Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Ellen Dominick
Your Name or Pen Name you use: Ellen Dominick
Title of the book you are promoting: Chikan: Taken in Public on the Morning Train
Link to purchase your Book: http://ganxy.com/i/79835/ellen-dominick/chikan-taken-in-public-on-the-morning-train
Welcome ED…I, LH have some questions for you 😉
LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?
ED: I’ve always wanted to be an author. I don’t know why, but I didn’t understand that an author was something that you could be until I read Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire and looked at the back cover with the picture of her on it. I guess I thought, “Hey, this lady wrote this. People write books! I wanna write a book!”
LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?
ED: I was one of those kids that is sad that the library had a 99 book check-out limit. In other words, I read a lot. So my influences come from everywhere!
Anne Rice, Henry Miller, Tanis Lee, and Anais Nin are responsible for my interest in the erotic. I’ve been told that my non-erotic writings remind people of Jhumpa Lahiri.
LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?
ED: I’m an indie author.
LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?
ED: I don’t think I’d have problems being published, but I’m also not searching for it. I think many people shy away from indie publishing because they want that official mark of recognition that they are awesome at writing. I’m not really looking for that. I’m lucky enough that I’ve already gotten that kind of approval in other arenas. For me, traditional publishing would be all about getting help to put my work out there.
LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?
ED: You know, my answer as a little kid was Martin Luther King Jr., but now I’d either invite Zadie Smith or Nicki Minaj, or both. Wouldn’t that be a crazy dinner party? I wouldn’t talk about music or books.
LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest offenders. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Which form of media do you think is the worst offender?
ED: As an erotica author, it would be kind of weird for me to say there’s too much sex, wouldn’t it? I think the way that we, particularly Americans, deal with sex is problematic and nearly schizophrenic. The message of prudish, abstinence-only, pure sexuality is pushed at the same time as companies make bikinis for infants and tell young children they must be sexy. Rape culture is reinforced on an everyday basis. My problem is not with the quantity of sexual things we encounter, but with the content and message behind them.
Oh, and don’t get me started on violence. We’d be here all day.
LH: I’m a huge softie and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?
ED: Eliminate economic inequality. I think that’s actually the first building block for world peace, and it’s totally something achievable. Nations that have low economic inequality nearly always have low rates of violence and high rates of all that cool stuff like happiness and education.
LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?
ED: I’m a pretty visual person, so I still love covers! Seriously, the current digital culture is an increasingly visual one, so it’s not surprising that they would become more important than they already were.
Covers catch my eye, get me intrigued. I hate to say it, but I’m guilty of judging books by their covers. Design is important!
LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?
ED: Like I said earlier, I’ve always wanted to be an author. I remember starting to write when I was ten or so, and hiding the pages away under my clothes so that no one could find them! I was so embarrassed. It took me a while before I got confident enough to show anyone what I wrote.
LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?
ED: I’m all about prose and originality. All of my favorite books are beautifully written with unique points of view. Characters and plots are cool, but I really read to see something that I’ve never seen before.
LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?
ED: I normally start from an idea. It could be a word, an image, anything like that. Then the story grows around it. I used to be a pantser, flying totally blind into writing, but I’ve learned the joys of outlines since then. Still, my favorite part of writing is when my own story surprises me.
LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?
ED: I’m working on a Femdom story that turns the whole billionaire dom idea on it’s head. The world has enough billionaire alphas, don’t you think? I’m always rooting for a strong female character.
LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?
ED: I’ve only written and published 2 erotica books so far! I’m a newbie!
LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?
ED: I won’t lie, I write for both! Writers have got to eat too! Writing has always been my job, and I’m not really sure I’m qualified to do anything else anymore. So I’d love to make a living off of erotic writing, but it’s also tons of fun.
LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?
ED: My family would not approve of me writing erotica. Let’s just say it’s our little secret, okay?
LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?
ED: Writer’s block isn’t my problem, perfectionism is my problem. This is actually my favorite part of writing erotica, because it’s teaching me how to deliver. It really kicks my butt and makes me push stories out into the world.
LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?
ED: Just write. Don’t worry about how much you suck, or what anyone will say, or if it’s a waste of time. You probably do suck (but that’s what editing is for), ignore the haters, and writing is good for your soul so it’s never a waste of time.
LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?
ED: Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like if I took my fancy pants degrees and got a traditional fancy pants job. But then I think, I wouldn’t be me! Who needs fancy pants?
LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?
ED: Come on Leanna, everyone knows that you can’t disturb the past because it will cause inconsistencies in the time stream!
LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?
ED: I would probably jump up and down and scream. That’s my default reaction to anything awesome that happens to me. I’d definitely tell my husband first. I’m really shy, but they don’t need me to be in the movie so I think I’d be fine.
Thank you for a very smart and funny interview ED!…Now… for the fun stuff!
Favorite Beverage? Gin and Tonic
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath, hands down
Favorite Color? Grey
Take out or Dine in? Dine in
Camping or Hotel? Hotel (Camping, what’s that?)
Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate. I am the worst at knowing anything about sports.
Dogs or Cats? Cats, maybe? I’m not a big pet person. Does that make me horrible?
Favorite Food? Yasai Tempura (Lightly fried Japanese veggies)
Favorite Song? “Venus as a Boy” by Bjork
Favorite Movie? Dreams by Kurosawa
Favorite Car? Um…I know nothing about cars except they have wheels and take me places.
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Sex
And now for the essay part of the interview 😉
If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?
ED: I’d go to the Sundarbans, which is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site straddling Bangladesh and Bengal. I’d love to meet the fishermen and other people who live there, and to see the unique animals. And hopefully not get eaten by Bengal tigers. I’d take my husband because I’m a big softie and I kind of like him.
Thanks for having me!
Thanks for spending this time with us and make sure to pick up your copy of Ellen Dominick’s
Chikan: Taken in Public on the Morning Train