I find it extremely difficult to talk about myself, which is probably why I’ve developed a second life talking about other people. Sure, those people are all make-believe, but gosh, don’t they live exciting (read: precarious) lives! Anyway, I’m sure you’d like to know a teeny little bit about me so let’s see what I can come up with that will help you get a feel for who I am without revealing too much. Let’s start with the fun stuff!
First, there’s the ever-important matter of my Hogwarts House. I’m a Gryffindor, which surprised the hell out of me because I thought for sure I was a Ravenclaw. I think in real (fantasy) Hogwarts life, I would be, because remember: the sorting hat takes your preference into account. But I’m happy with proud Gryffindor, too.
I’m also a Virgo, which means I’m humble. Humble yet proud. Hmmm…
I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I hid from summer outdoor chores so I could spend time reading. We lived in an 18-room Victorian which made hiding easy. My sneaky reading habit was fed by my older sister who brought home books from her gig at Waldenbooks in the mall. I read a lot of Anne McCaffrey, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King, along with tons of fantasy books of which I can no longer recall the titles or authors, and only vague plot details. One of my favorite books from that time was ARIEL: A BOOK OF THE CHANGE by Stephen R. Boyett. It’s about a unicorn and the end of civilization – two of my favorite things in fiction!
Fast forward to the present, and my favorite authors list includes Laini Taylor, Moira Young, Moira Fowley-Doyle, Libba Bray, Michelle Hauck, Marissa Meyer, Diana Gabaldon, Kristin Cashore, Holly Black, Jaliegh Johnson, and of course, J.K. Rowling. You’ll note that they are all speculative fiction authors, so yes – I still read heavily fantasy and supernatural.
When it comes to movies, I like my foreign films subtitled, not dubbed. Two of my favorites are Hidden Tiger, Crouching Dragon and Amelie. Other movies on my essential list include the Phantom of the Opera, The Last of the Mohicans, The Fifth Element, Moulin Rouge, LOTR, The Saint, The Bourne Trilogy, Chocolat, The Last Unicorn, Brigadoon, Interstellar, and Inception. The Fountain is the summit of that small mountain (rhyme accidentally intentional…) If you haven’t seen it, and you like high-concept, atmospheric, emotional manipulation, I suggest you rent it soon. Most of these movies have three things in common: lots of action, gorgeous visuals and soundtracks, and romance. I prefer my romances to be epic or ethereal. You know, the opposite of real life. *sigh*
Speaking of soundtracks, my music tastes are all over the map. I can go from Glitch Mob to Glen Campbell. Tchaikovsky to Tricky. Clannad to Cake. Alabina to Apocalyptica. Well, you get the point. Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy Soundtrack is on heavy rotation right now (mood music for writing!)
I love traveling, but I don’t have much free time to do it and only started in recent years. I’ve been to the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, and most recently, Barcelona and Mallorca. Up next on our list is Iceland and then possibly Costa Rica. Eventually, I’d love to make it to Sydney, Tokyo, Beijing, and maybe even Cairo. I speak Arabic, though I haven’t had to use it in years, so I might be able to ask where the bathrooms are (Aiyn al-hammam?)
Now, let me hit on my bona fides before I lose you, and this will be quick – I promise. I have a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Visual Communications and wrote columns and news articles for my college newspaper. I also managed to get an article published during that time in a national monthly for the military. I also have a Master’s in Something-I’ll-Never-Use (Diplomacy…) The idea on that one was to work as a Foreign Service Officer, but the bar on that job field is extremely high.
I co-organize a local writing critique group, and we produced and published an anthology last year titled UNLOCKED: SHORT STORIES FROM THE FREDERICK WRITERS’ SALON. I have a supernatural MG piece in there called BORN OUT OF TIME. We are working on another anthology for 2018. My contribution for this one will be an adult fabulism piece.
I hope this has been…well, if not the best 5 minutes of your life, then at least the not-worst 5 minutes of your life. And to think that it only took me 50 hours to write it. (Just kidding. Maybe.) So that’s all I have. You may now continue onward, my dear visitor. Go out into the world and do great things. I believe in you!
~ D.M. Domosea