JM Lominy is the author of the thriller/mystery novel The Deadly Rose, An Assassin’s Tale , published through his very own publishing company Five Sons Publishing. Lominy was born in Port-au-Prince and at age seven he immigrated to the USA, along with his sister to join his mother in Brooklyn.
Upon his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the Gulf War. Following an honorable discharge at the age of 22, Lominy enrolled at The City of New York and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
The father of five is based in Marietta, Georgia where he lives with his wife and their three youngest sons.
Lominy says he’s been writing for the past twelve years. “I am a writer with a lot of passion, determination,” he says, “and the desire to touch generations of readers with an emphasis on the Haitian experience.”
He gave Kreyolicious.com a behind-the-scenes look at how his pulse-pumping debut novel came about.
Was writing a book always a dream of yours?
Writing was not always a dream, most of my life I enjoyed many things in passing. I became an avid reader while in the Marine Corps. At that time, the Commandant of the Marine Corps required every Marine to read a list of books based on their rank. These books were mostly fiction with a military theme. I enjoyed those books so much I have not stopped reading [ever since].
My passion for writing began in college with poetry that few people have seen or read. It was not until 2001, when I visited Haiti for the funeral of my maternal Uncle did I start to write with a purpose. The vivid environment of Port-au-Prince and Pétion-Ville unleashed story ideas I have always had but never saw as potential book material.
Granted, you could have chosen to have the setting of your novel in contemporary times, or any other decades in Haiti’s history. Why the late 1950s?
I chose the late 1950s as the setting of The Deadly Rose, An Assassin’s Tale because it was a unique time in Haitian history. The late 1950s was the first time the exile of a president resulted in three short presidency and two military juntas, all between the periods of December 1956 to October 1957, which lead to a dictatorship and a violent period in Haitian history. The only other time you had such turmoil was post-Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1986.
How did you go about doing the research for The Deadly Rose?
My research for The Deadly Rose, An Assassin’s Tale began in 2001, after my visit to Haiti. The research was originally for another book I planned to write, but soon felt I was not skilled enough for such a complex and important book, so I put it on the shelf.
When the idea for The Deadly Rose, An Assassin’s Tale came to me, about five years ago, I used the research from the initial book. The research consisted of books written about that period, Haitian music provided me with vision about the period, a map of Port-au-Prince helped with the reality factor, and I consulted friends and relatives. I also used the Internet as a source for detailed topics I could not find elsewhere.
Were there tools and resources that you found especially helpful in publishing your book?
There are multitudes of websites and blogs dedicated to publishing, publiteriat.com is one of my favorites. Books like APE How to Publish a Book by Kawasaki and Welch is a must own. Other author’s websites may list information on publishing. In addition, I attended author conferences on publishing. These sources will cover publishing, printing, and marketing.
Most published authors will say that writing a book and completing a book is one of the most satisfying things they’ve ever done. Once you finished the first draft of The Deadly Rose, what came next?
The feeling I got from completing The Deadly Rose, An Assassin’s Tale was like catching my first fish; a total joy. Once I completed the first draft I started the editing process and sent copies to several friends for further editing before sending it to my editors.
Do you have plans to write more books?
I am working on the sequel to The Deadly Rose, An Assassin’s Tale and I am halfway to completion. I plan to write one book a year, if time allows, two. So far, I have 10 books I plan to write, all interrelated. I am constantly researching, which brings on more book ideas.
There are a great number of aspiring authors out there. What words of wisdom do you wish to throw on them based on your own journey as an author?
My advice for any author who desires to be accomplished; define your own goals, successes, and who you are or who you want to become. Write a wonderful book. Don’t take any short cuts and hire professional editors, book designers, and learn or hire marketing professionals. Reading is fundamental to writing, so read and write often. If you don’t enjoy the writing and publishing process, it will show.