Saturday, September 25, 2010
**INTERVIEW With Author DOMONIQUE MAYHAWK**
Author of: "MEET POOKY"
Subtitle: "The New Kid"
Genre: Children's Book
Geri: What inspires you the most to write?
Domonique: My life experiences that I feel could be made into a story. Children also inspire
me to write, as well as reading other stories.
Geri: When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
Domonique: I was writing poems starting back in 2008. I was in my last year at the University
of Michigan Art & Design school. I was working on a script for my movie 'Short'
as my final senior project. I was doing a lot of research on writing for the screen.
I had a lot of stories, but never really thought about writing them down. So, I really
began writing when I was also writing my movie 'Short' script. I landed my first
children's book illustration gig with the author of the book "LJ and the
Dreammaker, six months after I graduated, and I worked with the author for
about a year. I really enjoyed illustrating for children's books, and realized in
November of 2009 that I had a childhood story to share, and I began to write it.
I finished the manuscript in December and put it away for a few months, then
I contacted a self-publishing company to publish it. Once my book was released,
I realized that I love to write for children, so I began to write more and decided
to turn it into a series. I will continue to work on this project.
Geri: Who is your favorite author?
Domonique: One of my favorite children's book authors is Barbara Park of the 'Junie B.
Jones book series.'
Geri: If you were to write in a different genre, what would it be?
Domonique: Comic book series, a teen autobiography, a science fiction fantasy. I have already
started to write for the screen, but just need to continue. I sort of put it on the
back burner for the moment.
Geri: Do you have current work in progress?
Domonique: I have started working on the manuscripts for my second and third books
called Pooky, 'In October and Pooky.' I am thankful for my 'Pooky book
Geri: Thank you for your time. I wish you much success in your writing goals.
Domonique: You're welcome.