top of page
Doug Self Photo_edited.jpg


I'm Doug Dowell, and I'm thrilled to be a new author with Tilting At Windmills Press. I have had many careers in my life, but the best one is as a father to Alexander, for whom I wrote the soon to be released, Bucephalus.

My Story

Doug Dowell was born at his parent's home and the small town of Melbourne, Harrison County, Missouri, on November 1, 1937. The middle son of a "Band" of five devoted brothers. Today, April 24, 2024, he resides and Overland Park, Kansas with his wife of 49 years – Norma-Ann (Thomas) Dowell, a native of Toronto, Canada.


Doug graduated from Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri in May 1955 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at age 17 on July 5, 1955. During his four-year enlistment, Doug monitored Russian military communications from a listening post in Japan. Prime communications intercepted included ground-to-ground radio voice intercepts during the launch of the first unmanned Sputnik in October 1957. Doug is a retired Attorney, real estate broker, and movie actor/producer. He graduated from Donnelly Junior College in 1961 and from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri in 1963 with a BA in history and earned a Juris Doctor degree from UMKC Law School in 1970.


He practiced law for 15 years and began acting in movies in 1987 in Cross of Fire, a four-hour TV miniseries. Doug was awarded a Best Actor Golden Statue for his role as the grandfather of The Leading Actress in the feature film Normandy is My Name (International Independent Film Festival). Doug has had roles in two dozen plus Hollywood and independent films. He has co-produced several films.


Doug wrote Bucephalus during a Christmas break in 1984. He wrote the book for his four-year-old son, Alexander Norman Dowell, to give him a sense of history (Alexander‘s maternal grandfather, Norman Thomas, was a native of Macedonia). This epic story was conceived and written to be read aloud to primary-age children and to challenge and inform readers of all ages. Bucephalus was adapted from Plutarch's The Life of Alexander The Great.


I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.

bottom of page