Anatomy of a Character: Introducing Ciara Cain From MC Domovitch’s ‘Scar Tissue’
Anatomy of a Character is a continuing feature with interviews talking about their main characters. What makes these characters tick? How did the authors develop their personalities and quirks? Today we are talking to MC Domovitch, author of the romantic suspense, Scar Tissue. Today’s character spotlight is on Ciara Cain, one of the main characters in his book.
Your new novel, SCAR TISSUE, has quite a premise! What inspired you to write this story?
As you may know, before becoming an author I had two other successful careers, the first of which was as one of Canada’s top fashion models. This experience gave me a close-up view of the industry. A model’s tool are her looks. Any flaw will directly affect her ability to earn a living. So when I created Ciara, a young woman who becomes scarred both physically and emotionally at the hands of a serial killer, I immediately imagined her as a model whose livelihood would be irreversibly damaged through this experience. Also, the fact that she was a rising star made her very private and hurtful experience fodder for the crowds, adding insult to injury.
Can you give us a little background on your main character, Ciara Cain?
Ciara is young, and riding the crest of her success when the story begins. As beautiful as she is, or was, she has little self-confidence and has no idea of her resiliency or her intelligence. It is only when her life is at risk that she digs deep and finds the strength to fight.
Does anyone know why Ciara’s memory is gone?
Amnesia is a strange thing. Whether it is entirely due to the small aneurism she suffered during her escape or whether emotion plays a part in it, is anybody’s guess. This is true in the real world as much as it is in Ciara’s story. The one major problem with Ciara’s amnesia is that because her assailant is not captured, she could find herself face to face with him without ever recognising him.
Does she remember nothing about being a model?
Her memory loss begins only from the moment she is kidnapped. She remembers everything of her life until that moment. When she wakes up in the hospital over three weeks later, she believes her photo shoot was just yesterday.
She moves from the glamorous city of New York to her hometown, Seattle. Was it a hard adjustment for her?
For Ciara, going back to live with her sister is reassuring. The most difficult part is leaving the glamorous life of modelling and being abandoned by her boyfriend. She is self-conscious of her facial scars, but what is really difficult for her to life with are the ugly words her assailant carved into her body.
Would you say Ciara is an introvert or extrovert?
She is very much an introvert after the kidnapping.
After her accident which left her scarred, her rich boyfriend left her. Can you tell us a little about him or is he an unimportant part of the book?
The rich boyfriend is very important because he and his entire family become suspects in the crime. I don’t want to give too much of the story away, but let me just say that this wealthy family is a doozy. Talk about wicked in laws.
Is there a part in the book where we actually get mad at Ciara?
I would say frustrated rather than mad. When a wonderful man appears in her life, everybody cheers for him, but Ciara, as would any woman who has been victimized as she has might, she fights her natural attraction.
Is there a part in the book where we feel sorry for her?
In the beginning the reader cannot help but feel sorry for her. But that quickly turns to respect as we see her use her creativity to keep a step ahead of the killer.
Finally, if Ciara could come alive from the pages of your book, what would she like to say to her/your readers?
Depending at what point in the book we might meet her, I’d say at the beginning she might ask for help. Later on, she might say, “If you won’t help me, then don’t stand in my way.”
About MC Domovitch
M C Domovitch is the author of nine novels, four of which were published under the name of Carol Ann Martin (by Penguin), another two under the name Monique Domovitch (by Carina Press) The other three are published as M C Domovitch, Scorpio Rising, The Sting of the Scorpio (Both now republished in one single tome) and Scar Tissue. The decision to use a different pen name was based on her departure from cozy mysteries and entering the Romance and Romantic Suspense genres.
Before becoming an author, Monique had multiple careers, beginning with modeling. She won a modeling contest in the 70s and became one of Canada’s top models. After retiring from the fashion industry, she studied finance and joined an investment company. This led to a new career as host of her own television show about investing, with the television network, WTN. Following her retirement from finance, she decided to pursue her true passion, writing. At a writing workshop at San Diego’s Writers’ Conference, one of her unpublished books caught the eye of a publisher and of an agent. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Domovitch lives with her physician husband and their dogs. They divide their time between homes in Victoria and Toronto Canada and Key Largo Florida.
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About Scar Tissue
When successful model Ciara Cain wakes up in hospital, remembering nothing of the weeks she has been missing, her only clues are the ugly words carved into her skin. According to the police she was a victim of the Cutter, a serial killer who has already murdered three women. For her protection the police and her doctors give a press conference, announcing that because her amnesia is organically caused, her memory loss is permanent. But, whether her memory returns or not is anybody’s guess.
Overnight, Ciara’s glamorous life is gone. Her scars have killed both her modelling career and her relationship with her rich boyfriend. With nothing to keep her in New York, she returns to her home town of Seattle, moves in with her sister and goes about building a new life. But when her sister lets it slip that Ciara’s memory is returning, the killer comes after her again. If Ciara is to stay alive, she must keep one step ahead of the Cutter.
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