Hello, everyone! Today, Authors to Watch is proud to be part of the release event for A Perfect Man by Cecilia Dominic. As part of the 12 Days to Perfect countdown, I've invited Cecilia to hang out and answer a few questions about her book. She's brought a very special guest, straight from the pages of her new book. ALSO... Cecilia is offering an awesome prize to one very lucky winner! All you have to do is leave a comment below and answer Cecilia's question for you. There's also a link to a Rafflecopter giveaway AND information on how you can follow the tour to win MORE cool prizes!
Let's all give a huge round of applause to Cecilia Dominic!
Thank you so much for having me today, Tricia!
I’m a clinical psychologist in my day job life, so I invite other authors to send me their unpublished characters who are causing them trouble or their published ones who want a little attention for a psychological interview on my blog at www.ceciliadominic.com. I decided to give Seth, the hero of A Perfect Man, the published character interview.
If your character were to go to a psychologist – willingly or unwillingly – what would bring them in? Yes, a court order is a valid answer.
I think Seth would go to see a therapist willingly, although he’s definitely the kind of guy who wants to figure out his problems on his own. He may agree to consult a professional to figure out how to talk to his mother without allowing her to make him feel like an insecure fifteen-year-old.
Is the presenting problem one of the main internal or external conflicts in your book? If so, how does it present itself?
With regard to external conflict, Seth has saved up some money, which has allowed him to enroll in a genre fiction Masters of Fine Arts program and get started, but he’ll soon need the inheritance he was supposed to get when he turned twenty-five. His father died when he was fifteen and left him the money, which his mother has kept in trust for him. He lost the documents in an apartment flood, and his mother has been uncooperative in getting him the information.
Seth meets with his mother to discuss the matter and notices some suspicious behavior. He wonders if she’s cheating on his stepfather, who was the pulmonologist who admitted Seth’s alcoholic biological father the night he died. Seth has always wondered how much of a role his stepfather had in his biological father’s death, although his parents were separated at the time.
The presenting problem is also part of Seth’s internal conflict because he is wary of strong women and tends to avoid them. He needs to develop confidence in himself and his writing abilities, which his mother disparages.
It's always interesting to see how people act when they first enter the office. Do they immediately go for my chair, hesitate before sitting anywhere, flop on the couch, etc.? What would your character do?
Seth would stride to the couch and sit in a semi-closed posture with an ankle crossed over his knee.
Does your character talk to the therapist? How open/revealing will your character be?
Seth would be forthcoming about wanting to learn communication strategies, but he would be more reticent as to exactly why. I don’t think he would bring up the stuff about his father’s death until the third or fourth session, if he even came back for that many. He may not take well to a female therapist.
Your character walks into the bar down the street after his/her first therapy session. What does he/she order? What happens next?
Seth would order a craft beer and chat with the bartender or avoid dealing with people by reading a book on his phone. He might even use what he discovered during session to search for self-help books so he can address the issue himself without further outside help.
When you're building characters, do you have any tricks you use to really get into their psyches, like a character interview or personality system (e.g., Myers-Briggs types)?
I’ll sometimes use the Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator because I find it’s really helpful for defining internal conflict. I have other character interviews I’ll use as well depending on the book and where I feel like I need more information about the character.
How far will she go to find her perfect man? How far will he go to be one?
When Karen Hardeman sets foot on the Foothills University campus, it’s her first step toward proving her abusive ex wrong. Just her luck, her first writing assignment in Intro to Romance sends her in search of the perfect hero—a quest she’s never managed to conquer.
Worse, her professor forces her to collaborate with the most overconfident, annoying guy in the class.
Seth Sayers is also at Foothills to find new direction—preferably one that takes him far away from the family drama that’s followed him since his father’s death. He didn’t mean to humiliate Karen by rewriting her manuscript from the hero’s point of view. He blames the painkillers the ER doctor gave him after stitching up a wine-induced cut on his hand.
As their collaboration progresses, Karen begins to trust Seth with her manuscript, then maybe a little piece of her heart. But Seth’s half-brother resurrects Seth’s suspicions about his father’s death. Until he finds the truth, he can’t be the hero in anyone’s life. Even his own.
Warning: Some alcohol consumption. Okay, writer amounts of alcohol consumption. There are also some adult situations, but nothing too explicit. It is a romance-writing class, after all.
For an excerpt from the first chapter, please check out http://ceciliadominic.blogspot.com/2015/04/a-perfect-man-first-chapter-and.html
A Perfect Man will be released May 12 from Samhain Publishing.
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-perfect-man-cecilia-dominic/1121228853?ean=9781619229464
Samhain (on sale at the time the blog post was turned in): https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5430/a-perfect-man
In one scene in A Perfect Man, some of the female characters order a dessert rumored to be better than sex. What would your ideal dessert be? Comment below for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift certificate, which will be emailed, so please be sure to give your email along with your comment.
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There’s also Rafflecopter giveaway for some grand prizes including a $50 Visa gift card:
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For a full description of all the grand prizes, see: http://ceciliadominic.blogspot.com/2015/04/12-days-to-perfect-blog-hop-preview.html
About the Author:
Cecilia Dominic became a clinical psychologist because she's fascinated by people and their stories, but she couldn't stop writing fiction. By day, she helps people cure their insomnia without using medication. By night, she blogs about wine and writes fiction that keeps her readers turning pages past bedtime. Yes, she recognizes the conflict of interest between her two careers, so she writes and blogs under a pen name. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with one husband and two cats, which, she's been told, is a good number of each. She has been published in short story and novel-length fiction and currently writes urban fantasy, new adult contemporary, and steampunk for Samhain Publishing.
You can find her at:
Web page: www.ceciliadominic.com
Wine blog: www.randomoenophile.com