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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