ByDouglas H Youngs, writer at
I have 2 jobs- published author because it is my greatest love in life and leader of the Regulators because there is no better job.
Douglas H Youngs

This is the very unorthodox approach to a review of the two book comic book hero based novel, The Regulators: Hell On Earth, Parts One & Two, written by Douglas H Youngs, that by all rights should be adapted to the big screen, and in the next two or three years. The review is in the form of an interview, Moviepilot contributor Doug Youngs interviewing author Douglas H Youngs about the books and getting to the movies someday!

Doug Youngs: “Welcome to Moviepilot Mr. Youngs. So, you have written this book and you published it back in April. Can you tell us a little bit about that?”

Douglas H Youngs: “Yeah, I self-published through Create Space Publishing, which is actually It was my first time in publication after twenty-five years of trying with several other book ideas. The unfortunate thing, well one of several actually, is that I wasn't paying attention to the date and my book was published on April 1st, or April Fools Day and I think that particular day was the wrong day in terms of credibility. Its like you tell people you have a book and when it came out and they laugh at the joke you didn't tell like you just did.”
“The book is called The Regulators: Hell On Earth and it was 871 pages long when I finished and the publisher had a page limitation so I had to go back and split the story into two books and the next unfortunate is I now realize I should have published only one book and held the second book back for release at a later date. That would have eliminated the long wait for he next Regulators story to be released, which depends a lot on how fast I write it. Then unfortunate number three, I was so excited at the time and wanted the release right now that I didn't take the time to seek out professional editing by someone qualified to put a shine on what I wrote.”

Doug Youngs: “Did not having the book edited actually affect the performance of the book in terms of sales, do you think?”

Douglas H Youngs: “Yeah, I really do. I've been told that Regulators is a very good story, but with editing it could be great, and this was from a writer named Scott Ruherford who has been a staff writer for an online news magazine for a long time. I think you take a hit when people looking for something to read look at your sample chapter and see that there are some errors that slipped by and they don't see perfection. You can have a great story and have it read badly because the reader stumbles on these errors. You have to be able to make peole fall in love with the finished project and stumblimng hinders that.”

Doug Youngs: “So, does that mean that you are not selling a million copies because people are not connecting with your story?”

Douglas H Youngs: “That would be a definite No. I haven't met a single reader who has given the book a look that didn't love the story, not one. I have only had a few people who actually conmmeted on the errors and what the numbers indicate is that a majority of the people who have read the book danced right over the errors en route to the conclusion of the story and felt good about reading the it. It is a good solid, exciting story loaded with action, some suspense, a bit of saddness and a lot more humor, and some characters you can't help but fall in love with. The real problem is with promoting the book, which has been problematic because of the finances necessary to push a book, and the idea of pushing something you intend to have edited and then re-launch with a lot of hoopla to grab the attention of those people that can turn an inconspicuous story into a best seller. Why promote something that isn't ready to sell, right?”

Doug Youngs: “Okay, then what you are saying is you intend to fix the little things that have been the difference between, as you say, an inconspicuous story and something that could sell a million copies, and then unleash the novel with a lot of fireworks and fanfare advertising aimed at drawing an enormous crowd that can't resist an exploratory of the Regulators world. Is that about it?”

Douglas H Youngs: “Yeah, that is one way of putting it. Actually, I couldn't have said it better myself.”

Doug Youngs: “What exactly does a re-launch entail? What do you do to get people to go out and buy a copy of a book from a first time author who has self-published his or her book?”

Douglas H Youngs: “Being a first time author, and one that has self-published is an enormous hurdle to clear and getting noticed is no easy thing for that reason.You have to have reviews, and ideally you want reviews by the big five: The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the LA Times and USA Today. Getting all five isn't realistic, and at least one, The New Your Times, does not review books that have been self-published. Is it impossible to get a review from the New York Times, no, and it has been done. The number of people who read that paper around the world make it well worth the effort to try and get their review. Realistically though, getting any two of the big five to review your novel is reason to celebrate.”
“Something else you want to have happen is you hit a large number of newspapers and online news sources with a press release that is dynamic and generates excitement and in terms of numbers you want the attention of 200 hundred papers in print, and among those you want all or at least a portion of the big five. Then you need to have reviews by actual readers, and not a few, but rather a very large number. Three readers with 5 stars is nice, maybe cute, but a hundred or more people leaving four or five star reviews is going to grab people and pull them in. That is not an easy thing to accomplish but it is doable if you work hard enough at it.”
”Another idea we have is the video invitation. By invitation I am talking about a video about 30 minutes to an hour in length that lays out how the story was created, where the characters came from and takes the viewers to various locations around the state of Nebraska, which is the setting for the vast majority of the story. The story is a bit on the dark side and for those people who are not sure this is the book for them, the video will make the characters look like real people who are funny, serious, have real problems and in spite of what they do when they don the costumes, are very loveable. People don;t see that when they read that the heroes are extreme and violence is a dominant element in the story, and the book's cover doesn't reflect a Disney-esque theme either.”

The author, his book Part One, and Regulators personalities
The author, his book Part One, and Regulators personalities

Doug Youngs: “You said the characters are extreme in what they do when they costume up. What is it exactly that these people do? Who are The Regulators?”

