Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Scar Tissue: Interview with M.C. Domovitch

M C Domovitch is the author of nine novels, four of which were published under the name of Carol Ann Martin (by Penguin), another two under the name Monique Domovitch (by Carina Press) The other three are published as M C Domovitch, Scorpio Rising, The Sting of the Scorpio (Both now republished in one single tome) and Scar Tissue. The decision to use a different pen name was based on her departure from cozy mysteries and entering the Romance and Romantic Suspense genres.

Before becoming an author, Monique had multiple careers, beginning with modeling. She won a modeling contest in the 70s and became one of Canada's top models. After retiring from the fashion industry, she studied finance and joined an investment company. This led to a new career as host of her own television show about investing, with the television network, WTN. Following her retirement from finance, she decided to pursue her true passion, writing. At a writing workshop at San Diego's Writers' Conference, one of her unpublished books caught the eye of a publisher and of an agent. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Domovitch lives with her physician husband and their dogs. They divide their time between homes in Victoria and Toronto Canada and Key Largo Florida.

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It’s a pleasure to have you here today, M.C. Can you tell us what your new book is about?

Scar Tissue is a story of survival through sheer determination and resiliency. When Ciara Kelly wakes up in hospital, with scars that kill both her career and her relationship with her boyfriend, she struggles to build herself a new life. She succeeds for a time, only to find herself hunted by the same
predator who kidnapped and tortured her two years earlier. It takes all of her ingenuity to develop a plan to stay alive. 

Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?

Until her kidnapping, Ciara was a fashion model on the fast track to stardom. She was enjoying a glamorous life with her rich boyfriend, a successful career, money and her future seemed golden. Then, in an instant, her glamorous life is gone. 

There is also Deirdre, Ciara’s sister, who welcomes her into her life and becomes her strongest supporter, helping her through her recovery and cheering her onto a new career.

There is the entire Morgan family, her ex, his mother, his sister and his dead father who is still pulling the family strings through a special codicil to his will.

And last but not least, there is David, the new man in Ciara’s life. But can Ciara overcome the shame of her scars and allow this man to love her?

Your book is set in New York.  Can you tell us why you chose this city in particular?

New York is such a vibrant city. I wanted to use a setting that came alive in the book, a place which would become an integral part of the story, as important as the characters themselves.

Open the book to page 69.  What is happening?

On page 69, Ciara has moved back to her hometown, is riddled with debt from her hospital bills, and struggling to find employment in a down economy.

What has been the most pivotal point of your writing life?

The most pivotal point in my life was when I attended the San Diego’s Writers’ Conference and found both, a agent, and a publisher who loved my first novel. That was within the first year I started to write. That was a revelation to me. It gave me the confidence that I was on the right track.

What kind of advice would you give other fiction authors?

Believe in yourself. If I could make a go of writing as a career when I was in my fifties, and succeed, then you can too. But learn from my mistake. Don’t wait so long. Don’t wait. Go for it now.

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