From there, the project began to take on a life of its own. The authors each began to develop their own story and would keep the others updated on how their story was developing and ways which it could be connected to the others.
"They sent me character descriptions and I distributed those back to the group," he said. "Then we all set down to writing and went back and forth."
Douglas said the process the getting six separate authors to work together toward a common goal was a relatively easy process, even if it meant occasionally getting out of the comfort zones.
"Writers are not big fans of sharing their first drafts, for example, but it was important for everyone to see what the others were working on," he said.
The result of their collective labor of love is a collection Douglas said he hoped readers would find both entertaining and educational.
"Obviously, the first goal is to have people entertained and wanting more at the end," he said. "Secondly, I hope West Virginians and people from outside the state gain a small appreciation of the history here along the river and how big of a role West Virginia played in the development of the United States."
"River Town" is now available on Amazon.com in print and for Kindle.
To learn more about the project, visit Douglas' blog: http://diveauthor.blogspot.com/.