Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Hi, Fiona. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this interview with me. You’re AWESOME!
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hi everyone. My name is Dawné Dominique, and I write in the genre of paranormal. I’m also D. Thomas Jerlo, who writes speculative fiction and classic epic fantasy. As per my age, suffice it to say I’m old enough to know better, but young enough to keep doing it. *winks*
Fiona: Where are you from?
The center of Canada where our wintersbring-40 wind chills.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
A lot of people don’t know that I have a twin sister who is 45 minutes older than I am (that’s why Mom likes her best). I was born on an army base inOntario,which was known back then as Alison Simcoe Co., (sounds a lot like a baby factory, doesn’t it?). I had an older brother, whom I recently lost, *sobs*. Then there’s my twin sister, and my baby brother, who is mentally handicapped. He has taught me so much about life and how to live it to its fullest. That’s where I get all my patience from. I have been blessed to have him as my brother. I’ve lived in Canada all my life. Moved in with my husband when I was seventeen and we’ve been together ever since. We have a beautiful daughter, a handsome son-in-law and a 14 year old granddaughter
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I think a lot of people will recognize my name as a professional cover artist, so recent news in the art department isthat I’ve branched out with my own line of adult coloring books and tarot cards. In writing news, I just released a classic epic fantasy novel called Dark Prisoner: The Kruthos Key. I’m currently editing book 2, Dark Prisoner: Ebbing of Tide. I’m also in the process of revamping my paranormal series called The First Series, and hope to re-release those in 2018. The key word here is “hope”. I just need more hours in a day. *sigh* The series is about how and why the first vampires and werewolves came to be by incorporating true biblical fact and fiction together.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I work in the legal field and the stress of my old job was getting really bad. I’d written stories all my life, and I write to alleviate stress, but I never finished one novel until I joined a writing site and received the encouragement to do so. Then a publisher approached me to become part of an anthology. The rest is history.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I resigned from my full-time legal position to pursue my dream of becoming a published author. I knew I was taking a huge risk, but my husband supported me every step of the way. It took me 1.5 years before I became published. If I died tomorrow, I’d die happy and content knowingI had the opportunity to pursue my dream.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Ijoined a writing site and had other writers read and critique my work. My favorite genre to write back then was fantasy. I managed to finish an EPIC fantasy that came out at approximately 200k. It was so large I had to split the book into two. Dark Prisoner: The Kruthos Key, which I just released is book one of that labor of love.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
When I wrote the first chapter, it was initially about Isafel, a demon minion to Belthazar, Lord of Shadow. Both were prisoners, but Isafel escapes to search for the Kruthos Key to set his master free. Thus, the title.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I write how I feel, but I will confess that several readers have compared my paranormal series to Anne Rice, which is the biggest compliment I’ve ever received, but my writing style is my own. It took me years to find my voice (as most writers will attest to). As a writer, I don’t sugarcoat—no purple prose for this gal.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My daughter swears that one of my characters is her father. Although she was icked right out reading the bedroom scenes. I don’t intend to write about anyone I know, but a little bit must slip into every author’s writing. I did use the last name of one of my dearest friend’s as a character in my other fantasy novel The Tears of San’Ferath because it’s such a unique name.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I’ve never traveled, but I do extensive research. If I’m writing about Ireland and my characters are traveling through the city of Dublin, I have to get streets and neighborhoods right. Being in the legal profession, research comes naturally to me, and I thoroughly enjoy doing it. What’s that saying? Learn something new every day? *chuckles*That’s what research is to me.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
That would be me. I’m alsoDusktilDawn Designs.Being in the publishing business for over seventeen years, I tend to wear many hats.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
People aren’tperfect and that’s what makes them human. In my novels there is always good battling evil, and sometimes good doesn’t always win, but I leave my readers with hope.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I’ve recently read StuartThaman’sBlood and Ash. Quite a different take in the blending of fantasy, paranormal and horror. Sheri Fredricks is another author I absolutely adore. She blends humor and eloquence in all her writing. Gritty, sexy and exceptional writing comes from NatazsaWaters and Ashley Gillis. I could keep going with names, but there’s not enough space.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I can’t say just one. There’s two very close friends: Cheryl Fiebelkorn (this is the last name I mentioned above); and Colleen Comeau. They have been to every book signing I’ve hosted and have purchased every one of my books. They also promote me to their friends and have always, always supported me. I’m blessed to have them in my life.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. Everything I do that constitutes fifteen hours a day is definitely a career, but that time is also divided between writing and creating cover art.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not really. I wrote that novel years ago and revised it more than a dozen times both personally and professionally. It’s about as done as it could get.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I find writing any book a learning curve. And I believe that every book an author’s writes, their voice becomes louder and stronger.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Mila Kunis (with dark auburn hair). My main character (Suna Di’Viao) is beautiful and strong-willed. I think Mila would be perfect for the role.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
If you’re becoming a writer just to get famous, rethink your decision. It takes years and the stars all have to be in the right alignment. Also, grow thicker skin. You’ll need it. Not everyone is going to like what you write, but write because you love doing so. Publishing is a finicky business. One day you’re up, the other down. Be prepared for those “down” days.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
A huge thank you to all of them for taking the time to read my books.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Just finished Blood and Ash (The Chronicles of Estria Book 1) by Stuart Thaman, and currently Royalty by Laura Ranger
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Absolutely. The Adventures of Pippy Longstocking (I kid you not). I LOVED that girl!
Fiona: that makes you laugh/cry?
Happiness, but to be truthful, I don’t like crying. I was brought up that crying makes you weak. It takes a lot for me to cry, but when I do I make up for all times I haven’t.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Being a Canadian, I know this may sound strange, but Abraham Lincoln has always fascinated me. In his short years as President, he accomplished so much. We need more men like him in the White House.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Creating cover art and making Christmas ornaments. When my husband and I moved in together, we didn’t have a lot. We had no Christmas ornaments to put on a tree a friend’s father purchased for us, so I made little pillows and ironed on these patches I’d found in an old “Good Housekeeping” magazine. There were only twelve of them, so each year thereafter I made something to add to our tree. When our daughter was born two years later, I had her on my lap when I created these tiny felt stockings. My daughterbecame integral in the ornament making every year. Putting up our tree is nostalgic because of all the decorations “she” made. Because money was quite tight back them, I gave away sets of these ornaments to friends and family as gifts. They became so popular that I continued to do so (by popular demand). It’s been 36 years and the total of ornaments I have to make each year is now up to approximately 100.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Hubby and I have just gotten into Ray Donovan. OMG! I love their Southie accents. We have our favorites, of course, like Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful (miss that series); Midnight, Texas, Preacher, and American Gods.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Foods: Pizza (actually anything Italian)
Music: Classic Rock and Blues
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
What I do now three days a week: paralegal.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
“Everything in life happens for a reason, be it good or bad, and because of this she never took anything for granted.”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I’ve just started a Newsletter, which I will be sending out every two months. If anyone would like to be added to it, please email me at: mdcjerlo(at)met(dot).net
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