Monday, October 28, 2013

Blog Tour: Interview with Keith Domingue, author of 'Luthecker'




Keith Domingue 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. Connect & socialize with Keith on FACEBOOK.

About the Book:

ALEX LUTHECKER lives off of the grid. He prefers the comfort of the night. He avoids the crowded and chaotic daylight hours, because the relentless anxieties of the multitudes overwhelm him. This is because Alex has a rare gift. He is a pattern reader. Patterns in nature, patterns in social groups, patterns in individual
behavior, he can recognize them all. With one conversation, he knows all of your secrets. He can tell you exactly who you are. He can tell you exactly how your life is going to end.
For Alex, it’s not magic. It’s math.
NICOLE ELLIS works in the energy business. She trades futures in the lifeblood of civilization: crude oil. With the help of her patented pattern recognition software, PHOEBE, she has the uncanny ability to predict trends in oil production and consumption. And at the tender age of twenty-five, she is recognized as one of the best in the business, with the bank account to show for it.
For Nicole, who grew up with nothing, the world is hers.
RICHARD BROWN was a highly respected intelligence officer during both Gulf Wars. He oversaw rendition squads, making sure that his interrogators didn’t cross the line into torture, and if they did, that no one would ever be the wiser. The only thing that mattered to the government was that Brown always got his man. His track record of success allowed his move into the private sector, eventually heading the corporate entity known as Coalition Properties, the largest military contractor in U.S. history.
For Brown, the commodity he trades and sells is power.
A terrorist attack on a Saudi oil refinery sets the paths of all three on a collision course, an encounter that threatens to upset the balance of power in the world. Alex must learn to forge relationships and become a leader in order to save the lives of not only himself and Nicole, but also those of his loose band of allies, as he becomes one of the most sought after fugitives in history.
Purchase your copy at AMAZON.   

Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m usually at the gym.  In addition to writing, I also have a private practice in the post rehab and fitness field.

When did you start writing?

I started as a screenwriter roughly twelve years ago.  I’ve been fortunate enough to work for film studios such as MGM, Dimension Films, and Village Roadshow Pictures.  LUTHECKER is my first novel.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

Most pivotal point would be my first for hire writing assignment.  It was the first time I truly felt like a “pro.”  The next would be the response I got from reviewers from my novel.  I was flattered and honored by their praise.  It was the first time I felt like a true “writer.”

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

China, and by extension, Tibet.  I’m currently writing the sequel to LUTHECKER, and part of it takes place in that region of the world.  I find it’s history quite fascinating.  I am in hopes to one day visit.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

I guess more of everything.  I think the goldfish / fishbowl principle applies here.  As in, the more time you have, the more you find things to fill it with.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

Japan, at the height of the Samurai era.  I studied martial arts for over fifteen years, and love the concept of singular devotion to a craft or a belief, and the idea that it has great honor.  It an entirely foreign concept to Western culture.

Back to your present book, Luthecker, how did you publish it?

I decided to publish it myself.  One of the reasons that I wrote a novel, in all candor, was freedom to do exactly what I wanted, uninfluenced by any “gatekeepers.”  I wanted nothing to stand between my story and readers.  I would let them to decide whether or not I had written a good story.  And I would accept their verdict, either way.  I’ve been honored by the reviews thus far.  And grateful.  It was the best decision I could have ever made. 

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

Only via Google!  Perhaps next time…

Why was writing Luthecker so important to you?

I needed to know if I could do it.  I needed to know if I could entertain at that level. It would either be a confidence booster or a soul crusher.  I’m very relieved that it turned out to be the former, not the latter!

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

By reading, by interacting with others, by exploring the world.  Around every corner there is a story. 

Any final words?

Thank any and all who took interest in this interview.  And check out the reviews of LUTHECKER on Amazon, I hope you’ll give my novel a try! 

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