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Author Interview - DAVID DOMINE

Updated: Jul 21, 2018

On the Witch Haunt today, Kentucky-based author of nonfiction guides to haunted places of the South, DAVID DOMINE, tells us about his books and his writing.

WH: Hey, David! Welcome to the blog. Please give us a brief introduction of your fabulous self:

Born and raised in Wisconsin, I went on to study foreign languages and became a literary translator. Most of my 20s was spent abroad. I lived, worked, studied in Mexico, Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy. In the 90s I moved to Louisville, Kentucky, and it's been home ever since. I started writing in my mid-30s, when I worked as a food writer and restaurant reviewer. I eventually started writing books, and the most popular ones turned out to be the collections of stories about allegedly true hauntings in the Victorian neighborhood I called home, Old Louisville. I love to eat, cook, and travel. 

WH: As the old saying goes: Life is what happens while you’re making other plans. What other career would you have if not writing/publishing?

Chef, restaurateur 

WH: I used to own a bakery, so I guess I’m right there with you. What is your writing process like?

Very slow and tedious. I get an idea for a story or a book and then it ferments and putrefies in my brain over the next couple of years. Sometimes I get just the title or a scene and I have to wait for things to start connecting, for the story to develop and reveal itself. Once in a while, I get an idea and start writing right away, but that's the exception to the rule. Once the story has materialized and I start the actual writing, I can get things done quickly, but I'm not one of those writers who can just sit and write till it's done. I'm always going back and revising and changing things. I'm always rereading the sentences to see how they sound. 

WH: Yes, you’re an organic writer, which sometimes takes the longest, but when the dots connect, they connect. Since you’re a foodie, what’s your favorite dessert?

Apple pie

WH: Love it. Especially warm with some ice cream and a dash of cinnamon. Tell us what short story or novel you’re most proud of:

Actually, it would be the memoir about the supposedly haunted house I used to live in: Voodoo Days at la Casa Fabulosa.

WH: Sounds intriguing. I’ll have to check it out. If you could interview any horror author, gone or alive, who would it be?

Mary Shelley

WH: How have you changed as a person from your early life until now?

Good lord, yes. I was so neurotic in my 20s. 

WH: Weren’t we all? How do you like your coffee? What’s your favorite libation?

Strong, black. I live in Kentucky, so bourbon has to be my favorite drink.

WH: I love a good, smooth bourbon. What’s your favorite Halloween tradition?

In Old Louisville, there is a legendary tree where the local witches used to meet. It's gnarled and twisted and covered with trinkets, charms, and offerings to the witches. On Halloween, I always go and leave a token on the tree. I've written about this tree. Find out more here

WH: THAT is a kickass looking tree! I have got to go visit it. Who is your favorite Addams Family character?


WH: You’re the first person to say that on the blog. Love Lurch. What makes a horror novel scary?

Atmosphere, and the author's ability to get into the reader's head; delving into the human psyche.

WH: What is the most awesome thing happening in your life right now that you’d like to share with us?

I just landed an agent for my current project, a true-crime story about a grisly murder in the neighborhood where I used to live, and she's very excited about it. The working title is The Fair but Fickle Mistress of Glitter Ball City. Possible cover blurb: "A sledgehammer. A body in the basement. A bizarre love triangle. Kinky sex, illicit drugs, counterfeit money, female impersonators - and a spooky old house. You couldn't make this stuff up."

Sounds like something I’d devour in one sitting. Good luck on it, David, and thanks for hanging out with me today. I’d love to check out all your ghostly guides and maybe visit a few places. To find out more about David Dominé, visit the following links:

* Website: https://www.facebook.com/david.domine.5

* Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B001JS8ZFY/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0?redirectedFromKindleDbs=true

* Latest release: Voodoo Days at la Casa Fabulosa 

* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/david.domine.5

* Twitter: @david_domine

* Instagram: @bluegrasspeasant

David Domine lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he teaches foreign languages and translation at Bellarmine University. In addition to an MFA in Writing from Spalding University, he has an MA in Spanish Literature from the University of Louisville and an MA in German Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He also completed studies in literary translation at the Karl-Franzens Universitat in Graz, Austria. To date he has published numerous articles and a dozen non-fiction books with topics ranging from folklore and architecture to bourbon, travel memoirs and regional cooking. His stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in publications such as Wisconsin Review, Indiana Voice Journal, Golden Walkman, and Wilderness House Literary Review. His current projects include the forthcoming novel Peter Paul's Kitchen and a true-crime book about the bizarre 2009 murder of drag queen Jamie Carroll and the subsequent trials of alleged killers Jeffery Mundt and Joseph Banis.

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