~~ LINDA DOMINIQUE GROSVENOR ~~ RTR interview with Tracey West
TW - What can you tell us
about the real Linda Dominique Grosvenor? Where did she come from and where is she now?
Dominique Grosvenor, although she was born and raised in New York (the city that never sleeps) she is
truly a country girl at heart. She now resides in North Carolina and loves referring to herself in third
person. Seriously though, I love my life in North Carolina, but I still miss the busy city sometimes.
TW What inspired you to begin writing one day?
novels for me was an all out accident. I started out writing an article and I got so
caught up into what I was writing that it grew into a short story and then a novel. I had
always written poetry as a teen. I never thought Id have readers emailing me
directly or waiting for my next release though, but I love it. Writing is a deep part of
me now and I cant imagine doing anything else.
can you tell us about your books?
LDG - I love writing books that
teach lessons and make the reader think. I also like to employ the romance element in my
stories, after all if life isn't about love and caring about each other, what is it about?
I think we all need a little romance in our lives. I like to tell stories about all
different kinds of women, not just the well dressed and beautiful ones, but also the women
who are shy, reserved and sometimes quite geeky. All in all I enjoy allowing my
imagination to run wild and let the story take the reader on a ride that I hope they end
TW - How
difficult was your journey to publication? Was your first submitted manuscript chosen, or
did it take more than one submission?
Self-publishing my first novel opened the door for my second release. Ive had a
steady flow of releases since then. I actually found a major publisher who was interested
in my work before I actually found a literary agent so my journey was pretty easy, but not
at all the norm. Ive found that in this industry there is no exact science. Books on
writing offer guidelines. We can follow them to the letter and still not end up where
wed like. I say follow your heart. Self-publishing does teach you the business
inside out and thats the most important thing for writers to know the
TW Who has
influenced you the most in terms of developing your personal writing style?
LDG - I'd have to say poets in
general. Pablo Neruda and Sonia Sanchez. Poets learn to take you places with words because
they can only employ a few lines to do it, therefore I've learned to tell a story and
transporting a reader by making the scenery come alive for them because of poetry.
TW - What book has been the most
difficult to write? What book is the most special to you?
LDG - I'd have to say that all of my
books are a job to write; a job I enjoy to the fullest. The easiest book for me to write
was Spanish Lullaby. It poured out of me. As for the book that's the
most special to me I'd have to say that Bloom is. Bloom
is the 2nd book in the older woman younger man series titled The Cradle
Robbers. I'm older than my husband by nine years and I think of it as our story
although it isn't at all autobiographical.
TW - Does
readers feedback help you with your writing?Is the
feedback something that is very important to you?
LDG - When I come
to a book the characters come with their own story to tell so I normally don't have any
input on the books from my readers as I'm writing it, but I love to hear what they have to
say after the fact. Loved it or hated it, I definitely like to hear their thoughts and I
appreciate it so much when they actually write reviews.
What is a day like in your life? Do you have a strict writing schedule?
As a writer I try not to be too hard on myself. I write weekly and I feel bad if I don't
sit down to write as least three times a week. For me editing is writing too so it all
goes together. I wake up in the morning and read my email, then I seek out ways to
actively promote my novels and then in the evening I finally settle down to get
some writing done. Wonderful snacks like white cheddar Cheez Doodles and caramel apple
dip come into play throughout the day. I like to think that behind every great book
is a tasty snack!
TW - What
time of the day/night do your creative juices flow the best?
LDG - I'm extreme.
Early morning. when the world is still and my entire house
is asleep, I find the best time to write. Sometimes very late at night, maybe or so. Once my favorite shows come on
television it gets harder and harder to focus, even with just the news on. It can be very
distracting. I have no problems editing with the television on, but for straight writing
from the soul, I like silence.
TW - What
do you find to be the best thing about writing?
LDG - Writing
allows your wildest imagination to develop into a world that the readers and even I
sometimes believe is true!
TW - If
you could go back and do things over again, such as working with different publishers or
writing a different story, would you?
LDG - I think each
story I told needed to be told. I love my past publishers for the opportunities that
they've given, however, I certainly look forward to working with publishers who will
stretch me and my talents, demand more, help me increase my readership by reaching new
readers as well. One thing I may have done differently was write a humorous novel first,
since many think I'm too serious, but then again, hindsight is always twenty/twenty isn't
Where do you get your ideas, inspirations from?
LDG - I love
movies and although I hate the mall, watching people is my number one source of
inspiration. I capture snatches of dialogue from actual conversations. Writing for me is
fun. Anything and everything can be a source of inspiration for me...including a visit to
the doctor's office. Go figure!
TW - Do
you need any props to write? Do you listen to mood music or light
LDG - Snacks!
Bottled water and my crystal candy dish. I love jellybeans! As long as I have those things
it keeps me going. I reward myself as I progress. That's great motivation in and of
TW - If
you weren't a successful author today what would you want to be?
LDG - I wanted to
make movies before I wanted to write so if I weren't cranking out novels and having fun
while I was doing it, I'd probably be making movies...come to think of it, I still might!
