After watching his love leave on a colony ship, James Wilfred must save those left behind from a planetary apocalypse. Their salvation lies in an unfinished ship tucked away in a secret government base, and only James can break in and pilot him and his people to freedom on a nearby space station.
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.
Welcome, Aubrie! Please share a little bit about yourself with my readers.
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 and 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!
That’s so cool! What genre do you most enjoy writing?
Fantasy. But, my science fiction has been selling much better than my fantasy, so I’ve gone in that direction for now.
What do you find easiest and most difficult about writing in these genres?
With fantasy, it’s finding something new and fresh to write about, because so much has been done before . . . with Lord of the Rings and all the spin-offs of that. For science fiction, I feel like I have to include a good deal of science in my world and root it in the real world, which is sometimes hard for me because science wasn’t my strongest subject!
I’m sure you do quite well anyway! A Hero Rising looks fantastic. Who is your favorite character in your book, and what do you like most about him or her?
I love all my characters. They are all extensions of myself– even the bad ones! It’s hard for me to see them struggle, but that’s what makes a good story, and that’s how they grow.
You mentioned your characters are extensions of yourself. Do you get many of your ideas from your own life, or is your work mostly fictional?
Right now I’m writing a contemporary romance based on an orchestra, so that is definitely from my own life! But, a lot of it I just made up– because I’ve never rode on a space ship, explored new planets, or met any aliens. Yet.
Ha-ha– that’s coming soon, I’m sure! What was the main inspiration behind A Hero Rising?
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.
You’re making me curious– I can’t wait to read it! How did you get started in publishing, and what was the most difficult aspect of “breaking in” to the field?
The rejection is the most difficult. It took me four books to get the attention of an agent. I’m still trying to break into the bigger publishers, and I’m on my eighth book. You can imagine how many hundreds of rejections I’ve faced so far. But, I just keep writing because I enjoy it.
That’s wonderful, Aubrie. Keep at it, and I’m sure you will reach your goal. If you could share a tip with my readers about writing or publishing, what would it be?
Write a little every day. If you write 1k a day, which takes maybe an hour, you’ll have 4-6 novels a year!
Great advice, but as we all know, easier said than done! Do you do any research for your writing? If so, how do you go about it? What kind of research do you do?
Oh yes! I love to Google things or go on Wikipedia. I also ask the people around me. My brother is a software engineer, and my sister is a nurse, so they have a lot of experience with things I know nothing about.
A huge congratulations to Aubrie Dionne for the publication of A Hero Rising– Here’s to many more! Thank you for visiting my blog, Aubrie, and good luck.
Aubrie 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.
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