Author Interview: Daren Doucet

Posted February 6, 2014 by Stormi in Author Interviews / 0 Comments

Author Interview: Daren Doucet

About the author:

Growing up in the small village of Jacquet River, New Brunswick, Canada, there was always a fair share of comedy to share around. People had a certain connectivity by helping their fellow neighbour out. Then there was always someone trying to tease someone—or, to put it another way, trying to get someone’s goat—as happens everywhere. But it was usually done with taste, and it was just done to entertain and spark a little laughter.

Growing up, my main interest was art sketching, and I got plenty of inspiration for practice through the comic books I bought locally. I became a big fan of Marvel and Archie comics. Then there was the calmness and serenity that was only offered by small-village life, with the art of fishing and wading in its rivers in the hot summer months. Being a nature lover, sometimes a thirst came to just escape into the wild where the scent of pines and fir trees abounded in massive quantities. Then the yellow colors of birches, red maple leaves, and the fall rustle of leaves on the ground provided for myself a strange sort of reflection and admiration of the cycle of nature. The solace of winter and the fresh powder base allowed us to rush out again to enjoy cross-country skiing, sliding, and downhill skiing.

While I had lots of friends, I was pretty much always a loner and went my own direction, even in college. Having been influenced by the muscle movies of the eighties, I began intense weight training, and I continue to this day in moderation. Even with those bulging muscles, I enjoyed the odd game of chess. Ever since my teenage years, racket sports dominated my life—tennis in the summer and badminton in the winter. Becoming frustrated after too many crushing defeats, it came down to just wanting the exercise and admiring the faster players. Everyone mentioned that I was the quiet one, joking that those are the ones to watch.

After high school, I graduated from Power Engineering Technology in Saint John, New Brunswick. I worked at a few casual labour jobs before getting hired on with the local energy utility as an operator, where I stand now. I consider myself fortunate to have worked with people on shift and to be a part of the shift-work mentality. Most of my coworkers do have a good sense of humour during the long, gruelling twelve-hour shifts, even though some of them may not realize it.

In 1985, my father bought his first VCR, and like many kids around twelve years old and up, I still wondered if it was better than the beta machines. All kidding aside, it brought to our home some great entertainment; I became a great fan of the first few National Lampoon’sVacation films with the ever-funny Chevy Chase, the first few Police Academy films, and Moving Violations. The incredible Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels film Dumb and Dumber came later. I became quite fascinated with comedy, and I wanted to try to make people laugh in the way those iconic films did. Thank you greatly for reading comedic fiction and showing that there is still a place out there for it.

I would like you to all welcome Daren Doucet to my blog today. He is the author of a funny series, The Supermarket Guy.


Tell us something about yourself that is not in your author bio.

I love watching poker from time to time. A great game of bluff, skill, and luck.

Do you have a specific place you like to write/music you listen to, etc?

While being a passenger in a motor vehicle. Driving while watching the scenery, at 60 miles an hour does open the subconscious quite a bit. I believe you need to direct your writing skills to an event that can open up closed channels in the mind.

Do you have any authors that have influenced your writing?

Maybe John Hughes. I find his writing to be in the field of a sort of believable sort of comedy genre, which sometimes I do follow.

When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?

When I had my classmates laughing in stitches, from reading small essays, I felt I should give the writing gig a try.

How do you come by your ideas?

My parents have that sort of quick slap humor, when they try to get at each others ‘goats’, so to speak. Sometimes it just comes by accident, just by watching the normal routines of the day transpiring.

img001Dominium1 What made you decide to write in your current genre?

Didn’t realize that the humor genre is perhaps, the most unpopular genre, out there in fiction writing. I may have changed into writing a humorous story on vampires fighting a pandemic gum disease contagion, when all of a sudden the denture model makers are disappearing all over the planet.

Getting back to the question, while walking through the supermarket, I realized allot of fun things could happen here. The markets are so massive, and foreboding these days. You can really get lost in them. And, the ideas continued to flow for 3 parts, so far. But the books did evolve away from the market somewhat, into real life aspects that were added the storyline.

Have you ever started writing something and then scrapped it?

I had written a piece of non fiction, but decided to try the humor side of things. An espionage sort of novel. It just seemed more appealing to try humor at the time.

Tell us about your current release/or new release?

The Supermarket Guy 3: Supermarket Dominium, is a humorous look at two great, near godlike in their own minds, competitive supermarket moguls, one of whom is ready to utilize any means at achieving world domination and destruction.

What made you decide to write about this particular subject?

It followed the other two books in the series, which was building up to this point from the last two books. Also, that science has come so far, we always must think in the back of our minds- Can this really happen? I think as citizens, we have to always ask if science is directed in the wrong way, could it someday unleash something that is irreversible, possibly damaging, to the environment? Even if it is only a humor book, the main focus is there.

Are you currently working on a new project? If so can you tell us what it will be about?

“The Supermarket Guy 4”, and it will be another challenge for the protagonist to try to avoid another event that will threaten the world’s security. I want to thank you very much for this interview, and for your great work that makes this a super blog!


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