Being a writer, I thoroughly enjoy connecting and meeting other writers. I meet my fellow writers through various channels online via social media, friends and colleagues. I decided how I could do this while I am getting to know them better is to introduce these talented writers to you too.
Below is my interview with fellow writer Dominique Petersen.
Please share with us a little bit about yourself.
My husband and I have our own company, New Author Publishing Services, to help authors through the book publishing process. He is an editor and I am a book designer. Previously, I provided my design services to other publishing companies. Seeing everyone else following their dreams encouraged me to follow mine and I now have 4 of my own books published.
When did you begin your writing?
I finished my first interactive book, “Girlfriends Forever!” in 2006, then the follow-up, “Partners Forever?” in 2007. The booklet, “Bonding with Your Partner: 2 Dozen Ways to Deepen Your Relationship” was completed in 2009 and my latest, “Dr. Hook and Me: A Fan’s Journal/Scrapbook” was completed last Spring.
Please tell us about your latest book.
"Dr. Hook and Me” took over a year to write and collect up and put my material in chronological order. Then the manuscript went to the editor and I had several sections sent back for adding to and rewriting. The editing process took just over a year to complete. I then formatted the book, which took several months because it is filled with things like photos and graphics, letters, newspaper clippings, and concert tickets — and is 200 pages long! However, it was a lot of fun putting it together. I wanted it to sound like a journal and have a scrapbook look to it.
Why did you choose to write this book?
I was the Moderator of the online Dr. Hook Featuring Ray Sawyer Fan Club for 7 years and wrote and posted reports on the concerts I attended. Several people said that they loved reading my reports and one woman egged me on to use them in a book about Dr. Hook. Since there are no books written about this band, and since I have been a fan for 40 years, I thought it would be a good topic to write about.
Who is your book geared towards? What is it about?
My book is basically for fans of the band. However, people who have barely heard of the band have also read and enjoyed it. It tells the story of how someone (me) becomes a fan, how if affects her life, what happens when she meets other fans, members of the band — and Dr. Hook himself. So it’s not a biography of the band, but actually a story from a fan’s perspective.
Do you incorporate social media (twitter, facebook, linkedin) for your writing and/ or book?
You can find me on LinkedIn at: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/dominiquepetersen and Facebook at: www.facebook.com/NiksBooks. I'm coming up to 1,500 fans on my Facebook page now!
When it comes to social media — do you prefer one platform over the others? Why?
I like Facebook better than LinkedIn because it is more informal and I can interact with people right on the Wall.
Where can people purchase your books?
At my website.
I’ve been so busy marketing “Dr. Hook and Me” that I haven’t had a chance to even think about the next book. I would like to publish another though. It’s one of those things that you can easily become addicted to. You start with one and before you know it, you have a half-dozen books out there!
How can others contact you?
I’m at NikDesignsGraphics@yahoo.ca or they can join my Facebook page — and feel free to post on the Wall!
Dominique (Nik) Petersen