It's never too late to fulfill your dreams. I try often to convey that through my writing.
TW - You
have a webdiary on your site.Is this to express who
you are or to keep you in touch with your fans?Possibly both?
LDG - Yes I really
have the webdiary to vent (a little) and to stay in touch with my readers and let them
know that a writers life isn't perfect. I also use it to help encourage aspiring
writers who are under the impression that a writers life is rosey. It's really
not...unless it was before the major book deal :)
TW - What
do you want readers to take with them after reading one of your books?
LDG - I really
want them to say, "That was good," then head to their bookstore to see what else
TW - Who
are some people that have inspired you throughout your life?
LDG - My mom has
inspired me the most because she instilled a love of the written word in me. I grew up in
a house with books. She was always reading a little of everything and was really open
genre-wise. My fifth grade teacher Mr. Risch used to read to the class aloud and I thank
him for that too. That is how I discovered that books can transport you to a far away
place. My husband is now my current source of inspiration. He helps me employ humor into
my life and my stories, and I really needed that.
TW - What
is your biggest passion in life?
LDG - I am very
passionate about stopping domestic violence. I am the domestic violence host at
Bellaonline.com and believe that only through education will domestic violence be
eradicated. There is absolutely no excuse for domestic violence and to all the victims out
there...NO IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT!
TW - What
are some of your pet peeves?
LDG - My pet peeve
is holding the door open for someone who can't take a second to turn around and say
"thank you." I really think we're losing our sense of morals, manners and common
sense all at once in this land of the free and the home of the brave. I believe if we
could be kinder to each other, this place, for however long we're, here could be much
brighter and substantially more enjoyable for every one of us.
TW - Do
you find any difficulties in balancing marriage, family and your writing?
LDG - It's fun for
me to balance all three. If I get upset I can easily vent via one of my characters. It's
all a fun little juggling act for me.
TW - Do
you ever experience writers block? If so, have you found your own cure
LDG - No, I don't
suffer from writers block at all. I'm always writing so I probably suffer from writers
overflow if anything.
Do you think there is anything about you that readers would be shocked to discover?
LDG - Yes. They'll
probably be shocked to learn that I initially met my husband on the internet. That's
pretty shocking for some.
Where would you like to see your career as a writer, in the next 3-5 years?
LDG - I'd
personally like to be writing a screen adaptation of one of my novels. In five years I'll
probably have 14 novels behind me. I'm currently working on book #8 and just finished up
two multi-author anthologies.
Who are some of the authors you read? What genre is your favourite?
LDG - I enjoy
contemporary fiction but have now been leaning toward suspense.
TW - You
are an advocate for domestic violence.Is this something that you
wish more people would take notice of?
LDG - Yes I really
do. It makes me mad to think that it's such a well-kept secret or something to be ashamed
of. All abuse is wrong, be it physical, verbal or mental and people who do it should be
put into a nice honey-coated jail cell and we need to set a colony of red fire ants loose
TW - Are
there some organizations that readers who are interested, can get in contact with to learn
more on how to help?
The Family Violence Prevention Fund (www.endabuse.org)
is a very active organization. They report on plenty of movie and television stars that we
look up to and how they abuse their girl/boy friends and/or spouses. They're pretty up to
the minute on the legal happens where domestic violence is concerned too.
TW - You
have two releases coming out in January.What can you tell us
about these books?
LDG - In January I
have a 3 novella collection titled Pretty Boys that will be available
in hardcover. I had fun writing the stories in this collection because each of the women
were so different. In May I'll be releasing The Hamptons and you'll
have to keep checking my website for the unveiling of the cover as well as ordering
information on that. I think The Hamptons is going to be a summer
If a reader just discovered your books, which book would you suggest to them to begin
LDG - I'd tell
them to read Bloom. It's short, and exciting and in tune with the
current events. It's amazing because when I wrote the story I had no idea that a month
later Demi Moore would be dating a younger man and proud of
it. So, the book is timely to say the least as are the rest of the books in the
TW - What
other titles do you have coming out in 2004?
LDG - Right now
there's just Pretty Boys and The Hamptons. I hope
to have several releases in 2005. I'm bracing myself. New releases are lots of work.
TW - If
you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?
LDG - I'd wish for
domestic violence to end around the world.
Then I'd wish for
a lifetime supply of caramel apple dip
And then I'd top
that off by wishing for one of my books to be read by every single living person in the
Where can readers find your books?
LDG - All of my
books are available at bookstores nationally and online in traditional sellers like
Where can readers write to you?
LDG - Readers can
drop me a line at: POB 2443, Durham, North Carolina27715USA. I'm pretty open to email. I get lots of
SPAM though so I think the best way is just to send a letter.
Is there anything you would like to add, that we have not discussed?
LDG - I think
you have covered everything and I truly enjoyed looking deep into myself to answer
your questions. I love the effort that booksellers, book clubs and
book website webmasters go through to spread the word about new authors. I for
one truly appreciate it.