Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Author Interview: Dominic R. Daniels author of The Damascus Chronicles Series

Dominic R. Daniels, author of The Damascus Chronicles series, stopped by for an interview.



Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a down to earth person with a love for writing and reading books. I love horror movies, heavy metal, electronic dance music and pizza.


What do you do when you're not writing?

I watch and study a lot of movies and I love to read graphic novels. The reason I do this, is because my writing style is very visual. I show my readers the characters but I show them the characters and their lives through my characters own eyes, as if the reader is living the characters life. They the readers of course have become the character and are living in that reality. It’s a movie that plays shot by shot in your imagination.


When did your first start writing?

I first started writing when I was about ten to twelve years old. Mostly I wrote poetry, in high school I wrote heavy metal lyrics then when I got older and became an adult when I was twenty one I started to write novels and after college more unpublished books in anthology stories and spec screenplays.


Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Mario Puzo, Clive Barker, Frank Miller, Anne Rice, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Rod Sterling, Stephen King and HP Lovecraft. Many others were film directors and producers: Neil Jordan, James Cameron, John Woo, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Joss Whedon, Christopher Nolan, Tim Burton, Alex Proyas, Paul Dini, & Greg Weisman.


What inspired you to write this particular book?

It happened just as a random idea at first. I was celebrating my 21st birthday while staying at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, I was out one afternoon with a friend of mine and we were coming back from the Thunder dome at Circus Circus in a yellow taxi cab and the idea just popped in my head. What would be like to have a vampire who runs a night club in Las Vegas? I then got inspired to make a character aka Michael Victor Damascus who was a Brooklyn raised New Yorker and government assassin who formed ties with the Italian Mafia to his friend Jackie Santerini. Both of them childhood friends and raised in rough neighborhoods in New York. Jackie was born into the mafia life and Michael later as adult brought into it, with Michael coming to live in Las Vegas to avenge his sister's death, a fellow colleague in the CIA and find the guy responsible who killed her to take him out and get vengeance, good old fashion street justice.


What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

My favorite chapter in The Damascus Chronicles (Book 1) is the chapter: "The Man Called Lao". I loved writing that chapter because of the merging of Japanese samurai culture with the Italian Mafia culture; you have almost a Matrix like moment where you see Michael being trained in Lao Takai's dojo in the martial arts. It’s like in Star Wars when Luke Skywalker is being trained by Master Yoda with not just a fighting discipline but a mental and psychological belief system of thought, a philosophy really. Through this training, Michael is able to identify his inner weaknesses as a warrior and to improve himself by facing his worst fears and learning to conquer his own inner demons. This helps him grow into strong hero and finding redemption in the series from being a former contract killer and hitman to a savior of the innocents and a noble human being, even though he is a vampire by his physical traits. He still has a human heart in the end and a good one at that.


What is best writing advice you can give?

Read all the works of Joseph Campbell. The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Mask of God Collection and any other of Campbell's works to learn storytelling. Also study screenwriting systems and story development formulas by Michael Hague at his website, www.storymastery.com. Check out www.writersstore.com, the have some of the best courses you can purchase for writers. My second piece of advice is don't stop writing and also learn marketing. Check out John Kremer's Marketing Courses for Authors at www.bookmarket.com.



Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about the book? 


The Damascus Chronicles is currently being expanded at this time. I am writing two more books for this series alone. In time I would look to do spin off novels on the other characters in the series and their rich personal histories.




About the books:

The first book in the series, The Damascus Chronicles takes place in an alternate futuristic dystopian Las Vegas. Michael Damascus, a former government agent turned professional assassin for the Italian Mafia, is trapped between the worlds of organized crime and the supernatural. Betrayed by his family and government, Michael unites with a seven centuries old coven and his mob families' international organization, to defeat a criminal consortium and global secret society of occultists. While preventing the destruction of all creation, he must also protect his orphaned kid-niece who he has taken in (and an ex-love who can't let him go) from his dark gift and double life, with the police commissioner hot on his trail. 

The book is available for purchase at Amazon and CreateSpace.


The Damascus Chronicles: Denizens of the Night continues the adventures of Michael Victor Damascus and his new bride, Serena Bellemont, as they honeymoon in Paris, France. The two vampires are enjoying their new life together after saving the city of Las Vegas from destruction. Michael is getting used to his new life as a vampire and being a member of the Zoratus Coven. The Coven is Serena's legacy and now Michael is a part of it. One night they leave their luxurious hotel suite to go out and enjoy a night on the town and they encounter and kill a supernatural being that is a complete mystery to them. This uncovers a nefarious plot by the Dark Society and when Michael and Serena try to uncover more information about the presence of the demon they killed, they go to the Cathedral of Notre Dame and encounter Dark Society agents.

There is a confrontation and Michael and Serena capture a Dark agent. Under interrogation, the agent reveals a plot by the Dark Society to resurrect the devil in the form of Sagamu with a blood rite on a satanic holy day they call the Eve of Blood. Michael, Serena and the rest of the coven reunite in Paris as they proceed to take on the Dark Society in head on battle grand de force style in Rome, Italy with the city lit up and ready to burn, the Day of Darkness has arrived! A lost forbidden history is discovered, filled with Angels, Demons, and Ceremonial Magicians in a crimson bath of bloodshed and black magic!

The book is available for purchase at Amazon and CreateSpace.




About the author:

Born Dominic Rocky Daniels, in the city of Anaheim, California in 1984, he was raised in San Gabriel, CA. At a young age his passion has always been in films, animation, and storytelling. Trained in fine art at the age of 10, he decided to go into the entertainment business and become a writer. He is a self-taught author and electronic dance music arranger under his Nega Blast X music production brand. He has a Bachelor Degree of Science in Media Arts and Animation from The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles. He has lived in Burbank, for six years and often visits his grandparents, The Nelsons who have been lifelong Burbank residents. In his spare time he reads graphic novels and studies movies, his favorite music is heavy metal.

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