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in the energizing power of writers’ conferences, she says that if not for that first conference she attended, she would not be published today.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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Thanks for this interview, M C Domovitch. Can we begin by having you tell us about yourself from a writer’s standpoint?
I converted to the writing life later in life than most authors do. I had already enjoyed a number of successful careers, my children had left the house and become independent, so when my husband and I moved across the country, I was faced with starting a new career in a new town or pursuing my life dream of becoming a writer. It was an easy decision, at least for me. As for my husband, he found it difficult to stop relying on me to help with his business. But within a year, I had finished one novel, found an agent and publisher and was already under contract for a three-novel series. At that point he realized that this was not just some cute little hobby his wife was playing at. He understood I was serious about this. Since then he has been incredibly supportive.
When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?
I’m a huge dog lover, and I’m constantly trolling the Internet for dog-rescue stories and videos. If I had my way, I’d probably have a dozen dogs, but then I’d also be without a husband. All kidding aside, my husband is also a dog lover, but since we travel as much as we do, two dogs is all we can handle. We have two small Yorkies that we can carry on board and tuck under the seat. They are great little travelers. When they see me packing they get very nervous, until I their carriers. They jump right in. They know they’re coming along.
Do you have a day job? Or a night one?
I’m very fortunate at this point in my life to be able to devote all my energies to writing. That’s my job.
Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing? Can you tell us about your journey?
I wrote my first two novels many years ago, back when I had a nine to five job. I’d get up at five, write till eight, then after work I’d get back at the computer and write until midnight or so. I did this for two years, until both novels were finished. Then I collected rejection slips. At one point I became discouraged and put my dream aside. It wasn’t until about seven years ago that I started again and suddenly it was as if the sky just opened up. Everything just fell into place. I went to the San Diego Writers’ Conference and my writing caught the attention of an agent and a publisher. Since then you’d better believe I am a big believer in writers’ conferences.
What is it about the suspense genre that appeals more than any other genre you would choose to write?
I like page turners, always have. I love books that are so captivating that a reader can’t bear to put it down. And that is what I enjoy writing. Sometimes I am so excited by my stories I can’t type fast enough. I want to know what happens next. I always begin a novel with a clear protagonist, a start point in a story and an ending, but how exactly my characters will get from A to Z can surprise even me. It really is as if the characters take over.
If you had to summarize your book in one sentence, what would that be?
Scorpio’s Kiss is a story about love, ambition, greed and betrayal. That’s it in a tiny nutshell. For a bit more information, I’d add that there are two main characters, Alex and Brigitte. The book is made up of alternating points of view, one chapter about him, followed by a chapter about her. The story is told this way until they meet.
What makes your book stand out from the rest?
The characters. I am told that I have a talent for writing characters that stay in the minds of readers for long after they finished the book. There are a few that everybody loves, and some that we just love to hate. Some of the most hateful characters are also the most fun to get to know. One in particular, is such a vixen. Her plotting is stellar.
If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?
I’d like to say Valentine’s Day, because my novel does have some romance, but I think the fourth of July might be more appropriate because in the end, Scorpio’s Kiss is an American success story.
Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?
Funny you should ask, it was a series. It was originally published as Scorpio Rising and The Sting of Scorpio, two novels. It has now been repackaged into one novel as Scorpio’s Kiss.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I am often inspired by real people, or real events, and then I take a grain of fact and stretch it into a work of fiction. For example, the main character in Scorpio’s Kiss was inspired by Donald Trump. Back in the seventies and eighties, I was friends with Ivana, Donald’s first wife. She and I modeled together in Montreal. When she moved to New York, we stayed in touch and I had the pleasure of visiting and meeting Donald on numerous occasions. I was fascinated with his ambition and when I decided to write a novel about a strong ambitious man, I modelled my character after Donald.
What’s next for you?
I’m working on my tenth and eleventh novels as we speak. One is the sequel to Scar Tissue, titled Seeing Evil, and is scheduled to be published in the fall. The second, like Scorpio’s Kiss, happens in the fifties and sixties. The place is Key Largo and much of the plot revolves around Hurricane Donna and an incident that happens on the same morning. It promises to be another page turner.
Before I say goodbye, I’d like to invite everyone who enjoyed Scorpio’s Kiss to please take a moment to post a review. You would make this author very happy.
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