple Reason, and to help him self-publish the book through CreateSpace, Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, and the eBook platform Smashwords.
Recently, I asked Doug a few specific questions about his writing process and what led him to self-publish.
Charity Singleton Craig: How long have you been writing?
Doug Mennen: I started the book about 19 years ago as a self challenge. I just wanted to see if I could write a novel length story. I got about 30,000 words in and our first child was born and the book was put aside.
CSC: What led you to write Purple Reason?
DM: I wanted the story to communicate the frustration I and many others feel with the two party-system in American politics.