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About Dominica

Dominica Malcolm, January 2014
I’m someone who likes to get their feet wet in a number of creative outlets. You might consider me something of a creativity explorer. Over the years, I’ve performed stand-up comedy in two countries (Australia and Malaysia); filmed short films, music videos, travel footage, and stand-up comedy; written short film screenplays (and one feature), a one-act play (with a friend), short stories, fiction, and non-fiction; blogged particularly about my travel experiences; photographed a lot on my travels, and put together albums with photos; and acted in a few plays. I’ve taken numerous comedy and improv workshops, and currently perform primarily in an improv show I developed, So You Want a Job. Previously, I also performed improv with YUM!, one of Leela’s Performing Improv Ensembles, and LiGht BrighT, an LGBT improv troupe I helped put together with other Leela performers.

My first novel, Adrift, was released in September 2013, and I’ve had various short stories published published in anthologies edited by other people, as well as two I put together, Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction, and Marked by Scorn: An Anthology Featuring Non-Traditional Relationships.

Diversity in media is important to me, not least of all because I identify myself under numerous under-represented in the media areas (female, bisexual, autistic, polyamorous), but also because I value the voices of other under-represented persons that carry other labels (particularly in the areas of racial and sexuality diversity, as I know a lot of people who fall under those umbrellas). I’ve felt adversely affected by the lack of representation in the media, so I know how much representation matters from that point of view. But I also think it matters from a societal stand-point, as positive representation in the media can lead to greater community acceptance of minorities.

Though now based in Oakland, California, I was born and raised in Western Australia, to American parents, then moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with my husband and first child in November 2008, where we stayed until June 2014. These factoids are the main reasons I’ve travelled so extensively in my life. I’ve been to over 30 countries on 6 of the 7 continents in the world. My main lifetime travel goals are:
1. Go to all the Disney theme parks around the world (which I had done, until the one in Shanghai opened)
2. Visit all 50 US states (I have 12 left)
3. Go to all 7 continents (1 to go; Antarctica)

My husband, Jeremy Malcolm, and I were married in 2006. We have two sons, born in 2007 and 2010.

My tertiary education qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in Internet Computing, with minors in Media Studies and Multimedia Information Systems, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Media Production.

Favourite TV programmes
3rd Rock From the Sun, Angel, The Blacklist, Boston Legal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Chaser’s War on Everything, Doctor Who, Firefly, Frasier, Good News Week, Glee, Hawaii Five-O, House of Cards, Just Shoot Me, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Lost, Medium, Once Upon a Time, Orange is the New Black, Red Dwarf, Ringer, Scrubs, Sense 8, Smash, Supernatural

Favourite video games
Donkey Kong Country 2, Donkey Kong Country 3, Donkey Kong 64, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, X-Men Legends

Favourite films
Bottle Rocket, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Royal Tenenbaums, Zoolander, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Pirates of the Caribbean, Kate & Leopold, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Favourite Disney films
Mulan, Tarzan, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast

Favourite directors
Wes Anderson, Kevin Smith

Favourite actors
Sandra Bullock, Edward Norton, Ryan Gosling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jensen Ackles, David Spade, Ryan Reynolds, Owen Wilson

Where else on the Internet you can find me
Facebook: Dominica Malcolm page and Jaclyn Rousseau [Adrift‘s protagonist] page
YouTube: Video Channel
Twitter: @dommalcolm
Goodreads: Author profile
Instagram: dommalcolm
Google+: Profile
Amazon: Author page
Gravatar: dominicamalcolm
Klout: dommalcolm
Kickstarter: Because I like supporting other creative projects/artists
Indiegogo: Ditto, but this is a site I have campaigned on