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Regina Doman: An Interview – Fiction that Evangelizes the Imagination

Regina Doman writes and edits fiction for teens, adults, children, and enjoys working on scripts (for graphic novels, audio dramas, movies, or whatever!) when she has the chance. Her work can be found at www.ChestertonPress.com, the company she owns, which specializes in publishing and distributing fun Catholic fiction. While you read Regina Doman’s interview below, enjoy her answers. Eventually, you will be enjoying her answers. As a matter of fact, the answers seem coming straight from the heart. Hence it makes it quite interesing.

Welcome, Regina Doman.

Regina Doman: An Interview - Fiction that Evangelizes the Imagination

Your real name and pen name?

Regina Doman is my maiden name. My husband suggested I use it as my pen name since my married name is longer and harder to spell. Doman, pronounced like “Roman” is easier.

Please share some of the best memories of your childhood

I was the oldest of ten children and some of my best memories were creating and directing plays acted out by my talented and tolerant younger siblings. We had quite a theatrical troupe. That’s where my interest in storytelling began – and I admit I approach a story from the view of a theatrical director, one reason why they’re fairly visual.

Regina Doman: An Interview - Fiction that Evangelizes the Imagination

What career did you plan during your education days

I planned to be a scriptwriter, and I’ve been fortunate enough to actually write a few and see them into production and release. All small projects, but fun.

What languages you can speak and write?

Only English. I have no talent for learning other languages, but I can decipher a bit of Latin and understand a bit of Spanish when spoken slowly. ๐Ÿ™‚

What is your biggest source of inspiration in life?

My Catholic faith, which I was lucky enough to be born into, and fortunate enough to realize what I had been given.

Regina Doman planned to be a scriptwriter

What hurts you most in this world?

Cruelty and callous disregard for the suffering of others.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it?

Learning to become a kind and thoughtful human being. I am by temperament a selfish jerk. I still struggle with it. Have I overcome it? Ask my family if you want an honest answer. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personality, who would it be and why?

Pondering this question, which I’ve never been asked, I found I feel an enormous responsibility to be the person I was created to be, and somehow wanting to be someone else would be a betrayal of that.

What is your favorite genre and why?

Probably mystery and suspense. Because it’s challenging to create a really good fair play mystery and I like writing scary things.

When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing?

I have always written. As a matter of fact, I feel it’s a call on my life, something I just do as part of living. Although I do feel agitated when a long time goes by without my writing, but then it is part of life.

My purpose, if I have any, is to help make order out of chaos: to give hope for meaning.

Regina Doman has written about a dozen books

Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share a synopsis of your work?

You can see nearly all of it here. To date, I’ve helped to author about a dozen books and have edited about two dozen more. My most popular books are YA novels I wrote some years back based on fairy tales. I take a fairy tale, analyze it, put it into a modern setting, and retell the story, using “ordinary” magic, not fantasy magic, because ordinary life is more magical than most of us realize.

The first one in the series, The Shadow of the Bear, based on the fairy tale “Snow White and Rose Red” is the bestseller and a good place to start if you like to read a series in order. But the best-loved book in the series would have to be Waking Rose, book 3 in the story, based on “Sleeping Beauty.” It’s my ode to unrequited love and everything it embodies.

(BTW in terms of numbers, Angel in the Waters, my first picture book, is my best-seller, having sold over 130,000 copies. The entire book can be read online here, but people still love to buy it and give it to children and expectant parents as gifts.)

What are your forthcoming writings?

For the past decade, I’ve been working on this sort of epic Biblical fantasy trilogy, with five planned follow-up novels. It’s been quite a challenge, and none of them are finished. Yet.

Regina Doman: An Interview - Fiction that Evangelizes the Imagination

Regina Doman is in search of a right trade publisher

What genres you write in and why?

Young adult fiction, fairy tale retellings, Catholic fiction, romantic comedy, comic books, audio dramas, screenplays, picture books, adult novels. Currently attempting fantasy.ย  I have edited in most of these genres as well, including mystery and women’s fiction and grade school fiction. Lots of stuff I’ve done can be found at www.ChestertonPress.com.

How do you plan, schedule and monitor your writing commitments?

