Tish Domenick

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Tish Domenick is first generation Italian-American. She has earned two University degrees, a BS (no, not that BS, Bachelor of Science--really) and an MA, and has many years experience in the health care field. Give her a bowl of pasta, a good red wine, a romantic novel, and life is good. She lives in Florida with her husband, who cooks the pasta and pours the wine and wonders how she researched those erotic scenes. She'll never tell.

Q: How long have you been writing?

A: I wrote my first short novella in fourth grade. (I won't say how long ago that was.) It was about an Arabian horse that took a boy on wild adventures. Pure fantasy, but my teacher liked it and had me read it to the whole class. I started submitting and wallpapering my computer room with rejections about seven years ago.

Q: During those years, did you ever become so discouraged you decided to quit writing?

A: Yes, for about two days until a new story popped into my head. For a writer, writing is not a choice. It's a necessity.

Q: How do you get your ideas?

A: I honestly don't know. Almost anything I hear, see, read or dream can spark an idea.

Q: Is anything in The Lady Dares autobiographical?

A: Not that I'd care to admit (wink, wink). Funny, my husband keeps asking the same question. Really, I have a wickedly erotic imagination.

Q: What process do you use for constructing a story?

A: You've probably heard that some writers are pantsers (fly by the seat of their pants with little or no planning), and some outline to the nth degree. I'm somewhere in between. I always start with the characters and put them in a situation. I plot the ending roughly and a few chapters ahead, then let the characters tell their stories and transport me to their world.

Q: Is the Elizabethan Era your favorite historical period?

A: For some reason, it speaks to me. Perhaps that's because of the Renaissance and Shakespeare and all the creativity coming from that time.

Q: What other eras intrigue you?

A: The Discovery of Gold in California and its Barbary Coast, and the WWII era.

Q: What other genres do you write?

A: Romance, always Romance! Not always historical.

Q: What are you working on now? What's next for Tish Domenick?

A: I've begun another Elizabethan and also a ménage during the Gold Rush days.

Q: When can we expect your next offering?

A: That's up to the Siren staff, but soon, I hope.


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