Monday, 23 November 2009
An Interview With Dawné Dominique--By Kurt Chambers
It is a great pleasure to introduce a fantastic author and a very close personel friend of mine, Dawné Dominique. I first met Dawné many years ago in The YA Novel Workshop when Frankie persuaded her to do a port raid in there. She liked it so much, she decided to stay, and is now the official moderator of the forum along with Ralene. She took me under her wing and nurtured me through many hard times. Let me tell you, this lady is a real life angel as well as a fantastic author. Dawné is not only a published author, but she is also an editor and illustrator for two publishing companys. She created the book cover for my Truth Teller series, and I must say, I nearly died with delight when she sent it to me.
Dawné's newest novel, Eden's Hell, is now available to buy from here (Buy here) and please visit her blog site with all her latest news, including her first ever book signing. (Dawné's blog)
Okay, let's meet the author herself, Dawné Dominique...
Me: Hi Dawné. Let me kick this off with something easy. It's a question you're probably going to be asked like a million times, so you can practice on us. What actually inspired you to become an author in the first place?
Dawné: Hi, Kurt. Thanks for having me here. *waves*
To be honest, I didn’t aspire to be an author-author per se. I wrote because I felt a need to do so. If someone read and liked what I wrote, that was a bonus. Then real life kicked in, and I put my passion to the wayside to start a career and raise a family. It wasn’t until extreme stress of a job brought out the urge for me to begin writing again. I joined a collaborative writing forum wherein one author starts a story then another author jumps in and adds to it, etc. Well, I discovered then that the voices in my head could be a good thing. *grins* Then I discovered this wonderful writing forum called Writing.com and began truly writing again. I was beginning to feel almost normal. I’d come home at night and escape into the worlds that I had created, that I could control. I was such a mess back then, but when I wrote, I felt like I actually had some power in my life. After penning, and finishing, a 150k+ fantasy novel, from there I didn’t look back. Mind you, a year after joining Writing.com, I resigned from paralegal position and began writing fulltime.
Me: What would you say to us lesser people who are still waiting for that magical 'big break' that would inspire us to continue?
Dawné: I never, ever would consider an unpublished author “lesser people”. I was unpublished not that long ago, and it doesn’t make anyone else any less talented. Getting yourself published means Never Giving Up on Yourself. Screw the rejections. Yes, they hurt, but lick your wounds, brush yourself off and re-read the manuscript again. Where can it be improved? What can you change and edit? My advice to a novice author…join a writing forum, get feedback on your writing, and learn all you can. More importantly…Never Give Up!
Me: Can you describe how you felt when you first received your first publishing contract, and what did you do? I already know the answer to this as I remember it like it was yesterday ...lol... but I would like to hear it from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.
Dawné: In one word—stunned. It was so surreal, Kurt, as you know! I had submitted the first novel of my vampire series to this one publisher, and a contemporary western romance novella to another. I was offered the western contract first and then not even a week later, a contract was offered for my paranormal. However morbid this may sound, but I knew then that if I were to suddenly die, I’d go content, knowing I had fulfilled my greatest dream.
Me: Let’s hear a little about you. How would you describe yourself as a person?
Dawné: Wow. I’ve never been asked that before. I consider myself a gentle soul, very creative (I have multiple projects on the go ALWAYS) and I’m also a moon child. It’s why I HAVE TO write during the week of a full moon.
Me: What about the place where you write? Have you got a special place you can call your own where you create your wonderful stories?
Dawné: Well, this will blow everyone’s perception of me from the answer above, but I call it “my dungeon”. LoL We have a finished basement, and it’s where my office is located. I call it my dungeon because I sometimes feel shackled to my computer. There are some days I spend a minimum of 12 hours in front of the computer screen, but this also my own doing, however. My days can be filled with several cover art assignments that need completing or an author’d manuscript that need editing, and I could go to bed much earlier, but I choose not to in order to write or edit my own work. I make the sacrifice for my writing.
Me: What are your goals in life now that you've actually been published?
Dawné: I take one day at a time, and really, other than winning the lottery, I’m pretty damn content. *shrugs* I’m just a simple gal.
Me: Now, I know you have had your first book signing recently, can you tell us a little about that?
Dawné: First off, I don’t like being center of attention…AT ALL! That’s always been my twin sister’s thingy, so this was extremely tough and frightening. But I wasn’t alone. I had a dear author friend of mine visiting me from Arizona. The book-signing event was unbelievable. Coles Books was so impressed by the turnout, and the fun everyone had that they were writing to me to ask when I was going to be in next! My Mom was so proud. She had tears in her eyes as she held my book and whispered, “Your dad would be so proud of you.” : )
Me: What is your biggest fear?
Dawné: Someone reading one of my novels, hating it, and tearing it apart. Believe me, I’ve had it done, but I have to remember that it’s one person’s opinion. It’s difficult to shake off a bad review.
Me: If you could make one wish, what would it be? And you're not allowed to wish for unlimited wishes ...lol...
Dawné: I’m going to sound like John Lennon, but…I’d wish for world peace. I know it’ll never be a reality, but it’s a wish, right? The wars and strife of today…yikes! Our children and grandchildren are growing up into a world that scares the bejesus out of me.
Me: You're about to be stranded on a desert island and you have just enough time to grab five books from the ship’s library. What five would you chose?
Dawné: Whoaaaaa. Now that is a toughie. Hmmm... Thomas Covenant, White Gold Wielder series
The Elfstones of Shanara
Lord of the Rings…
Anne Rice’s vampires and Mayfair witches…
Oh, to hell with it. I’ve already drowned. : )
Me: Now, finally, it's your chance to tell us all about your wonderful book Eden's Hell. Please tell us about your story, and what inspired you to write it.
Dawné: Have you ever wondered how and why vampires came to be, or where the story originated from—before Bram’s Stoker’s Dracula? I go to the beginning of time with a unique twist on the biblical tale of Adam and Lillith, Adam’s first wife—before Eve.
The inspiration came many years ago, after I had learned that Adam had had another wife. Research was interesting because some religions recognize Lillith, while others (like mine) don’t. This churned an idea for a possible novel, and I ran with it. All religions encompass blood in some way; either it’s mentioned, it’s honored through sacrifices, or it’s shed in their god’s name. I took it a step further and presented a plausible reason as to why nocturnals, The First vampires, came into existence.
Addison Eden, the main character, hates what he is, but he’s addicted to feeling alive, and this happens only after he’s fed. It’s the only time he truly feels like he belongs in the world. His hunger is a compelling need, and it’s the driving force that keeps him around. When he discovers a mortal woman, Eva, running for her life on his stretch of private beach, he does something he’s never done before. He rescues her.
In three days, their worlds, and that of the Vampire Creed’s, is forever altered.
Bitten by Books had this to say about Eden’s Hell:
Eden’s Hell by Dawne Dominique was in one word: marvelous! This book had so many twists and turns that it kept you guessing. The storyline was so unique. Eden’s Hell had just the right amount of sexual tension, mystery and drama. According (to) the last page, this is only the beginning to a wonderful series.
Me: I can't thank you enough for giving me the honour of interviewing you. This was my first ever interview and I couldn't think of a more awesome person in the whole world to practice on :)
Dawné: Thank you so much for having me. These interview questions were amazing!
Hugs and love,