How did you get started writing? I started writing out of frustration. I was in college and totally hooked on daytime soaps, and every time I got attached to a character or a super-couple, one of the actors would leave or the writers would decide to “go a different way”. The result…death, divorce, or a damaged character. I got into writing fan-fiction to “fix” some of the mess that Daytime writers did to my favorite heroes, heroines and couples.
Do you write every day? I try to yes, I find this is the best way to keep ideas fresh in my mind, and to stay sharp and to keep my writing style consistent.
What do you think is hardest aspect of writing a book? Pre-writing, research, and preparation. I do a plot summary, an outline, timeline of events, and in some cases, scene notes that I have collected along the way. This takes time, organization and a lot of work.
What books do you currently have published? ‘Dominic’s Nemesis’, my first publication. ‘When Lucifer Met Calamity’ will be my second…though, its unrelated.
Is writing your dream job? Not in the way that you mean. I love writing and being creative, but my attention span will never permit me to do just one thing for the rest of my life no matter how much I love it. Burnout. I prefer to split my time doing 2-3 things that I really like…and writing is one of them.
Do you have any marketing tips you could pass on to indie authors? Don’t make your book free. I think this is a bad trend that de-values writing, books, and authors. A better, more effective option (in my humble opinion) is to do a small giveaway of a set number of copies (1 to 5) and to use this to increase awareness, recognition and interest in reading the book. The readers who enter the giveaway should be required to give an e-mail, or like your FB page or something and write a review or something. Nothing is free and certainly not a book which requires months of time and effort to write. Making it a free download for any and everybody, is just selling your self short.
If you could only watch one television station for a year, what would it be? I don’t watch TV very often, so likely none.
How often do you tweet? Never, I don’t even have a Twitter account.
How do you feel about Facebook? Love it!
What’s one THING you never leave the house without (besides your phone). Earrings in my ears. I hate a naked lobe.
What do you love about where you live? The mild winters! I hate being cold. I hate cold weather. I hate winter colors. You get the picture.
What’s your favorite treat for movie night? Caramel popcorn
What’s your favorite fast food? I don’t eat fast food.
What’s your favorite beverage? It’s a toss up between ginger ale and hot chocolate.
What is one of your happiest moments? When I finally finished with school…for good. *Happy Dance*
What do you like to do when there’s nothing to do? Read/Write/watch movie…not TV, a movie.
Do you give your characters any of your bad traits? They have some of my traits…I’m not sure I would classify them as bad traits, just quirks of mine.
Have you ever killed off a character fictionally, as revenge for something someone did in real life? Eh, no.
What’s your favorite/most visited Internet site? Internet Movie Database, love it…visit everyday.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to write? Why? Essays for college and grad school applications. *ugh* I didn’t like the topics most of them force me to write. They just seemed so phony.
How do you like your pizza? On a wheat crust, with only veggie toppings, & made by a real pizzeria. I don’t do fast food pizza.
What’s your favorite color? It’s a toss up between purple and red.
What’s your biggest pet peeve about writing? First person narrative. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I don’t like it unless its done right. I’ve found that very few books really benefit from this point of view. I, myself, would never write in first person. I just can’t give up the versatility of third-person omniscient.
What is your favorite movie? It’s a toss up between ‘Dead Again’ and ‘LA Confidential’. They never get old.
Do you have a favorite book? *Sigh* I could be here all day answering this question.
What are you working on now? The sequel to Dominic’s Nemesis, which will be book 2 in The Ambrosi Legacy Series.
D. Alyce Domain