Interview with Kevin Domenic

How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I actually started writing in 8th grade for a creative writing assignment. But my first personal project was a sequel to the Super Nintendo video game Final Fantasy III. I wrote it after I finished the game because I didn't want the story to end. That was when I really started to get the itch to create my own stories and worlds. My family read it and thought it was really good. Looking back now, I'm embarrassed by it. But I was thirteen or fourteen, so I guess it wasn't bad for someone of that age.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
Sci-fi/fantasy is my favorite. Typical, I know. What can I say? I enjoy grand adventures and stories of the underdog hero discovering his hidden strength within. It's a theme that we all face every day when met with hardships and challenges. I've included some links below where you can find some of my writing.

Kevin Domenic's Official Homepage: http://kevindomenic.blogspot.com
The Fourth Dimension Series Homepage: http://tfdworlds.blogspot.com
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I need a soda and some video game music on my iPod. A lot of times I'll get in bed with my laptop and type away. Then I get distracted. My attention is easily drawn away by...

Sorry, I was watching TV. What was I saying?
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Anything where the hero overcomes insurmountable odds to bring justice. I love any well-written story where the underdog triumphs over evil. And that's not restricted to fantasy or sci-fi; that sort of tale can be found in almost any genre.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Characters. If you don't have in-depth believable characters with individual personalities and realistic aspirations, the rest of the story tends to fall flat. When writing The Fourth Dimension, my biggest challenge was writing a villain who truly believed that he was the hero. In my opinion, a good villain honestly believes that what he's doing is the right thing for everyone. As for the hero, I am a firm supporter of the good old-fashioned hero of chivalry. Honor, nobility, and all that. The anti-hero rubs me the wrong way. No "good guy" should use questionable tactics to win. It undermines the spirit of conflict, in my opinion.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
I find first person to be easier to write. I can just write whatever I'm thinking as though I'm telling the story around the campfire. However, I can organize my thoughts better in third person. By taking the extra time to craft a story rather than "telling" it, I feel I can better draw the reader into the world I've created. I'm finishing up a book I wrote in first person at the moment. And while I am happy with how it's coming out, it has taken a lot more editing and rewriting than my third person work because I've found description to be much more difficult.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
There are a lot of things required, but I think the most important aspect is a believable motive for the character's actions. A main character can't be heroic just because he's your main character. A villain can't be evil simply because he's the villain. They both must have believable reasons driving their ideals. A good example would be the whole "light side vs dark side" aspect of Star Wars. Now, while I am a fan of the series, I do have small problems with it. The Sith believed that anger, hatred, and treachery was the "right" philosophy to have. That doesn't make any sense to me. A great villain has to honestly believe that he is the GOOD guy.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
The first answer is God. I use some themes in my books to try to get people thinking. Our society assumes it knows everything about our existence. And the existence of a God is pretty much written out of the list of possibilities. All I want is to get people to consider the idea. To see that those of us who still do believe aren't necessarily crazy.

The second answer is the "little guy." As someone who was isolated and bullied growing up, I know what it is like to feel as though you have no place or purpose in this cold cruel world. I try to write to inspire those who think they're insignificant and unimportant. The people who just assume they'll never be able to make a difference. I want to tell those people that they can be as important and influential to the rest of the world as their determination allows them to be. If you want to make a difference, then go out there and do it!
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Absolutely. I started writing to get away from the real world. The schoolyard was a cold place. A lonely place. I wrote my first book because I wanted to create a world where the bullies had a reason to be afraid. A place where the little guy got the upper hand on his abusers. It was a world where I felt safe, important, and significant. The trick is to be sure not to allow that imaginary world to consume you to the point that the real world no longer matters. When writing to escape from the pain of every day life, it is very easy to get sucked in so deeply that your sense of reality begins shift. Important responsibilities and matters are neglected because your depression gets so deep that you no longer care. It's a very thin line to walk.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
For years, my sister would read through everything for me and even make edits. It was extremely helpful and must've been quite time consuming for her. I don't think I really appreciated it then the way I should have, but I sure do now. Thanks again, Lori.
What sites do you frequent online to share experiences or information?
My websites are as follows:

Kevin Domenic's Official Webpage: http://kevindomenic.blogspot.com/
Kevin on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KevinDomenic Kevin on
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kevindomenic
Published 2013-09-07.
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Books by This Author

The Fourth Dimension: The Vezulian Trilogy (3 Volume Bundle)
By Kevin Domenic
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 251,110. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Category: Fiction
Controlled by technology. Forced into slavery. Exiled from his homeworld. Arus Sheeth is a teenage swordsman set to follow in his father's footsteps as a guardian and protector of the kingdom. But when an old adversary emerges from the ashes of war, Arus becomes the centerpiece of a bloody conflict, the ramifications of which stretch far beyond the stars.
Building Blocks
By Kevin Domenic
Price: Free! Words: 70,210. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2011. Category: Fiction
"If this keeps up, I'm going to blow my brains out." It wasn't until I actually said those words that I realized I'd hit rock bottom. I didn't just say them. I meant them.
Eye of the Tornado
By Kevin Domenic
Series: The Fourth Dimension, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,570. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2011. Category: Fiction
War erupts with the third volume of The Fourth Dimension. With his precious amulet stolen and young Arus fighting alongside his nemesis, Kindel Thorus makes a drastic decision that has the potential to collapse the very universe upon itself. Consumed by a thirst for justice, Kindel leads the Vezulian Armada into one final battle determined to either save the universe . . . or destroy it.
Retail Ramblings
By Kevin Domenic
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,630. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
After spending a decade in the service industry, I can say with certainty that the moment the average person enters a retail establishment, his heart shrivels to a blackened lump of selfishness and deceit while his ego grows to levels usually reserved for politicians and corporate executives. Experience the true horror of life through my eyes, the eyes of the customer service representative.
Alliance of Serpents
By Kevin Domenic
Series: The Fourth Dimension, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,440. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2010. Category: Fiction
Alliance of Serpents is Volume II of The Fourth Dimension. It continues the story of Arus Sheeth, a young man torn from his home and thrust into the center of an interstellar war. Caught between three warring factions and mourning the mistakes that led him there, Arus must learn to make peace with his errors . . . or be consumed by them.
Key to the Stars
By Kevin Domenic
Series: The Fourth Dimension, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 78,880. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2010. Category: Fiction
Key to the Stars is Volume I of The Fourth Dimension, a science fiction/fantasy series that follows the journeys of a young man named Arus whose tragic disfigurement leads him to discover that even the harshest storms can be conquered by courage of the heart.