I snatch and steal time for writing from other commitments. So generally I write when I should be doing something else. Usually, these days, sleeping.ย 

What are your future plans?

Publishing the aforementioned trilogy, with the right trade publisher. I am in search of one now.

What four top most things you take care of while writing a book?

In order of personal importance: Plot. Character. Theme. And then making sure my reader is having an awesome time reading.

How much real life goes into a fiction writing?

Not enough to scare anyone who lives with me or knows me well. I try to respect other people’s privacy. Although I love writing, friendship is more important to me, and that’s based on trust. If I use aspects of someone else’s life, I usually tell them, and try to make the fictional version of them look really cool. But I usually change more than I use, to protect privacy.

Your origin of birth and other countries you have visited/ stayed. What best things you liked in these countries around the globe?

I was born in America and have alas, only traveled overseas once on pilgrimage, to Italy, which was magnificent. But I enjoy talking to those who’ve come from other countries and hearing their stories and experiences.ย 

Regina Doman loves reading That Hideous Strength

Favorite time of the day?

Early morning. Especially when I can have breakfast with my husband. Alone. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

What is the last book you finished reading? What is the current book you are reading?

Brave Companions by David McCollough, a collection of essays, focused on brave individuals. I love McCollough’s work. My favorite thing to do when I’m not reading Paul Johnson. Currently reading Paul Johnson’s History of the American People and re-reading his History of the Jews.ย  My favorite kind of reading is history (not historical fiction, but actual history), but I also love myths and fairy tales, religion and psychology, sociology, and anything that helps me understand humanity better.

Your favorite book and why?

That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis. It has everything I love in a story: something numinous, something delightful, something profound, and lots of very scary and creepy moments. Plus Merlin!

Your favorite food?

Meat. Some kind of steak cooked rare: venison, lamb, beef, fish, pork. And mushrooms. Ummm.

Your favorite sports?

Walking. Preferably on a quiet country road, in the morning.

What is the force that drives you?

Currently, gasoline in a 5.7 L V8 engine on 1999 Suburban, green.

What comes to your mind when you think of India?

My favorite Bollywood movie: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

And the amazing clothing the women of India wear. I could google Indian fashions forever, and Pinterest most of them!

Some quickies:

Sun or Moon

Moon. I don’t like the sun very much. More drama and mystery at night. Much of my love of the moon is captured in my book The Midnight Dancers.

Laughter or Smile

Laughter, since if I laugh when I write something, there’s a chance it will actually be funny. Smiling doesn’t cut it.

Regina Doman loves long drive in a quiet car

Morning or Evening

Morning. New start to the day. Right now, it’s when I do my writing before the sun rises.

Coffee or Tea

Both. I drink about a pot or two of black tea a day when I’m at home. I am a social coffee drinker: I drink coffee mainly with others.

Mountain or Sea

I am afraid of heights, depths, loud noises, and going too fast. So I want to say Sea… but that has depths. But I do know how to swim, and I don’t know how to climb mountains or survive falling off one … so Sea.

Long Drive or Short Drive

Long Drive in a quiet car is where I solve most plot problems.

Silence or Conversation

I’m an extrovert: conversation invigorates me. One of the highest joys of life is a good conversation.

Water or Fire

I like fire. Preferably fire contained in an iron box, connected to a chimney, with a kettle of tea on top and a cat or dog snoozing in front, next to a soft couch with a good light, and a good book nearby.

Air or Earth

Earth. See fear of heights.

Mars or Jupiter

Probably Mars. War is interesting for books. Also closer to Earth.

Tulip or Rose

Rose, my favorite, always. Symbolizes mystery and many layers, like a good story.

Red or Blue

I would go for Red. Red states, too. I’m a pragmatic, conservative, religious, and very reluctant Republican.

No one’s perfect.

Left or Right

Right. My left brain doesn’t really work well… reminds me of…

“We shall abolish right and wrong!”

“And right and left too,” Syme said eagerly. “They are so much more trouble to me.”

– GK Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday.

Regina Doman treats writing a good career to age in

What three words come to your mind for each โ€“

Technology

Changes Human Culture

(see this book)

Life

Without God, Stinks

God

Is Not Me

Humanity

Hard to Love

Terrorism

No One Wins.

