Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in France and raised in Paris, had the opportunity to study in Montreal, Canada and later in the US… Since then, I have moved back and forth…
I love creating, whether it is about writing, or shooting and editing. I write in a very visual style, and it is suited for TV and Film… at least, this is what I am being told.
I have written about four of the NEWDAWN Saga novels. It is not the only think I have written though, having started to write fiction in the realm of TV and films. I have worked as an independent producer in Los Angeles for some time, and really wanted to focus on creating the NEWDAWN world, so I started with the books… There is still a long way to go but, I love building this world one piece at the time, and one character at the time… The way I see NEWDAWN, it is very much as a multi-faceted project, almost with a life of its own, as it spans over different modules, in a kind of transmedia way.
I love reading, traveling, kicking back with friends, enjoying good wine and good food. You could say that I have a great deal of focus on the future, although I tend to leave one day at the time, taking advantage of the moment… The planet and the environment is something I care about, and I guess one will find that in my work. Animals and nature are important to me… I have created a furry family around me… Cats, dogs… no matter. Currently, I have my two cats, Nieve & Oliver, rescued from the LA river… and they are a big part of my life along with my partner. I have books about them too… Nieve & Oliver Adventures, for kids!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
NEWDAWN ROAMERS is the first of the NEWDAWN Saga, but it is not the first book I wrote… I wrote NEWDAWN REBOOT first, which happens to be the eight book of the series. Don’t ask me why… It is how the story came to me. I guess you could say, I did a George Lucas, although I am not George Lucas! He is awesome… The way he created Star Wars at the time when technology was just beginning to give us the effects we now have… I am not just partial to that series though because I love Start Trek too. It is followed by NEWDAWN RETRIBUTION, which is also written, but needs editing, and I am now finishing NEWDAWN CENTRAL, the second book of the series.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I can’t say that I do… I like to write about four hours each day, but it’s not always possible due to the various aspects of NEWDAWN. I enjoy writing first thing in the morning when my mind is free from other things, or later at night… I usually reserve afternoon for meetings or marketing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have read since I was a little girl… My mom used to read to me every night. Both my mom and dad gave me an appreciation of books. I used to stay up all night reading… From French authors to American authors, from the great classics to the Sci-Fi genre, they allowed me to travel the world and time even, opening a window into things I never witnessed first-hand. I guess that is what good books are meant to do… giving you a glimpsed of a world you never would experience otherwise. I know you probably want to know what authors, but there are so many of them, naming a few would feel like cheating the others because they all have contributed to who I am today, in some way.
What are you working on now?
I am tweaking NEWDAWN CENTRAL. This is really cool, because in CENTRAL we get to know what happened after the ROAMERS join our world… There is much to discover about Tesh, Chase and Gen… and all the confrontations that go along with it.
I am also writing a reality series about the future. This is something important because science, technology and innovation have changed the landscape of business and we have not yet felt all the effects of this transformation and more is coming, things most people do not have envisioned yet. It is important to realize the path we are on, both personally and with businesses.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am still figuring that one out… I do a lot of Instagram though. I like it. It’s a great visual tool and fun and easy to use. I do Facebook too… I know I need to do more on Pinterest too… But the different sites all have a purpose. My author site www.dominiqueluchart.com is about letting the readers and fans know what is going on with me and the series. The information site www.newdawnworld.net is about letting the fans know what is happening in the world of NEWDAWN. The blog, www.newdawnblog.com talks about reality and fiction. The www.windhorse.net site is about our production work with the NEWDAWN brand. The www.windommedia.com is all about what we are building with our partners both on the reality side and the fiction side… and is more business… And of course the www.newdawnstore.com is where we are selling the books and merchandise and soon virtual products too.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t stop writing! Sometimes you feel like you will never get it done, and it can get daunting. Just focus on one word, one paragraph, one page at the time…
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write and keep writing! It’s true. Don’t think about making it perfect. It will never be perfect. I wish it wasn’t so… But the truth is that is can always be better. You can tweak forever. Still, at some point, you have to let it go. Do your best and release it.
What are you reading now?
Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth…
What’s next for you as a writer?
Working on the next NEWDAWN Novel – NEWDAWN RISING. Finishing the game, NEWDAWN GATEWAYS. Creating the NEWDAWN Reality series – Tomorrow Today!
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I don’t know how to answer this question… It’s like asking me what are my favorite films… I like many for different reasons, each giving me a little piece of something worthwhile. For books it is the same. Science fiction books definitely… Maybe one or two classics…