Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Interview with Aubrie Dionne

Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving weekend? I can't believe it's already here, and I can't believe it's the beginning of Advent already which means Christmas is practically around the corner. But before you all settle into turkey mode, I've got a wonderful treat for you. Namely, an interview with a very talented woman named Aubrie Dionne. And, one lucky commenter will win Audrie's book, Nebula's Music.

Welcome, Aubrie. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am an author and a flutist in New England. I teach flute at the university level and own my own music business, where I play with my husband at weddings and other special events. My short stories have been featured in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Aurora Wolf, A Fly in Amer, Moon Drenched Fables and various anthologies.

How long have you been writing?

I've been writing all my life. My first known writing was a poem about a unicorn in elementary school, saved in my mom's scrapbook. But I started writing seriously in 2006. My first story idea was about Wishcasters, woman that could control the elements of earth, air, fire, and water.

What are you working on now?

I'm working on a young adult science fiction novel titled COLONIZATION: PARADISE 21. It's about a girl that has lived her whole life on a deep space transport vessel on route to colonize a paradise planet. She has to take aptitude tests to place her with a lifemate and a role on the new colony.

How did the idea of the story come to you?

I wondered what it would be like to live all of your life up in space, and also what would happen to everyone if we exhausted our resources on earth. I'd like to think we could live somewhere else and spread out over the galaxy.

Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?

I self edit the previous day's work the next day, but I also have critique partners and, of course, loyal beta readers like my mom and my sister!

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

All of the rejection is tough. I get 95 percent rejections on stories and novels, but it's the 5 percent that keeps me going and gives me hope. You have to be persistent to be successful, and that's the hardest part.

Good advice. Let’s get to know you on a deeper level. If you could have any super power, what would it be?

I'd love to be able to stop and start time. Then I'd have all the time in the world to write and practice my flute!

Quick writing test! Use the following words in a sentence: cape, lecture, and Slip 'N Slide.

She threw herself onto the Slip 'N Slide, cape flying behind her as her brother lectured on about being more grown up!

Excellent visual there. Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.

I'd like to thank all of my publishers: Wyvern Publications, Gypsy Shadow Publishing, Lyrical Press, and SynergEbooks for having faith in my writing. Also, my mom and my sister for being so supportive, and my husband for putting up with my crazy story ideas.

And finally, where can people find you online?

I have a website: www.authoraubrie.com and a blog: http://authoraubrie.blogspot.com

Thanks for chatting with us, Aubrie. I wish you much success with all your endeavors! 

Thank you for interviewing me! Remember one lucky commenter gets Nebula's Music!


Blasé said...

I never win anything...

Aubrie said...

Thanks so much for this interview! I'm going to link my blog to it now!

Theresa Milstein said...

Aubrie is one of the hardest-working writers I know. She's always writing, entering contests, querying, teaching, practicing, and playing in concerts/orchestras. She's lucky to be a talented writer and musician.

Stopping time? That WOULD be an awesome superpower.

Sutton Fox said...

Great interview, Aubrie!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Awesome interview. I loved learning more about you, Aubrie. :)

Anonymous said...

Great interview, ladies. Years ago I watched a Twilight Zone episode of a woman able to stop time, and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I've always wanted to do that to have unlimited reading and writing time.

Nebaula's Music has a lovely cover.

The Words Crafter said...

I love Nebula's Music!

Aubrie said...

Thank you to everyone who commented!!!!

Rachele Alpine said...

Hey! I just found your blog and love it....great idea! :)

Gina said...

So glad to see this author getting a bit of face time. I've had the pleasure of reading a book or two of her's and can honestly say I found them quite enjoyable. I echo Dorothy's thoughts in the wished success and good luck to all that entered the contest.

(not an entry)

Lacey J Edwards said...

The new book sounds AWESOME!