I would like to introduce you to Aubrie Dionne. She is the author of A Hero Rising! Let's get to know the person behind the pen-name.
Aubrie, tell us about yourself.
Thank you for having me on your blog! I’m a professional flutist by day and a writer by night. I teach music at a local community music school and a university, and I play at weddings an in orchestras. I got into writing because my flute students urged me to write down the stories I used to make up in their lessons to go with the music, and here I am today!
Do you prefer?
Milk chocolate or Dark? Dark chocolate!
Coffee or tea? Both. I love caffeine!
Vodka or tequila? Margaritas- so whichever is in that.
Romance or a Thriller? Romance for sure.
Mystery or Horror? Horror- I love a good ghost story!
Did you always want to be an author?
Only about six years ago I discovered my new dream.
What authors had an impact on you growing up and as an adult?
Tad Williams-especially his Memory Sorrow and Thorn trilogy, Patricia McKillip- for her beautiful writing, Sherry S. Tepper- loved her strong female protagonists, Ursula Le Guin-for her word building and her unique worlds.
Did anyone in your life influence you or encouraged you to be a writer?
My mom is my biggest fan. Also, my flute teacher has supported me on this new adventure as well. My sister reads everything I write, and tells me when I’ve gone off the deep end! And, some of my flute students and their parents.
What is your writing atmosphere like?
Radio Gaia blaring in the back, a messy desk with post it notes everywhere, little figurines of a fairy godmother and Jack Sparrow cheering me on.
What is your favorite aspect or writing? Your Least Favorite?
Least favorite: the rejections and the snarky reviews.
Favorite: seeing my cover for the first time!
Your current book your promoting is:
A Hero Rising.
How did you come up with the your story line?
I wanted to explore James’s story because I’d left him in such a sorry state in Tundra 37. I felt as though he needed to find his own happy ever after.
How do you choose your characters names?
For the New Dawn series, I tried to fashion them after space terms and star conglomerations. James from a Hero Rising has a normal name because they are still on Earth when the prequel starts.
Thanks for having me here today!
Skye O’Connor’s boyfriend never returns after his gang attempts an assassination of the Governor, and the State Building is destroyed. Worse, crazed moonshiners addicted to the chemical Morpheus have stormed the city, and she must find a safe place for her and her boyfriend’s daughter. When a heroic man saves her, Skye asks to accompany him on his quest to find the last colony ship left on Earth.
As the city falls around them, James and Skye must work together to build a new future, all the while rediscovering their ability to love, before the apocalypse claims them both.
Aubre Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in October 2012. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. She's a big Star Trek TNG fan, as well as Star Wars and Serenity