Thursday, May 5, 2016

Interview with MC Domovitch, author of 'Scorpio's Kiss'

Monique Domovitch has had many careers, starting with being one of Canada’s top models. When she retired from modeling she moved on to a career in the financial services as an adviser and planner, specializing in helping women attain financial freedom. During those years, she was also one of the first women in Canada to host her own national financial television show. During all those years, Monique’s dream was always to someday become a writer. Ten years ago, Monique attended a writer’s conference where the first line of one of her novels was read out loud in a workshop, attracting the attention of a publisher and an agent.

Since that life-changing conference, Monique Domovitch has published nine books, four with Penguin using the pen name Carol Ann Martin, two with Harlequin using her own name, and another two with Lansen Publishing. Scorpio’s Kiss was previously published as two novels, Scorpio Rising and The Sting of the Scorpio. Scar Tissue, her latest, is her ninth novel and she is hard at work on her tenth.

A great believer in the energizing power of writers’ conferences, she says that if not for that first conference she attended, she would not be published today.
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About the Book:

Scorpio's Kiss is a spell-binding tale of love, ambition and greed that will keep the reader turning the pages until its surprise ending. Set in New York and Paris amid the glamorous and competitive worlds of art and real estate, Scorpio's Kiss takes the reader from the late 1940s to the 1960s through
the tumultuous lives of its heroes.

There is Alex Ivanov, the son of a Russian immigrant and part-time prostitute. He yearns to escape his sordid life and achieve fame and fortune. His dreams of becoming a world-class builder are met with countless obstacles, yet he perseveres in the hope of someday receiving the recognition he craves.

Half a world away, Brigitte Dartois is an abused teenager who runs into the arms of a benefactor with an agenda all his own. When she finds out that her boss has an ulterior motive, she flees again, determined to earn her living through her art. This career brings her fame, but also the unwanted attention of her early abuser.

Domovitch’s novel is a compelling tale, filled with finely etched characters and a superb understanding of the power of ambition. Scorpio's Kiss promises to resonate with all who once had a dream.

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  • Scorpio’s Kiss is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

My inspiration to write, came when I reached a certain important birthday and it dawned on me that half my life might already be behind me, and that unless I started right away, I might reach the end of my life without ever fulfilling my life dream. There is no inspiration like the ticking of a clock. I buckled down and in the next two years I completed two novels, working between five and eight in the morning, and nine and eleven at night. Those two novels have now been published as one, Scorpio’s Kiss.

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I can’t remember how old I was when I first discovered books, but by the time I was ten years old, I was reading my mother’s book club selections. It was also around that age that I began penning short stories that I then read to my siblings and friends. Recently I had dinner with a girlfriend whom I’ve known since we were both six years old. She spent the better part of the meal retelling me stories I had told her all those years ago. I couldn’t believe she remembered them.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

I don’t take notes during movies, but I tend to jot down words when I read. I love really active verbs or very descriptive words. I have notebooks full of words. Anybody who comes across them might find them very confusing.  

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

Writing is and always was a passion.  It’s like a drug. I go into withdrawal when I don’t get my full daily dose. My husband likes to tease me that when I’m cranky, he knows it’s because I haven’t satisfied my writing need for the day.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

My day job now is writing. I like to start early, right after walking the dogs, and then I write on and off all day, taking breaks when my eyes get tired or when I finish a scene. I take a few minutes and mentally stage the next one, and then I get back to work.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

One of my best tricks is to stop writing each day in the middle of a sentence. That gives me an immediate starting point the next morning.

Another good tip is this. Every night, as you drift off to sleep, mentally plan the writing you want to do the next morning. And third, if you ever get stuck, and just can’t figure out where to go from here, just pick up your manuscript and start editing from the beginning. By the time you get to where you left off, you’ll be unstuck. It works like magic every time.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

Very reluctantly. I think it was Nora Roberts who said it best. Do not disturb me, other than in case of fire or accidents, and it better be a four-alarm fire and the blood had better be arterial.

What hours do you write best?

When I’m in writing mode any time is a good time, but given the choice, mornings are best. I can write for twelve hours straight. I forget meals. I don’t hear conversations around me. I am so focused, I won’t notice anything. But by the end of the day my eyes fell as if they’re on fire.

How often do you write?

Seven days a week for weeks on end, then I might take a few days off. I write in spurts of energy, and I keep writing until I need a real break. Sometimes I can go on for a month or two before I need some time off.

Are you an avid reader?

Yes. Voracious. I devour books. It’s a little like falling in love. I’ll discover a new author and I’ll grab everything he’s ever written and then pine for the next novel. But, by the time the next one is out, I’m often onto another author. Call me fickle.

What are you reading now?

Right now I have a stack of books about four feet high, and the one I’m planning to start tonight is Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen. I haven’t read him yet, but the setting for his books is the Florida Keys, which is also the setting for my next book.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

Writing is and always has been a passion. Even back when the thought of writing a book was too intimidating, I’d write scenes. Writing is like breathing to me.

What are you currently working on?

Right now I’m working on two novels. One is Seeing Evil, the sequel to Scar Tissue, and the second is tentatively titled, Under a Libra Sky, a novel much in the genre of Scorpio’s Kiss, where two strong characters meet in the Florida Keys in the early sixties. On the night of Hurricane Donna, an event takes place that will forever change the course of many lives. It will be decades before the mystery is laid to rest.

On a last note, I would like to invite all who enjoyed Scorpio’s Kiss to take a moment to write a review. I will forever be grateful.


Monique Domovitch is giving away 5 paperback and 5 ebook copies of SCORPIO’S KISS!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • Five people will be selected to win one of five paperback copies and five people will be selected to win one of five ebook copies of SCORPIO’S KISS
  • This giveaway begins April 18 and ends on July 18.
  • Winners will be announced on Monique’s tour page on July 19.
Good luck everyone!


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