Racism

Stupid Evil Lies

Childhood Abuse

Not Treasuring Children

Love

What Everything Means

Parenting

Nobody’s good at it.

(OK that’s four…)

Old age

Writing career enhancement

(Ie: When I am old, I hope to do my finest writing. Writing is a good career to age in.)

State your signature line/ tagline/ best quote

According to Goodreads, this is my most popular quote:

โ€œEvery once in a while you just have to decide to do something very crazy and very right–just to dare yourself to live. I don’t mean doing something stupid and destructive–just something fun and good and beautiful.โ€
โ€•Regina Doman, The Shadow of the Bear

Regina Doman: An Interview - Fiction that Evangelizes the Imagination

And one of my personally favorite inspiring quotes:

โ€œFairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.โ€

G.K. Chesterton

 

Tagline

for my company, Chesterton Press:

Fiction that Evangelizes the Imagination

 

Links related to Regina Doman:

For ISBN, I’ll just do the interview for my first book THE SHADOW OF THE BEAR since it’s the most popular – but feel free to mention my other books via Goodreads.

ISBN-10:0981931804

ISBN13: 9780981931807

Publisher: Chesterton Press

Twitter handle: @reginadoman

Facebook page:https://www.facebook.

Goodreads author page:https://www.goodreads.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/

Any other links: www.ChestertonPress.com www.reginadoman.com

While closing the interview with Regina Doman, I must than her for these fabulous answers. Although it was a time taking exercise, she gracefully answered them. Hence I wish her al the best on behalf of all my readers and her fans.

A fabulous interview of Regina Doman

Although the complete interview is quite interesting, I picked some of the best lines:

My husband suggested I use it as my pen name since my married name is longer and harder to spell.

All small projects, but fun.

I have no talent for learning other languages, but I can decipher a bit of Latin and understand a bit of Spanish when spoken slowly. ๐Ÿ™‚

I still struggle with it.

Because it’s challenging to create a really good fair play mystery and I like writing scary things.

I take a fairy tale, analyze it, put it into a modern setting, and retell the story, using “ordinary” magic, not fantasy magic, because ordinary life is more magical than most of us realize.

But the best-loved book in the series would have to be Waking Rose, book 3 in the story, based on “Sleeping Beauty.”

(BTW in terms of numbers, Angel in the Waters, my first picture book, is my best-seller, having sold over 130,000 copies. The entire book can be read online here, but people still love to buy it and give it to children and expectant parents as gifts.)

So generally I write when I should be doing something else.

And then making sure my reader is having an awesome time reading.

Although I love writing, friendship is more important to me, and that’s based on trust.

But I usually change more than I use, to protect privacy.

I was born in America and have alas, only traveled overseas once on pilgrimage, to Italy, which was magnificent. But I enjoy talking to those who’ve come from other countries and hearing their stories and experiences.

Especially when I can have breakfast with my husband.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not reading Paul Johnson.

Regina Doman: An Interview - Fiction that Evangelizes the Imagination

Thank you, and all the best Regina Doman

My favorite kind of reading is history (not historical fiction, but actual history), but I also love myths and fairy tales, religion and psychology, sociology, and anything that helps me understand humanity better.

Laughter, since if I laugh when I write something, there’s a chance it will actually be funny.

Right now, it’s when I do my writing before the sun rises.

I drink about a pot or two of black tea a day when I’m at home.

I am afraid of heights, depths, loud noises, and going too fast. So I want to say Sea… but that has depths. But I do know how to swim, and I don’t know how to climb mountains or survive falling off one … so Sea.

Also closer to Earth.

Red, states too.

“And right and left too,” Syme said eagerly. “They are so much more trouble to me.”

(Ie: When I am old, I hope to do my finest writing.

For ISBN, I’ll just do the interview for my first book THE SHADOW OF THE BEAR since it’s the most popular – but feel free to mention my other books via Goodreads.

And finally a small request. While you read Regina Doman’s interviw, do leave your comments. Although it will take some time, but that is how it can be mde more interactive. And all the best to Regina once again.

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