OK folks this is my very first interview! My guess today is Dominique Weldon.
Hi Dominique, thank you for being here with us today. So Dominique, tell us a little bit about your self.
Well, I guess I should start with the basic introduction, right? My name is Dominique Weldon, from the lovely little state known as Iowa. I've been here all my seventeen years of life. And for the record, it's not completely full of corn... only a little!
Tell us about your family: I live with my mom and younger siblings. I was lucky enough to be the oldest child! My family is very interesting, but I wouldn't trade them for anything. Besides, who wants a boring family, right?
Ha Ha your family sounds very interesting Dominique. What are your plans for the future?
I plan on staying here until at least after High School next year-finally a senior! After that I'm not so sure; I'll probably stay in the mid west for college, while trying to find a publisher who wants me!
Well sounds to me like you know exactly what you want to do. Being a Senior must be very exciting for you!
So why did you decide to become a writer?
I think I really didn't choose to be a writer, it choose me. All my life I've been in love with the written word, from at least age five. As a child I've always had a notebook with me,one holding a little story of mine. Although I never realized this until I made it to Jr. High! I started writing simply for fun, and all my friends kept telling me to try to get them published. I thought it was honestly a stupid idea, but after awhile the idea settled in. So you can thank all my fellow classmates, because if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be perusing the dream of being published.
Keep dreaming Dominique I'm sure your dream will come true very soon! How many books have your written so far?
Oh wow, there is absolutely no possible way I can do that! I have been writing since I was five, and around then I was given a huge binder full of blank paper! In that binder was over one hundred little stories. Over the course of elementary came about a dozen more, and I started writing true 'novels' in Jr. High. There are fifteen of those.... So we can just go with fifteen! The name of the novel I'm working on now is called Eternal Darkness, the final book in a eight-part series - one I've put four years into!
Oh wow! For a seventeen year old senior in high school you are very dedicated to your writing!
Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about becoming a writer?
I'm not sure if I have the place to give advice, I could still use some myself! The only thing I can say is keep writing; yes I'm sure everyone has heard this line before and are probably sick of it, but it works! To get better at something you have to practice, right? I still have a lot to learn, but after looking back at some of my older work I realized that I've actually improved! Which is very reassuring because I know there's actually hope for me! Also study the craft, learn all you can about the English language and study it. How can you even think about writing if you don't know how it even works?
Can you tell us a little about the book you are working on right now?
Well silly me thought that I could take on five projects at once-which for the record was a crazy idea on my part- but the one I'm putting the most time into is my novel Eternal Darkness. It is the final chapter in my Frozen Rain series. I really hope to get this published someday, so I don't want to give away too much, but it resolves around my main character Nikola Waynes. The final battle between her and enemy Solomen Williams is about to begin. Sorry, that's all I can spill! Don't hate me guys!
We understand completely Dominique, no worries there! But can't you please just give us a little preview?
I guess I can share a paragraph of my work, as long as everyone remembers that this is completely, and totally unedited- straight from the rough draft! I hope it's not too awful!
It was becoming harder to see, to hear, to breathe. Was I going to let them end my life so easily? If they didn't stop me then Victor would take to job with pleasure. Someone's life was going to end tonight, and it might be mine.
The room lost shape, definition, now only a swirl of colors. No longer did anything make sense to my eyes. The cold slabs of the prison floor sizzled against my flesh. The walls and ceiling began to cave in, with the intent to suffocate. The simple act of breathing was scratching sandpaper against my lungs- agony. But I couldn't escape it, too tired to even try. The burning wasn't gong to stop, it'd never stop.
Not until they were done with me...
Wow that is very interesting! Ok that wraps up my interview with Dominique Weldon. Thank you once again Dominique for taking the time to let us all get to know you a little better! For those that would like to know more about Dominique, she can be found on facebook
Hope you all enjoy my first interview and look forward to hearing feedback about it