His awards include the Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize, and the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize. In 2006, his debut novel The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre received the Steven Turner Prize for First Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters.
Dominic serves on the fiction faculty in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and has taught recently at the University of Texas at Austin and Southern Methodist University. Find out more at www.dominicsmith.net.
Bright and Distant Shores
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Do work that makes me happy.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I'd like to have coffee with Dickens and Shakespeare and ask them how to plot my next novel.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. My perfect day: wake up by the beach, meditate, swim or surf, have a great cup of coffee, write, have lunch with a good friend, exercise, spend time with my family, eat sushi for dinner, see a great movie. Repeat.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Yellow Thai chicken curry.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Tintin or David Copperfield.