Page One Podcast

Ep. 30: Dominic Lim: All the Right Notes

Episode Summary

In episode 30, we have the delight of talking with author, actor and singer, Dominic Lim about his debut novel, All The Right Notes, published by Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, Hachette. Not only is this the first queer Filipino rom com, it is delighting readers and critics all over the country and has already garnered a list of accolades including being named a: USA Today: 10 swoon-worthy romance books for summer 2023 BookRiot: 40 of the Most Anticipated Beach Reads of 2023 Buzzfeed: 25 New and Upcoming LGBTQ Romance Novels You’ve Got To Read Goodreads:The Hottest New Romances for Summer Library Journal: The Best Romance Books of the Year (So Far) Bookbub: 18 Books Our Readers Have Been Loving This Summer SheReads: Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Romances of Summer 2023 LGBTQ Reads: Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Romance of 2023 Entertainment Weekly: The 6 best romance novels of summer 2023 As you might sense from the title, All the Right Notes, Dominic Lim has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with music—which shows in the authentically rendered story world he invites us to explore. In this intimate conversation, Dominic shares how his mom played a significant role in supporting his musical talents and the highs and lows of the precarious publishing journey all writers face these days in an escalating cancel culture. This is a promising new talent for all of us to celebrate. Please enjoy!

Episode Notes

Page One, produced and hosted by author Holly Lynn Payne, celebrates the craft that goes into writing the first sentence, first paragraph and first page of your favorite books. The first page is often the most rewritten page of any book because it has to work so hard to do so much—hook the reader. We interview master storytellers on the struggles and stories behind the first page of their books.

About the guest author:

Dominic Lim holds a master’s from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, is an alumnus of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and has sung with numerous professional choral ensembles. Lim  is also a member of the Actors’ Equity Association and has performed Off-Broadway and in regional productions throughout the US. He lives in Oakland, California and supports the San Francisco Bay Area writing community as a member of the Writers Grotto and as a co-host of San Francisco’s Babylon Salon, the quarterly reading & performance series which has featured award-winning authors, including Booker Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and more. You can follow him on Instagram at @jdominiclim.

About the host:

Holly Lynn Payne is an award-winning novelist and writing coach, and the former CEO and founder of Booxby, a startup built to help authors succeed. She is an internationally published author of four historical fiction novels. Her debut, The Virgin's Knot, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers book. She recently finished her first YA crossover novel inspired by her nephew with Down syndrome. She lives in Marin County with her daughter and enjoys mountain biking, surfing and hiking with her dog. To learn more about her books and private writing coaching services, please visit or find her at Instagram and Twitter @hollylynnpayne.

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As an author and writing coach, I know that the first page of any book has to work so hard to do so much—hook the reader. So I thought to ask your favorite master storytellers how they do their magic to hook YOU. 

After the first few episodes, it occurred to me that maybe someone listening might be curious how their first page sits with an audience, so I’m opening up Page One to any writer who wants to submit the first page of a book they’re currently writing. 

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