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The author horsing around with Riley (aka Fuzzy Bear). Next to a golden retriever, a horse is a man's best 4-legged friend.

I am a gentleman rancher, paramedic, firefighter, and retired technologist who fills his spare time writing fiction.

Doug Carlyle resides between "centrally isolated" Tarpley, Texas, and Utopia on his Domarja Mesa Ranch. A 1977 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Electrical Engineering, he began a successful career with Motorola-Austin, was a member of the start-up team at VLSI Technology in San Antonio, and then involved with test operations and business process improvement at Philips (after they bought VLSI). He left the semiconductor industry after 26 glorious years to pursue other interests, one of which is writing fiction.

Having grown up with a burning desire to be a firefighter, he found his way there by volunteering his time starting in 1981 to the fire service, then later EMS services. Now a member of the Tarpley VFD, he is a former member of the suburban Austin region’s Oak Hill VFD (now Travis County, Texas ESD #3), and the Westlake VFD (Travis County, Texas ESD #9).

He began his foray into pre-hospital medicine in 1982 as an ECA, then becoming an EMT-Basic in 1986, and EMT-Intermediate in 1998, and a paramedic in 2004 with certifications as a Licensed Paramedic and EMS Instructor with the Texas Department of State Health Services, and EMT-P with National Registry of EMTs. He currently works or volunteers as a paramedic for several 911 EMS services to discharge his medical ministry. 

Extensive business travel and dead time at the firehouse gave him opportunities to begin jotting down thoughts and memories. Sorely missing the adventure of international travel to Asia and Europe, many of these notes took on an exotic, international flare. He began integrating a medical concept in keeping with his second career. After moving to the beautiful Texas Hill Country, a western/cowboy theme was added. Before long, the beginnings of his first novel, Boundaries, began to take shape. Then, in the summer of 2006, Doug experienced Dippin’ Dots for the first time at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo, and that was the catalyst for completing the book in the summer of 2008. You’ll have to read it to find out why! 

He published his debut novel, In Search of the Fuller Brush Man, in December of 2010, his second, Vinegarone, in October of 2012, and Boundaries, the novel that started it all, in September of 2013.

In 2014, Doug launched his Cat Kavanagh Mystery Series.

Doug lives with his lovely wife and a lot of critters on the ranch. Three grown daughters live here, there, and yon.


FAVS:  The Following Continue to Influence My Life and My Writing... 
            (not in any particular order)

  • Helping a stranger in distress.
  • Great neighbors and friends.
  • Turner Classic Movies - If it's Black & White, it has to be good!
  • 007 movies & martinis, shaken, not stirred.
  • All Bourne movies.
  • The movies Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight.
  • Music by Christina Stürmer and Hilary Stagg.
  • Business Class and First Class airline travel.
  • International travel (see below).
  • Travel by rail.
  • Conde Nast Traveler Magazine.
  • Salzburg & Schloss Mönchstein.
  • National Geographic Magazine.
  • Books by the late Elmer Kelton.
  • Homes built prior to 1955.
  • Farm houses and barns.
  • Antique stores.
  • Horses, Golden Retrievers, and Whitetail Deer.
  • Chevy Pick-up Trucks.
  • Christmas and Thanksgiving.
  • Winter, snow, and a wood-burning fireplace.
  • V. Sattui wine...especially with Amsterdam Cheese.
  • Laphroiag Single Malt Whiskey when it's cold.
  • Perdomo Reserve 10-year Anniversary Cigar, Connecticut Champagne Blend.
  • Cold, bottled beer or margaritas when it's hot.
  • Our ranch.
  • Raising three daughters.
  • Girls volleyball.
  • Rodeo.
  • Sophia's pics.
  • Real sports - rugby, soccer, hockey.
  • Chief Illiniwek - may he live forever.
  • Illinois - especially Champaign-Urbana, Mattoon, Charleston, Monticello, and Greater Chicago.
  • Holland, Michigan.
  • The Texas Hill Country.
  • Williams Creek Depot.
  • Mac and Ernie's Roadside Eatery.
  • The Laurel Tree.
  • Christmas Abbott.

          ...and of course, all of my author friends.



I have been truly lucky to have experienced so many parts of the United States and other countries during my travels. I am not trying to sound pretentious. Exposure to different parts of the USA and other countries has helped me see life from very different perspectives and to open my mind to other possibilities. There are treasures in every culture and behind every face. The complete list is too long so I will have to mention only the highlights.

While each destination has presented its own qualities, without a doubt it is all the people I have met who have made visits to these cities, states, islands, and countries a true experience. None of the wonderful people I have encountered during my travels have made me feel unwelcome as an American, though at times I was very self-conscious. The source of my anxiety came from me.

North America:
San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, New York City, Ft. Bragg & vicinity, Napa Valley, Silicon Valley, Yosemite, Lake Michigan, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, British Columbia, all of the Texas Hill Country, Zip 78209, every state except AK and the itty bitty ones back east, and Kauai & Oahu (not North America, but I had to mention them here).

Japan—Aizu Wakamatsu, Sendai, Koriyama, Osaka, Tokyo; Thailand; Taiwan; Singapore; the Philippines; Malaysia; Hong Kong

The Netherlands—Amsterdam, Eindoven, Nijmegen, Bergen aan Zee; France—Paris, Toulouse, Arromanches-les-Bains and the Normandy Coast, Caen; Germany—Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Würzburg, Böblingen, Stuttgart, Münster, Hamburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Oberammergau; Austria—Salzburg, Werfen, Fiss; Switzerland—Chur, Schaffhausen, Grindelwald, Interlaken, Solothurn, Murten, Thun, Neuchâtel; UK—London, East Kilbride.