Hi, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
It's a pleasure. I'm grateful for the opportunity to engage with you all.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Certainly, my name is Dominik Kirtaime and I live in Germany with my family. We decided to settle here after I finished my military career. I originally come from Bristol, in the west country of England.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I would really like to continue with different adventures of the characters from my debut novel, rather than completely different works.
Which writers inspire you?
It must be Herbert , King and Koontz.
So, what have you written?
I wrote The Perennial Migration. A Sci-Fantasy adventure where a small group of humans while surviving an apocalyptic virus, uncover an ancient agenda designed to breach the humans' Galactic contract for Earth's surface. The Reptilians are rising above ground to claim back what they believe to be rightfully theirs, and cannot be stopped. Mankind must migrate! Read about Reptilian encounters, the World Administration conspiracies and how man, mother nature and other species join forces to make the most unique migration ever.
Where can we buy or see them?
The book is available in eBook and softcover formats on all Amazon sites, B&N and eBook only on Smashwords:
What marketing techniques worked for your book/s?
I find that interacting with readers via my blog has been the most rewarding
What do you advice writers who want to be successful?
As an indie author you need patience. It may take years before your name is out there. So do keep at it – explore reaching out to groups in your genre and interact on forums and social media platforms.
Do you have any advice of how to sell more books?
I would say to just be around to respond to every email or social media post you receive either about yourself or your works.
Do you have any other interests or business other than writing? Tell us a little about them/it?
I do like to fish and often take a break, snatching my rod and tackle and get out to a nearby lake or river.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
There many characters in this story and on my website I have them all listed. I would love to hear from readers about which of the characters is their favourite.
For now I would like to mention Larsst, who is devious three metre tall male reptilian. He is quite young at the age of 130 and does have his claws in different baskets so to speak. While manipulating a human secret agenda he orchestrates an apocalypse on Earth, and uses his galactic council position to legalize the battle for the Earth's surface.
What are you working on at the minute?
I am working on a sequel to The Perennial Migration.
What’s it about?
Many readers may not be expecting a sequel, now that a galactic contract prohibits the return to Earth for all who migrated - Wait and see! Who knows what adventures lie ahead for the Tiarians.
What genre are your books?
I would say a nice cross-over of Fantasy/Sci-Fi
What draws you to this genre?
It is what my writing of this story eventually fitted into I would say. I did not actually choose the genre before I started.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Now let's see.... for Larsst, I would like to see Gary Oldman
How much research do you do?
I felt first of all that dedicated research might bias or impede my creative writing flow. But I did research in depth the various reptilian conspiracy theories – this was important for the forming of the various reptilian characters.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
When did you decide to become a writer?
Well it was a child-hood dream of mine, but it was not until later in life that I put pen to paper.
Why do you write?
I do not have any specific reason – I just write when it feels right to do so.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
During the last decade before I started, I thought more and more about making my child-hood dream come true – to write a book.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
As and when
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
PC, net-book and longhand
Where do the your ideas come from?
Astrology, conspiracy theories, nature
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I start with multiple plots and see how I can combine, some I add or delete. I do have a vague outline, but it remains flexible as I write. Also before I start I make some character profiles. With those basics I then proceed and let my ideas lead.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Better than I thought initially. At first I was not sure whether I could just type away or if I would for example have to consider the story-line part for part and type up in between.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Distractions. I need to be alone when writing.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
What is the easiest thing about writing?
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Difficult to measure as at present I have only written my debut work. I can disclose that I did not complete the book within twelve months.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Yes I did and I was not sure at the time if I should finish the book.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I found talking to friends and relatives about it helped – I was surprised how supportive everyone was and I found that the block then suddenly lifted and I approached the writing again with the same creativity as I did at the start.
What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
I fully support it and admire those authors who are dedicated to producing one book series or more.
Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I read daily. My favourite authors are Herbert, King and Koontz.
For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I comfortably read books in all three formats.
What book/s are you reading at present?
A usually have a pile of books waiting to be read. Recently got round to reading Ash – The last book James Herbert wrote before he passed away.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I do that myself.
Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about?
The first cover design had a tree with entrance, as in the story. The purple globe symbolized the wrist-chip virus and the black robed reptilian was the character Larsst. The second design, which is the current one is the reptilian eye.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Yes, I would say the most important. The current cover for the Perennial Migration is the second one.
How are you publishing this book and why?
It was the modern indie publishing solutions that assisted in getting the eBook kindle format published online. I then used Create Space to get the softcover format distributed.
