MC DOMOVITCH AUTHOR INTERVIEW
When did you know writing was for you?
I honestly think I was born knowing. My mother read me stories when I was a child and I was fascinated by the characters and their make-believe world. In grade school, it wasn’t long until my teachers commented on my ability to write. My stories were often read out loud to the class. Then, when I started high school, I knew writing was what I wanted to do. But, like many, I lacked the confidence. I suffered from a serious case of the, who do I think I am? So, I settled. It wasn’t until I reached my fifties that I went for it.
Why was Scar Tissue a book you wanted to write?
I liked the idea of creating a character whose livelihood depended on her appearance and then having her scarred. I wanted a heroine who would roll with the punches and come out fighting.
Can you tell us who created the cover and how much input you had?
I use the same artist for all my books. Her name is Darlene Dion, and she has a knack for interpreting my vision and improving on it until we have something great. For Scar Tissue, I envisioned shattered glass on the cover, to represent Ciara’s shattered beauty. But that alone would have been boring, so I thought of adding an eye. I am thrilled with the result. For the next book in the series, Seeing Evil, I’m following the same formula and using the same eye, but this time we see her looking through a keyhole. I love it. I hope all my readers love it too.
What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
The editing process by far. I self-published this novel, but I had it professionally edited, yet I still managed to upload the wrong file when I first published it for Kindle. The result was a novel with edit lines marked throughout the story. I was shattered when I found out. I immediately changed it, and luckily, those who read it with the original file, still left me positive feedback. Still, so frustrating. There is no question that being a one woman show can be gruelling. Live and learn.
What are your favorite genres to read?
I generally prefer suspense and thrillers, but I can also appreciate literature. Last year I read All the Light we Can Not See and loved it. I would call that novel literature, yet it is suspenseful. Having said that, I don’t enjoy traditional literature that is all introspection and no action. Give me some action.
What do you want readers to take away from your story?
I would love my readers to remember one thing, that we are all stronger than we think. I like the old saying, a woman is like a teabag. She won’t know how strong she is until she’s in hot water. I’d also like my readers to feel that Ciara Kelly is a great character and that they tune in come November 22nd for the release of the next Mindsight novel, Seeing Evil.
How important do you think social media is for authors these days?
Social Media replaces the old authors’ book tours, and is extremely important. I love interacting with my readers. I hear from them all the time, not so much on Twitter, since I’m rarely on it. But I am on Facebook and also on Pinterest and I am very active there.
What would be your advice to aspiring writers?
Write. Keep your bottom on that chair and write. I’ve been blessed to have a wonderful life, but if I had to do it over again, I’d start writing much, much sooner. Don’t be intimidated. Write your stories, make them as perfect as you can and you will get better and better. I once heard that a person doesn’t get really good at anything until they have spent then thousand hours doing it. So start writing now.
ABOUT SCAR TISSUE
When successful model Ciara Kelly wakes up in hospital, remembering nothing of the weeks she has been missing, her only clues are the ugly words carved into her skin. According to the police she was a victim of the Cutter, a serial killer who has already murdered three women. For her protection the police and her doctors give a press conference, announcing that because her amnesia is organically caused, her memory loss is permanent. But, whether her memory returns or not is anybody’s guess.
Overnight, Ciara’s glamorous life is gone. Her scars have killed both her modelling career and her relationship with her rich boyfriend. With nothing to keep her in New York, she returns to her home town of Seattle, moves in with her sister and goes about building a new life. But when her sister lets it slip that Ciara’s memory is returning, the killer comes after her again. If Ciara is to stay alive, she must keep one step ahead of the Cutter.
Monique Domovitch lives with her physician husband and their two dogs. They divide their time between their farm on the west coast, their home in Toronto and the Florida Keys. She started writing later in life, after retiring from her television career, “proving that one is never too late to follow one’s dreams,” as she points out. When she is not writing or traveling, she is an avid redecorator. Which might explain why we move so much,” she says, laughing. “Once a house has been re and re-done, it’s time to move on.” Monique is working on her ninth book, a sequel to Scar Tissue, tentatively titled Seeing Evil.
Visit my website at http://www.MoniqueDomovitch.com