When successful model Ciara Kelly 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.
Where I Get My Inspiration by M C DOmovitch
One of the questions I get most often is, “where do you get your ideas?” The answer to that is simple. Everywhere. I could be in line at the cinema and overhear a conversation that will get me thinking. Or, I could be at the hairdressers hearing a conversation between the client and manicurist. Some years ago, I was in a coffee shop, when I overheard two women at a nearby table talking. One of them was telling the other she’d learned one of her ex-boyfriends had just died. Her friend’s reaction was what caught my interest. “Oh, my God,” she exclaimed. “Why is it that all your exes die?” You can imagine how that would get a person wondering. I still haven’t done anything about that little tidbit, but it’s still brewing in my mind.
About a year ago, my husband and I were talking about that old myth, that we humans only use about ten percent of our brains. Ed, being a physician, explained that contrary to the popular notion that large parts of the human brain remain unused and could be “activated”, is untrue. We use all parts of our brain—reassuring in a way. “However,” he added, “there is still a lot of mystery surround certain areas of the brain. For example, the posterior cingulate cortex, which is an area most people have never heard of, is one of the most metabolically active regions of the brain. Yet science still doesn’t know exactly what it does.”
This piqued my curiosity. I starting thinking, what if somebody had an injury to that part of the brain? It wouldn’t have to be a big injury, just a tiny scar. What kind of side effects might that cause? That’s when I came up with the idea for my latest novel, Scar Tissue.
The premise of the story is as follows. Ciara Kelly, one of New York’s top models, wakes up in the hospital, with no memory of how she got there. According to the police, she had been missing for over a week when she was hit by a car while running along a highway. Also, according to them, not all her wounds were caused by the accident. Her body bore definite signs of torture.
As she recovers, Ciara has a lot of wounds to deal with, physical and mental, not the least of which is a tiny little scar in her brain from a brain bleed, which leaves her with an ability she views more as a curse. I hope this piques your curiosity as much as it did mine. At this point I’d like to invite everyone to read Scar Tissue and if you enjoy it, please leave a review on Amazon. I’d be very grateful.
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ABOUT MC DOMOVITCH
Monique was born in the small town of Hearst Ontario, the oldest of ten children. “You can’t imagine the pressure,” she says,laughing. “Anything I did wrong—and I did plenty—was sure to lead my siblings into a life of sin. I therefore accept the blame for any wrongdoings by all member of my family.”
When she was twenty years old she moved to Montreal, where she became a successful model, winning the prestigious Modeling Association of American Contest and continuing on to an international career. During this time, she worked with many top photographers and graced many designer runways. “Modeling was a wonderful career,” she says. “I met so many interesting and talented people. I travelled all over the world. After ten years of facing cameras and audiences, I became very comfortable with the public. I had no idea at the time, just how much this ability would serve me later in life.”
When Monique retired from modeling, she founded Beauties Modeling Agency in Montreal. Through her tutelage, many Canadian models gained international renown. “I wanted to accept my age rather than try desperately to look young for an unforgiving camera. That was the main reason I retired from modeling when I was still young.”
Later, she became a financial adviser and planner, and soon found herself hosting her own national television show about personal finance. After four years on the air, the series ended and Monique soon retired from her financial career, remarried and embarked on her new career in writing. Her success was almost instant. She was singed on by an agent within months of finishing her first novel and soon signed two contracts for a total of six books. She is now hard at work on her ninth, due out in winter of 2015.
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