What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
I respect any writer who takes up the challenge of indie publishing and where possible I provide advice, tips (not that I would class myself an expert) and help their promotions via social media platforms, forums and groups. So while as an indie author your initially on your own to promote your works to the world of readers, you are independent and can implement all your ideas for advertising, distribution, promotions and marketing channels. I cannot comment yet regarding being under contract of a publishing house for example but can imagine to reach that league would be a great achievement.
How do you market your books?
I have profiles on most social media platforms. I am members of various Sci-Fi groups. I listen to advice from other indie authors. I strongly recommend to reach to other authors – I was overwhelmed by the positive response I got when I started posting questions and asking for advice, in social network author groups.
Why did you choose this route?
The Internet not only enable eBook indie publishing, it also provides an endless platform for book marketing.
Would you or do you use a PR agency?
Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
Regularly carry out Internet searches for advice on book marketing for indie authors – a lot of the content you come across is free information.
What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?
I find that marketing never stops and while I do allocate time daily for this would like to devote more time to writing. After all I am a writer and prefer to write rather than become a marketing talent – but as an indie author you have to learn the ropes of all the tasks that come with published works.
What do you do to get book reviews?
I joined several review groups on social media platforms and reached out via my blog.
Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?
Actually yes. I started to receive emails from people asking how to stop reptilian hosting (a reptilian conspiracy issue where reptilians living in the 4th dimension come into this world by entering a human host). Obviously I was concerned, especially as these people were seeking help with an issue I had only come across during my research into the reptilian conspiracy. Of course I had to explain that I am a Fantasy/Sci-Fi author and that all the characters in my book are fictional.
What’s your views on social media for marketing?
You need to at least have a profile and very single platform and link to then from your website. Provide readers with all available communication and connection channels. While it's fine to promotion your works in the appropriate groups, do not spam those connected to your profiles. For example for many months I distributed via my profiles a weekly news bulletin that “new breed” citizens of the World Administration dome network, in the story of The Perennial Migration, may have subscribed to.
Which social network worked best for you?
I find Google+ the best for interaction with authors and readers of the Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. I am of course active on other social media platforms.
Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
When it comes to marketing your works and promoting your name as an author in the particular genre(s) try every idea you have. A lot of my ideas which turned out successful either not cost me anything – I found communication to be free and never negative. For example a person purchased my book after we had communicated via my blog and we wrote about the city of Bristol, England, where I was born and the reader now lived.
Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?
On Amazon I ran a free book (kindle) promotion and enabled lending to libraries.
Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
No. That would be great for the launch of the German translation of “The Perennial Migration” as that is where I now live.
Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
I have run many different marketing campaigns but I found at the start that I had too high expectations – but it is important to keep trying out various ideas and that is when to think as a marketer and not let your emotions as an indie writer blur your focus.
Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?
Yes I would not use exclusively one outlet or platform for a book launch. Instead I would immediately use maximum distribution.
Why do you think that other well written books just don’t sell?
I am sure that the are many well written books where readers in that particular genre do not know about the author or their works. For author brand promotion I recommend continually growing your network via all possible channels.
What do you think of “trailers” for books?
I have mixed feelings about them. While I can imagine that make a positive different for sales especially for readers who do make their purchase decision after seeing or listening to a trailer, I believe that a trailer can also alter the expectations the reader has when reading the book.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I have done in the past – it is great way to bring your works to younger generations. I would like the readers of today to become my fans of the future.
Did you format your own book?
In what formats is your book available?
All electronic formats, for all devices and also softcover.
How do you relax?
What is your favourite motivational phrase?
“No matter how small the task - do it to the best of your ability, so that you can say with pride “I did that”.”
What is your favourite book and why?
Dean Koontz: “From the corner of his eye”. I'm a devoted reader of Konntz anyway, but this book is about different dimensions and how a small boy benefits from them. A killer, who hears the name “Bartholomew” only in his head, hunts him. I highly recommend it.
What is your favourite quote?
While I am not a person to regularly give quote off the cuff, I do quite like 'Sleep is the best meditation' Dalai Lama.
What is your favourite film and why?
Star Wars. As a child and adult, it was for me the epic which captured not just the various planet and space conflicts, but also what everyday life could be like on distant plants.
Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
Still writing and with an International fan base.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Start writing now – do not wait.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Dean Koontz – Favourite author
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
It would have to be Tolkien with Lord of the Rings. A classic of course now, but to have published this book back at that time when he did would have been something I would like to have experienced.
Where do you see publishing going in the future?
I think that more services will become available to indie authors. Most likely being supplied by indie authors initially for their own publishing and/or marketing requirements.
Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
No, a very enjoyable interview. Thank you very much for the opportunity.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/dmkirtaime
Amazon UK: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00QEGRYSU
Amazon US: www.amazon.com/dp/B00QEGRYSU
Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions!