Conewago Township author David R. Duggin is tackling his writing bit by bit. With a 75-mile commute to and from Virginia each day and a family of four to come home to each night, Duggin writes when he can.
He’s adopted a system of publishing “episodes,” chunks of 20 to 30 pages that, in the end, will come together to create a series of five novels titled “The Man From Atlantis.” His first episode was released as an e-book through Amazon.com on Nov. 22. The second became available Dec. 21, and the third is slated for Feb. 1. [Update: Episode III is free for Kindle users Feb. 1, 2013 through Feb. 3, 2013.]
“Twenty to 30 pages at a time seems to work,” Duggin said. “It keeps me focused and on a schedule.”
His story focuses on a journey of a young man, starting in Spring Grove and following the eastern coastline before crossing the U.S. and ending in California. The idea, Duggin said, came from the idea of a young man looking down a road.
“Why is he looking down the road?” Duggin said. “What is down the road? What is around him?”
As Duggin writes the episodes where the protagonist travels across the country, he plans to follow along himself and write as he travels. His trip is slated for late spring of 2013 — “if I can write that fast,” he said.
So far, feedback on his writing — and his method of publishing — has been positive, Duggin said.
“The only part that’s really been critical is not enough pages are pumped out,” he said. “(But) I feel that a serial release is akin to a television series — good for suspense and creating traction.”
Name: David R. Duggin
Lives in: Conewago Township, Adams County
Family: Wife, three children, two dogs
Occupation: IT consultant
Hobbies: Writing, computer systems