My name is D. Alyce Domain. I’m an Indie Author writing in the romance genre. I have two currently available books: Dominic’s Nemesis (Gothic paranormal romance) and When Lucifer Met Calamity (Contemporary Romance). I’m also a book blogger, offering honest reviews, free advice, promotional book swag, and some paid professional services through my blog. I also own and operate an online ladies’ boutique and blog, The Aesthetic Domain.
When and why did you start writing?
I started writing when I was in college and still hooked on soap operas. I was always upset with the writers of the shows I watched for one reason or another. Killing off a character I liked, breaking up my favorite super couple, writing-in weird plots twists to explain an actress’ real-life pregnancy. Out of pure frustration, I started writing fan-fiction to fix the carnage wrought by daytime writers on my favorite couples and characters.
What inspires your writing?
Characters mostly. Unlike some authors, I don’t have ideas about storylines or plots. Instead, I have ideas about characters and personality traits. And once I have the characters fixed, then the storyline usually falls into the place. The way my writer’s mind flows is like an altered version of the quote ‘Field of Dreams’…”If you build the characters, the plot will come.”
What has been your worst moment as a writer?
Not sure I’ve had a worse moment yet in my writing career. It’s been pretty much a smooth ride. I mean, there are some things I wish I’d done differently, sure. But, I’ve not had any sort of disastrous moment that I can recall.
Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?
Not really. I sit at my desk in front of my computer and write. I do prefer to write at night. But the book I’m currently working on is a gothic paranormal so it helps set the mood.
If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?
Don’t be in such a hurry to publish. Take the time to do some research about marketing and promotion, and develop a launch campaign to promote the book and gain notice as a new Indie author.
What do you believe make for great writing?
I have two words for you…Character Development! Creating character bios make for great characters, multi-layered, finely nuanced, and unique. It’s better to develop the characters with unique personalities and rich backstory…even if all of it doesn’t make it into the final cut of the book. It helps with dialogue, character interactions, and writing scenes.
How do you measure success as a writer?
Writing a good book: well-developed, organized, and edited…with unique characters, interesting plot, and properly paced. Authors who put passion and effort into their writing are always successful. Whether that success is followed by fame and fortune is anybody’s guess, but I don’t think it takes away from the author’s success. Writing for me is as much about me being satisfied with what I’ve written as it is about the reader being satisfied with it. Writing a good book is its own reward.
What’s your biggest fear as a writer?
Not being seen, I guess. The literary world and the book publishing industry has changed so much with the digital age. In some ways its good, and it benefits the small Indie author, but in other ways it bad news for us. The sheer volume of books being written and published alone is an impediment. Literally anyone who can read and write can now write a book and publish it if they want. And that’s great! But it also means the competition for shelf space and visibility is fierce. Reader’s attention spans are shorter…because there’s so many books to choose from. Free books, eBooks, Discount books, etc. Books, Books, and more book. It’s daunting.
Describe your latest book to our readers
‘When Lucifer Met Calamity’ is a contemporary romance, with a mixed cast and a comedic tone. Basically, it’s an opposites attract story. Lucifer is a straight-laced lawyer. And he falls for Calamity, a loopy legal assistant at his office who’s never met a rule she didn’t want to break. Disaster and hilarity ensue. But, all’s well in the end.
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
Satisfaction. I mean, I write romantic fiction, so I don’t expect it to drive the course of anyone’s life. But I really love it when people are satisfied. The greatest compliment a reader can give me is calling my book(s) a “good read”.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
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, write a review or something. Nothing is free and certainly not a book which requires months of time and effort to write and money to produce. Making it a free download for any and everybody, is just selling yourself short.
What’s next for you?
I’m currently working on Book 2 in the Ambrosi Legacy Series. This is the sequel to my first novel, ‘Dominic’s Nemesis’. It’s a dark, gothic paranormal romance which takes place in a historical setting, so it’s a bit of a genre-bender. This is the story of Dominic’s younger twin brother(s)…Gideon and Gabriel. Right now, its entitled “Gabriel’s Demons” but that will likely change.
When Two Souls Collide…
In an unforgiving society where the hint of madness is all the damning proof men need, Dominic struggles to live a peaceful life, away from prying eyes, and damning innuendo. Gifted with uncanny abilities, yet also cursed with the taint of madness, Dominic must walk a fine line. After the horror of his past, his fractured soul is safe only in solitude…until one day, his refuge is irrevocably breached by an ethereal beauty haunted by demons of her own. Dominic is torn between protecting himself and his brothers from exposure and persecution and following the desires of his heart…