Thank you so much to Samantha from Chick Lit Plus for hosting this tour, and to Monique for being here with us today and sharing the things that inspire her! You can read my review of Monique's book, Scorpio Rising here.
By Monique Domovitch
By Monique Domovitch
Before I answer this, let me start by saying that the process of writing is nothing like many imagine it. It is not an almost mystical experience during which I am possessed by a story that demands to be written. I only wish it were that easy. The truth is that like just about every other job, inspiration is only a small part of the process of writing a book. In other words, I have to sit at my computer and write…and rewrite…and rewrite.
Inspiration, on the other hand, doesn’t come when I’m actually writing. It most often comes when I’m washing the dishes, or doing laundry, or during any mindless activity which allows my imagination to wander. It usually starts with a character, a person in a perilous situation and with a strong desire for love, success, revenge or money. From that little germ of an idea, I start building my story. I make my character escape his problems and begin to work toward reaching his goals, all the while overcoming as many obstacles as humanly possible. I make my characters full of strengths and weaknesses, qualities and flaws, which is what makes my stories character driven.
Everything other than my characters, are details that are usually inspired by current or historical events, which I fictionalize. That is how I created Alexander Ivanov an architect, and Brigitte Dartois an artist in my Scorpio Series.
In my next series—still unnamed—my main characters are the victims and the perpetrator of a Ponzi Scheme, inspired in part by the Bernie Madoff scandal. You can already guess the kind of story this will be—full of drama, and countless twists and turns.
***Note from Marie: Yay for Canadian authors! Especially ones from Ontario; I'm from south-eastern Ontario. :-) And look at that beautiful face...I'm surprised she's not still a model!***
What inspires you?