D. M. Kirtaime
Kirtaime grew up in the country outskirts of Bristol. After his military career he settled with his family in Germany. Wanting to write fantasy-fiction books was a childhood dream which he only decided to make come true in 2013 with his first book 'The Perennial Migration' - A mixture of adventure, conspiracy, legend, space travel all in one pot being stirred by hungry reptilians and cooled by heroes.
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1. Tell us about yourself and your work.
My name is Dominik Marcel Kirtaime. I am a British veteran living in Germany with my family. I was born and raised on the outskirts of Bristol, England. Wanting to write Fantasy/Sci-Fi was really a dream I had since childhood. On and off I had considered putting pen to paper to get started. It was only later though that I decided it's now or never and in 2013 "The Perennial Migration" was for sale in all electronic formats and also softcover.
The dystopian story is set in the future where the human race has been split, with an outcast old breed and another civilized one which is controlled in a dome network. A reptilian race which has been forced by galactic contract to live deep below the Earth's surface, have been preparing and working to a secret agenda for thousands of years to take over the planet's surface again.
The reader follows not only what seems to be a chosen group in their attempt to save as many humans as possible through mass migration, but also the reptilian race with their agenda roll-out commencing with the spread of a nasty material-eating virus. How the devious of both races take mutual advantage of their business relationship.
It becomes clear that it is not only humans who want to migrate and that only by all working together is there a small chance of survival, with a migration to another planet. What seems impossible is overcome by the natural need to stay alive.
I would love to learn from readers who their favourite characters from the book are.
2. Tell us about your journey to this point.
Well, I have done everything both in private and working life I set out to do. I am sure that there are still plenty of things ahead, which comes my way and catches my interest.
3. What inspires you?
Being out in the forest with just the sound of soft wind through the trees.
4. What irritates you?
I would say distractions. Even the smallest can put me off track as a writer for ages.
5. Do you have any unusual creative habits?
Yes, I find train travel great. Gazing out of the window, watching the outside world whizz by, puts me in the right state with a free mind to allow creativity and even get over writer's block.
6. What other artists, authors, or creators have influenced you?
Herbert, King, and Koontz without a doubt.
7. What are you working on now?
I am working on a sequel to "The Perennial Migration".
8. What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice was from my family, who encouraged me to get back to the keyboard and finish the book. That otherwise, it would be the only challenge I had not met and accomplished.
9. How do you select the names of your characters?
I first build a profile of the character and then just wait for the fitting name to come to me.
10. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I read every single one. I realized also that there are different interpretations for allocating stars. Not everyone hands out a 5 star when they are completely satisfied. I have had 5 star with a short comment and also a 4 star were the comments exceeded the rating itself.
11. What was your hardest scene to write?
I remember it well. It was the scene where the migration commenced and mothership escapes the Reptilian attack, through an opening vortex in the sky. The whole trip through the vortex required a combination of imagination and thought along the lines of space opera.
12. Are there any scenes or plot choices you regret writing?
No. In fact, there were some ideas where I decided to keep in storage for the next book.
13. Do you miss any of the characters you’ve killed off?
No. I don't feel they are really gone as it was I who created them. So for me, they will always be there in the story.
14. If you could meet anyone from history, who would you meet and why?
I would like to meet my great-grandfather. From stories told to me when I was young, I think I inherited a lot of his positive traits. So it would be great to be able to meet up.
15. If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
Walk around playing pranks probably.
16. If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it be?
Start writing now. Follow that dream of yours.
17. What are your hobbies?
Camping & Fishing
18. What are your pet peeves?
To make out I'm taking someone literally, keep a straight face and listen as they explain the meaning of what they said.
19. If you had to describe yourself using three words, what would they be?
Interesting, Introvert, Thoughtful.
20. If you could go to the past or future, where would you stay and why?
To the past. Medieval times. This period has always interested me.
21. If you could have been born in a different country, which would it be? Why?
America. Love the people and their "American" way-of-life.
22. Tell us something you hate doing. Why?
Operate the washing machine. Too many knobs, programs and switches - like "I don't want to operate a space shuttle - just wash my clothes!". Maybe one will be invented one day which only has an on/off button.
23. What's the one thing you can't live without?
24. As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
A soldier and also a detective - I have been both.
25. What's the silliest thing you have heard people say about you?
"If you don't wear your helmet you will wake up dead!".
26. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Time travel would be cool.
27. If you were a Disney character, who would you be and why?
It would be Mowgli from The Jungle Book. As a kid, I was happiest when out on adventures in the wilderness.
28. Tell us something nobody knows about you.
I love precious moments with my cat "Lucky" - Just us both chilling out.
29. What is your favorite quote?
"No matter how small or mundane the task - do it to the best of your ability. You will be proud of all that you do." - My father.
30. What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
Looking back I would definitely say that it was whilst on special operations, in situations where there was little cover and a hidden enemy.
31. What's your favorite song to sing in Karaoke? Why?
Sweet Caroline. I have always been a big fan of Niel Diamond.
32. Which song do you shamefully know all the lyrics to?
Niel Diamond's "Sweet Caroline".
33. If you could switch lives with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
Stephen King or Dean Koontz - As an author in their footsteps - that would be an experience.
34. If you were a character in an action movie, do you think you would survive? Why / why not?
It would be Chuck Noland, played by Tom Hanks, in the film Castaway. I would survive I think, as I have been a keen survivalist ever since I was small and as a young boy would off on adventures with a backpack of frugal content.
35. If you could be a character in any novel you've ever read, who would you be and why?
Dan Brown's character Robert Langdon. Just my style - great.
36. You wouldn't be caught dead where?
Shark infested water (nothing against sharks mind you).
37. Name 2 things you consider yourself to be very good at.
Somehow a trusted listener - people tend to confide in me. I'm neutral and not judgemental.
38. Name 2 things you consider yourself to be very bad at.
Being a Salesman and Water-Skiing- I'll stick to writing.
39. If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you? What genre would it be?
Tom Hanks could play that part if he wants to. The genre would be Drama - Never a dull moment!