MY INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER DOMENICO
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Jennifer Domenico. My primary genre is contemporary and erotic romance. I also write Time Travel Romances (think Outlander) under the name J. Domenico.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My latest release, The Thing About Us, is the story of two best friends who find out they’re seeing the same woman. When she doesn’t want to choose, the men are faced with a choice of letting her go or learning to share. The stakes are raised when one of the guys confesses he’s just as into his best friend as he is the woman they date.
The idea came to me from chatting with my bestie about a TV show in England. It’s not based at all on that show, it was just talking about the three characters in the show that eventually turned into an idea for this book. Plus, I just really like writing about men falling in love with each other.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ll answer that as it relates to the trope of a menage. I find it fascinating to consider how three people might equally love each other and how they would navigate that with family, friends, society, and each other. It was my goal to make it as realistic as possible.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Just my fabulous imagination.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I work full time so I write in the mornings and evenings and all weekend long if I’m actively working on a novel. I don’t set daily goals because I’m a pretty fast writer. I just write when I can.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I do! In my contemporary genre I’m working on a new series about a family of siblings who own a vineyard in Napa county. To gain their inheritance, they all must marry. Each book will follow a sibling’s journey to find love.
I’m also working on another MM romance, tentatively titled “Unfinished”. It’s a second chance romance about two men who have to discover if a broken heart can be healed and if the person who broke it can be forgiven. Very slow burn and angsty.
In my Time Travel genre, I’ve just finalized a new cover for my first book in that genre called Lost Within. Later in the year, I hope to release another series called Timeless Destiny.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Super important! It’s like naming a child in some ways I think. I don’t tend to have meanings to names, but more just a name that really “feels” like the character, and also sounds nice on the lips of the person they love.
Where do your ideas come from?
No idea hahaha. Songs, movies, life, I guess.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
That’s how the time travel genre was born. Technically I think MM could be considered a genre. I definitely want to write more in that lane.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The middle part. Keeping that part going in between conflict and the happy ending.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I like them. I don’t think they are as popular as they used to be, but I have one for a few of my books. My BDSM duet, Reckless Devotion has a trailer that I just adore.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Actually writing and publishing 20 books in a crowded industry!
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Writing stories you want to read, letting your imagination take you wherever it wants to, finding people who dig what you do.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still writing, but branching into non-fiction work too.
Have you always liked to write?
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Work on craft. Write the best book you can. Invest in the things that make it better: editors, beta readers, good cover designers. Build a newsletter list and take time to celebrate the fact that you wrote a book, regardless of how it does in the marketplace.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I have no idea. Probably nothing very interesting.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I only read reviews directly sent to me. I tend to avoid reading them on Amazon or Goodreads for the simple reason that they are not meant for me, but for other readers. I appreciate getting them as they help increase visibility so other readers might consider my book. Some readers might feel sad to hear some authors don’t read them, but I hope they don’t. Submitting a review, whether good or constructive, helps the author overall.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Sure. How about the tense moment when Nolan realizes the man who broke his heart is back?
“Giuseppe?” His eyes widen. “Oh my god. It’s you.”
I smile. “It’s me. God, how are you?”
“How am I?” He steps back as his body tenses. He offers me a slight shrug. “I don’t even know how to answer that. You’ve been gone for three years.”
He remembers how long it’s been. “Just got back today.”
“Back? What does that mean?”
“Back. Home. I live here now, Brooks.”
“Nolan,” he corrects through slightly clenched teeth. “No one calls me that anymore.”
“Okay, Nolan. Thought you hated your first name.”
“Like I said, you’ve been gone for three years. Why are you back? I thought we weren’t good enough for you.”
I tilt my head. “Oh come on, Brook— Nolan. I never said that.”
“You didn’t have to. Your actions spoke loud enough.”
“I did what I thought was right.”
Nolan’s eyes narrow. “Okay, we’ll go with that.”
Where did your love of books come from?
Being encouraged to read as a child.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Too many to name.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Oh boy, that’s a tough one. I really love Luca from Londyn Falls because he’s just so tragic and broken. I love Gabriel from Reckless Devotion because he’s a hot mess and needs sorting. Recently, I’ve fallen in love with Luc from The Thing About Us, my latest release. He’s so sexy and confident and willing to open himself up to a whole new world. He stumbles, but works through it, and loves with his whole heart.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
If I’m in the zone and really feeling a story, then it’s energizing. If the opposite is true, I put that project aside for a while.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to find the balance. One thing about me is I don’t write a lot of unnecessary drama for the sake of drama. I try to keep my storylines realistic. Some readers like this and some don’t, but I’m not a fan of overly dramatic plots. I also stay in my lane. There are some very popular tropes out there that I know I wouldn’t be good at so I just stay out of it.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’m lucky to have a large group of friends to bounce ideas off of. I think they help me more in terms of marketing and appealing to readers, which is invaluable.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Nevertheless, she persisted.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Why do you think readers should give your books a try?
Because I’m eclectic and offer something for nearly everyone, because I focus on character development, plot, and dialogue, sprinkled with steamy scenes, and because I could have a hidden gem that becomes your favorite book.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️