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Dominique Wilson of Waldorf is a North Point High School graduate and a student at the College of Southern Maryland. Dominique W. is her pen name.

She self-published “Broken Halos” this year. She describes it as “young adult paranormal science fiction.”

The book is available at amazon.com.

She answered questions from the Maryland Independent about her book via email.

Q. How long have you been writing, and how did you get started?

A. I got started at 16, and I’ve always wanted to write a story that had a unique message but still entertained.

Q. What inspires you to write?

A. The media, politics, religion and popular culture (music, art, etc.).

Q. Do you consider writing to be a career?

A. Yes and no. It can be if my book becomes successful enough, but my ultimate career goal is to become a broadcast journalist.

Q. What kind of writing process do you use?

A. I write whatever comes to mind and then I condense and edit my thoughts into complete dialogues, characters and subplots. Then I make it come together somehow, like a puzzle.

Q. How did you publish your book?

A. I self-published it at Createspace after I hired an editor and graphic designer.

Q. Who are some of your favorite authors and why? How much do you feel they influence your own writing?

A. Maya Angelou, Suzanne Collins, R.L. Stine. They influence me to be limitless with my craft.

Q. What are you reading now?

A. “The Divergent” series by Veronica Roth. Although some people don’t consider blogs as thought provoking as books, I read and enjoy them as if they were books. Reading should be fun more than anything else.

Q. What are you working on now?

A. The second “Broken Halos” book and whatever else comes to mind.

Q. What do you want readers to know about you?

A. I just turned 18 and may very well be the first 18 year-old African-American author in my genre of young adult paranormal fiction.

Share an excerpt of “Broken Halos”:

“Even though New Eden employed me from birth, the thought of freedom invoked greed; once injected with a dose it made me a fiend. I dwelled in my ignorant bliss along with eight others and it was our vast underground wonderland. We were all Alice in our own right for a great deal of time before the Cheshire Cat clawed its way into our sight and showed us the way through the looking glass.

New Eden propelled us to extreme heights but the Queen of Hearts drew her final card when we became skeptical of our very existence and the light broke through the darkness of our minds and showed us our own shadows.”

Literary lights Q&As will appear periodically in the Maryland Independent. Suggestions for local authors to spotlight should be sent to abreck@somdnews.com.