Suzanne’s note: If I could do it over again, I would use Andrea Domanski ‘s blueprint for life. She’s one of those dynamic young women who make doing it all look easy! I met Andrea on the Secret Facebook Group – Self Publishing Formula where she didn’t hesitate to help me find my way in a confusing world of FB advertising. Organized, prolific and tech savvy, Andrea is on the path to success.
From Andrea Domanski ‘s Website: Born and raised near Toronto, Canada, Andrea Domanski moved south to get away from the snow and cold when she was 24 years old. She now lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband, Mark, their two children, and their Golden Doodle.
After selling her business in 2012, Andrea focused her energies on raising her two children and finding a new career path that excited her. It wasn’t long before she decided that writing a novel – something she’d always wanted to do – would be her next big adventure.
Andrea Domanski is a member of the WorldWiseWriters group and is currently working on the next book in her Omega Group series.
“Domanski’s characters are the right mix of serious, witty and spunky. They could fit in with Buffy’s gang and not miss a bit. I love when a character can deal with life-threatening danger, then turn around and deliver a biting, hilarious one-liner. Domanski excels: Mirissa is just the heroine modern readers are looking for. She’s funny, smart, and an amazing warrior. But most importantly, she is someone the reader can relate to and care for. The author’s ability to mix action, humor and drama means the Omega Group series is a seriously fun read. I’m impatiently waiting for the next book. Come on, MORE PLEASE?”
-Musings of a Wordy Dreamer Blog – JD Faulkner (Author of Mirrored Time)
Meet Andrea Domanski
- How long did it take you to start writing in earnest once you knew that was what you wanted to do?
When I finally realized that “normal” people could actually publish a book, I began writing the story that had been floating around my head for a long time. That book took me almost a year to complete as I knew absolutely nothing. Since that time, I’ve learned a lot and can now publish two books per year if I really push myself.
- Did you launch into self-publishing immediately or did you try the traditional route first?
I’ve never had any interest in going the traditional route. I’m sure, at one point, that was the best way to go for authors, but it just isn’t any more. There’s nothing a traditional publisher can do for me that I can’t do for myself, and I can do it faster and often better. Obviously, I’m a bit of a control freak. I’m sure self-publishing isn’t for everyone, but I can’t imagine ever giving up control of my career (not to mention giving up a huge chunk of my income).
- What was the most difficult part of the journey?
That’s easy. Going through the notes from my editor on my very first book, Crossfire. It came back to me covered in red ink because I’d done pretty much everything wrong. It took weeks just to get through the comments, and weeks more to figure out how to fix my multitude of errors. I admit to my first novel being full of rookie mistakes even now, I’ve just been very lucky to have readers who were willing to forgive me those mistakes and continue on with the series. I like to think that I’ve gotten better with each book, but I’ll always have more to learn.
- You have several books, including a series. Do you want to do a stand alone? Or are you compelled to continue your series? Or both?
As of right now, I have no plans to move on from my Omega Group series. I’m really enjoying the characters and having a lot of fun living in their world. At some point I might try my hand at writing a thriller (my favorite genre outside of my own), but for now I need to see where this series takes me.
- Do you jump right in to write once you get an idea, or do you plan and outline?
When I grow up I want to be an outliner, but for now I’m a total Pantser (I fly by the seat of my pants). When I began my first book, Crossfire, I had absolutely no idea what would happen on page ten, let alone page two hundred. I let the characters develop on the page and followed their lead.
Each book since then has been a little less “pantsy,” and I think I enjoy the process even more now. I have a general overview of the story in my mind before I write it. I like knowing a little of what’s ahead, but I’m not sure I’ll ever drink all of the outliner kool-aid. I kind of like letting my characters lead me. Their ideas are often way better than mine.
- Where do you write? Do you have any rituals or necessities when you write? Is noise a hindrance?
I have a laptop set up in my sunroom. I sit on one end of my couch with my dog at the other and write. I don’t play music or have the TV on in the background as those things tend to compete with the words in my head. I tried, for the very first time, writing at a coffee shop last week and it was a dismal failure. Perhaps it’s that I’m not disciplined enough, but I couldn’t focus on my story for more than a minute at a time. There were just too many interesting people to watch.
- Do you write more than one piece at a time? What’s in the works now?
Definitely not. I’m very linear. When I start a story, I plough through it until it’s finished. Then I start the revisions and complete those. Then it goes to beta readers and then my editor. Once all of that is done, and the book goes live, then I move on to my next story.
- What encourages you to write? Discourages? What do you do to motive yourself through the rough times?
There are any number of things that will discourage me from writing. The “ding” of my email server saying I have a new message; a ringing phone; a beautiful sunny day outside my window. You name it, I can get distracted by it.
In my experience, the best encouragement for me to write is a looming deadline. There’s just something about a date on the calendar circled in red, getting closer and closer, that forces me to focus.
As for how to get through the rough times, I’m still searching for the best way to do that. So far, my only cure is to force myself to put words on paper. They’re usually garbage and will end up being deleted pretty much right away, but they’ll start the process. Eventually, it’ll flow again, just not as quickly as I might like.