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Douglas Schwartz

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Douglas is an imaginative author of absurd fantasy sprinkled with witty humor. He juggles his two passions of writing fiction and designing games with working a full-time job and an active family life. His published works include a handful of music reviews for a local paper, a short stories, and over a dozen co-written stage productions for children. Douglas founded Pegamoose Games, a company to funnel another portion of his creativity and exercise his web development skills.

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Douglas Schwartz It's funny this question was asked. Back in school, I found a picture in my car of someone I don't know and don't know how the picture got into the…moreIt's funny this question was asked. Back in school, I found a picture in my car of someone I don't know and don't know how the picture got into the car. I stumbled across this picture recently. I've considered how I would go about figuring out who this person is and solving the mystery of how the car came into possession of this picture. This scenario is actually a story I have considered writing. I probably wouldn't write it as a murder mystery, and it wouldn't be a thriller. I'm thinking of something along the lines of Dirk Gently or maybe something similar to Dogs of Babel, but more lighthearted.(less)
Douglas Schwartz When asked this question, there are a few couples that came to mind from TV shows (like X-Files' Mulder & Scully), but I had a hard time thinking…moreWhen asked this question, there are a few couples that came to mind from TV shows (like X-Files' Mulder & Scully), but I had a hard time thinking of many couples from the books I've read. When I look over my books, there aren't many about couples. Most of them are a single person or groups of people on a journey who are not really considered one half of a "couple".

One couple that came to mind that I like is Romeo and Juliet. The love they shared was so pure and innocent, yet it was complicated by family circumstance. There is a couple in a similar situation that I like better than Romeo & Juliet, and that is Henry DeTamble and Clare Abshire from the book The Time Traveler's Wife. I love how they both meet the other for the first time. In both circumstances, one side knows a lot more about the other while the other knows nothing about this person. They both get to experience that sensation due to their situation. It reminds me of the relationship of Dr. River Song and the Doctor, but again, that's a TV show and not a book. Like Romeo and Juliet, their story is filled with tragedy leading to an inevitable ending, but it is still a beautiful story. Plus, it has time travel.

There are a few couples in my own fiction I've enjoyed writing. One of the quirkiest is Rachel and Sam from Silent Partners in Pickled Bananas. Sam has an imaginary friend named George and Rachel talks through a puppet named Bernice. Sam and Rachel build up a friendship, but the couple in this story is the pretend relationship between the puppet and the imaginary friend, which helps bridge a growing friendship between Sam and Rachel.

Two of the couples I've enjoyed writing are in Checkered Scissors. Ed, the protagonist, and his neighbor, Penny, have a unique relationship. They get along together like old friends and enjoy being in each other's company, yet circumstance keeps them apart. Either one is in a relationship while the other is available, or they are separated by being worlds apart. Their story continues in the sequel I am currently editing, where the complications persist.

The other couple I enjoy writing about are Penny's moms. Penny is a young woman raised by two mothers. The mothers are two best friends in a relationship that is equivalent to a heterosexual, single-sex marriage. Neither are sexually attracted to the other, but they enjoy being in each other's company so much, they decided to live together and support each other. To me, that is what a marriage should be--two people who want to spend the rest of their lives together and take care of one another. No man in their lives will make them as happy as they are being with their best friend. Somewhere along the way, they decide to raise a daughter together.(less)
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Andrew Douglas wrote: Thanks, Andrew! I take that as a great compliment. If my legs ran as much as my brain, I might be able to win a marathon. ;)

As long as you're fast enough to sneak up behind the muses? ;)


Douglas Andrew wrote: "Hey Douglas, thanks for responding.

Your a mind boggling author. I'm still trying to adjust to the tilt on my brain, and I'm fairly adept at having things turned inside out."


Thanks, Andrew! I take that as a great compliment. If my legs ran as much as my brain, I might be able to win a marathon. ;)


Andrew Hey Douglas, thanks for responding.

Your a mind boggling author. I'm still trying to adjust to the tilt on my brain, and I'm fairly adept at having things turned inside out.


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