Today we’re interviewing Keith Domingue, author of the thriller novel, Luthecker. Keith is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles, and has written scripts for MGM Studios, Dimension Films, and Village Roadshow Pictures. His first original screenplay ONE THIRD, is being produced by Safady Entertainment and Lions Gate Films, and is scheduled to begin production in 2014. LUTHECKER is his first novel.
Thank you for this interview, Keith. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I’ve been writing professionally for about twelve years. I started as a screenwriter, doing writing assignments for various film studios, such as MGM and Dimension. That stopped during the Writer’s Guild strike of 2007, and it took a couple years before work started flowing again, at least for me. It was during this time that I first began to consider writing a novel. I finally got around to actually writing it in 2012.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
I’ve always been fascinated by intuition and how we all to some degree can predict the outcome of other people’s (but not often our own) decisions. At least we feel that we can. I wanted to take that concept and create a character with the ability to do exactly that with an uncanny degree of accuracy.
In LUTHECKER, the main character Alex Luthecker, can read patterns of behavior and the habits of an individual to the degree that he can predict the outcome of their life, up until and including when and how they will die.
It created an interesting character, in that Alex vacillates between isolation and participation in the world, depending on the circumstance. Of course, others in the world would see him as an asset to their own cause, and he must choose exactly who and what cause he will align himself with.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I’ve always been a fan of thrillers, and I felt that this concept and character would present unique “man on the run” possibilities.
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
The discipline of actually sitting down to write the book, in all candor.
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
I decided I would self-publish at the onset. One of the biggest reasons that I wanted to write a novel is that I wanted to avoid the “development process” that is part and parcel to the screenwriting trade. Through my lawyer I had interacted with one major agent in New York, and although they claimed interest in the book, they wanted changes to be done, and it all was going to take forever, all of which defeated the reason I had wanted to write a novel in the first place. So I put it together myself, letting the readers decide if I had done a good job.
Was it the right choice for you?
Absolutely. The first reason was the reviews. I was so flattered by the positive response I received, particularly among women. I was really taken aback by it. For this I am truly grateful.
And it has come full circle—I am working with television producers to adapt the novel into a television series.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
I haven’t done a great deal, actually. Facebook was the primary viral instrument, and it worked pretty well. Amazon Kindle Select has also had an impact. And I just hired a consultant to arrange for a virtual book tour, which is what led me here!
How is that going for you?
So far, so good. I will admit, I do need to spend more time on this element though.
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
I made a push to get as many (legitimate) reviews on Amazon as possible. Not the cheerleader type, (although those are welcome), but the more in depth reviews. My best one-day sale came the day after a blogger posted her review.
Do you have another job besides writing?
I have a private practice in the post-rehab and fitness field.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Get as many legitimate reviews on Amazon as you can.
What’s next for you?
The sequel to Luthecker, and doing my best to setting up the novel series on television. Cross your fingers for me!
Thank you for this interview, Keith. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
You can find me on facebook. Search for facebook.com/keith.domingue, or facebook.com/Luthecker
You can pick up a copy of Keith Domingue’s book at AMAZON.