Douglas H Youngs: “Lest go at it like this – The story opens with the release by a judge of a sexual predator who has abducted, tortured and killed a child in a horrific manner because the predator has had his rights violated. The freed felon goes home with his wife, has dinner, and then while she watches the news he takes a walk into the night and gets the urge to hunt another child and finds instead a costumed nightmare who deals a violent and deadly response to what the predator has done and then disappears back into the night.”
“Violent criminals dying becomes a nightly event as nine uniquely gifted vigilantes take to the night one by one to frighten crime off the streets. Ordinary people welcome the activities of the vigilantes but in Washington DC, the President of the United States has a problem with super powered vigilantes killing people who have not seen the due process of law promised by the Cosntitution, and his thinking is driven by paranoia. The FBI is then charged with putting a stop to the activities of the vigilantes and the hunt begins.”
“In the background there is the heir to a large agricultural empire who discovers a terrible family secret and he goes from wealthy heir to frightening monster determined to bring the apocalypse down upon all mankind. He is a brutal, horrifically violent creature who hopes to feed on the unique energy the vigilantes possess while destroying every living thing on Earth. To stop the monster it takes powerful vigilantes who must deal with saving the world while at the same time fighting the government, and then, as I am fond of saying, sometimes heroes die. What you have with Regulators is a team of heroes who are not so different from the Avengers or the Justice League but for one thing, the older established super hero teams are a very tame example or version of twhat Regulators are.”

Doug Youngs: “Sounds like quite an adventure, without giving away too much. Is there any one moment in the story that really stood out to you while you were writing the book, a favorite moment?”

Douglas H Youngs: “While I was writing the story there is this one character, Lady Pyra, who controls, and can create fire and it was like Christmas Eve waiting for the the last chapter of the book so that the leader of the Regulators could finally give Pyra the order, “Light Em Up” when the Monster, whose name is Helloween Jack, sends his army of the damned on the march. That was exciting to me, and there is a moment later in the same chapter when the Regulator Lady Mysteria who controls magic conjures the spirits of George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry to meet Jack's army on the outskirts of a small town with a population of a few hundred.”
“The end was special too, when it comes down to one Regulators head to head with Jack in his lair for all the marbles. I picked the teams weather witch, Madame Orage to be that Regulators who decides the fate of all mankind because her personality is the most extreme and I would call her the smackdown Regulator.”
“Really though, there is this one part that happens in a little town called Swedeburg that is actually more like a village and there is a family there that Jack has targeted as the object of an act of retaliation against the Regulators for interfering in his plans. While I was writing this particular event it was late at night, there was a chill in he air and it was spooky, yeah and it was the first face to face meeting of Regulators with the monster. It was so spooky in fact that I kept looking over my shoulder and I couldn't stop typing until the enitre event was finished. It was a huge thrill having the chills run up and down my spine and that feeling that he was really out there. In passing on the street in an old 1950's panel truck he looks out the window at one of the youngest Regulators, Spectra, and she falls under the spell of absoluite fear and can not move and can barely speak. Then as the truck rolls on slowly the youngest Regulator, the one called Warhawk who is a walking arsenal stands in the street, draws an arrow to his bow and fires. It was intense, and then as Warhawk ran down the street toward the disabled truck after the arrow exploded and screamed at the monster to get out of the truck there was an extreme 180 twist in the plot, the story was close to a premature ending and then what was happening was something else and Jack played what amounts to a very safe hand of liars poker.”

Spectra and Warhawk in Battle Armor
Spectra and Warhawk in Battle Armor

Doug Youngs: “Okay now, let me ask you this, how do people react when they read the book?”

Douglas H Youngs: “The most recent comment came from someone I was visitng with and she told me very simply that she loves the book. Most comments focus on the characters, how they are developed in the two books, their personalities and how they interact with each other and how they deal with everyday life while the lives they are trapped in are anything but ordinary. It is a lengthy story but fast paced and there are no dull moments to get lost on. What Regulators do out of costumes borders on the ridiculous and that is how I think people really are. With death all around you, a world full of people in danger and another enemy hunting you, you either have some sort of release or you go mad. Regulators are survivors and no matter how horrible or what it takes Regulators do not quit or walk away no matter how much they hurt inside. The book reflects all of that, and then the action is intense. What more could you want from a story?”

Doug Youngs: “Is this a one time look at these characters, kind of the one hit wonder kind of thing? Are the Regulators done at the end of Hell On Earth?”

Douglas H Youngs: “The answer to that is sometime early next year, possibly as early as January I will release The Regulators II: Out Of Time, a lighter tale scattered all over the history of man, followed at the end of 2015 by The Regulators III: Out Of The Shadows, which will be a return to the darker kind of story that is Hell On Earth, and then who knows after that. I have some ideas.”

Doug Youngs: What about The Regulatiors on the big screen? Is there a movie to be made out there some day?”

Douglas H Youngs: “I would imagine that every author has dreams of his or her book being adapted to the big screen. I mean why wouldn't you want that thrill of seeing something you created up there bigger than life, drawing cheers, laughter, and a few boos from a big audience. Its like being welcomed in to a magical kingdom. It is no easy thing getting from novel to major film production though, but it happenes. Look at Harry Potter. But now have I had any contact with anyone about the possibility of someday seeing Regulators in a movie, how about maybe. Writing and joining the various literary organizations can get you contact with some of the right people to help you in the direction you want to go and yeah, I've met a few people and converting the book to screenplay has been kicked around. Regulators is the kind of action packed story that can do well on film and there is an interest in taking a shot at it and if getting it done was a process of opening doors I would have to say we are through the first door and moving up. But to get very far requires selling a book first because nobody makes a movie from a book that has no audience and an audience that may or may not be in the range of a millon people who have had their interest piqued isn't enough.”
“Big announcements come at Comic Con, and is there an announcement from a studio that could be interested in taking a shot there by 2016? I expect to be attending Comic Con with some of the people who contributed personalities for the Regulators vigilantes and we expect to show up in costume to give away a little free merchandise and talk about Regulators and at that point, what happens happens!”

The serious look!
The serious look!

Doug Youngs: “Sounds like a plan, good luck on the next 2 years. Sounds like the book has a lot of heart and the characters sound intriguing. Maybe we'll do this again when autumn falls on 2016!”


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