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in the energizing power of writers’ conferences, she says that if not for that first conference she attended, she would not be published today.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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Monique Domovitch is giving away 5 paperback and 5 ebook copies of SCORPIO’S KISS!
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- 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.
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Would you call yourself a born writer?
I don’t know that I would call myself a born writer, but I most definitely am a born storyteller. I’m the oldest of seven girls and to this day my sisters still talk about the times I used to lock us in a room and tell them spooky stories about ghosts and witches. They’d be so frightened they’d run crying to our parents and I’d be warned again to “stop scaring your sisters.” But, of course, as soon as they got over their fright, they came running back, begging for more stories, and then I’d be in trouble again.
What was your inspiration for Scorpio’s Kiss?
The inspiration for the main character was Donald Trump. Back in the seventies, I used to model with Ivana, his first wife. After their marriage, she and I stayed in touch and I had the pleasure of visiting the Trumps on numerous occasions. I was always amazed with his ambition. His every achievement was followed with by another bigger goal. When I wrote Scorpio’s Kiss, a story about an ambitious real estate developer, I naturally based my main character on Trump. Having said that, I have to add that the story is fiction, entirely a product of my imagination.
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
I especially like to write about strong women, women who go through challenging situations and rise from the ashes. I love survivors, people with courage and determination. Those are the people I write about.
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
Scorpio’s Kiss was originally published as two novels, Scorpio Rising, and The Sting of Scorpio. I wrote them back when I was still working nine to five, so I used to get up at five in the morning and write until I had to get ready for work. After work I’d come home and write again from nine to midnight. I kept this schedule for periods of three to four weeks, until I needed some time off. Then when I felt rested enough, I’d start again. It took me two years to complete the two novels.
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
Yes and no. I am very disciplined when facing a deadline. However I tend to write in spurts of energy. I can go on for ten hours a day for weeks, and then I feel burnt out and need a rest. During this time I might not write more than a few lines a day until I have my energy back. If you ask my husband, he thinks I have incredible discipline. Maybe I’m just hard on myself. The bottom line is I put out at least one book a year, usually one every nine or ten months.
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
I had to remember that the story begins in the fifties, at a time when there was no Internet, at a time when gender roles were clearly defined and couples did not divorce quite so easily. It was difficult to restrain my female character and make her behave in the appropriate way for the time. These days if a man treated a woman the way she was treated, she’d be out of there before anyone could say ciao.
What do you love most about being an author?
When I was a child, I was called a dreamer. I guess I still am. I dream up stories about everyone. In a restaurant I might imagine the person sitting across from me is a spy, that the woman wearing the black dress and the bright red lipstick, is wearing a disguise and following her husband to see where he’s really going. Such fun. I am always fascinated by the world around me and I want to know everybody’s secrets. That is often the way I come up with stories. I see something that makes me wonder, what if…
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self-publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
I’ve written nine books, six of which were published by traditional publishers. But for Scorpio’s Kiss and my latest novel, Scar Tissue, I decided to go the self-published route. I’m taking a step away from cozy mysteries, which is the genre for which I became a best-selling novelist. Generally when a publisher has a successful author, they generally don’t like them deviating from their brand. I wanted to establish myself as a suspense author, so I decided to go for it by myself. I’m happy to report that the results are positive. Once I’ve proven my worth, I might go back to traditional publishing. Time will tell. Meanwhile, I’d like to invite everyone who has read and enjoyed Scorpio’s Kiss to please take a moment to post a review on Amazon.
Where can we find you on the web?
My website is MCDomovitch.com
On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authormoniquedomovitch
On Twitter @Moniquedomovitc