Aubrie Dionne is the author of the New Dawn series, a sci-fi romance offering from Entangled Publishing. Since there aren’t many sci-fi romances out there, I was curious about Aubrie’s series, so I asked her to drop by the virtual offices for a chat.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Aubrie Dionne] Coffee lover, flutist, blogger, closet unicorn lover, driven, hard working, a little too intense at times, clothes hoarder, eye shadow guru, princess wannabe, afraid of public speaking, abhorer of eggplant, pizza devourer, cookie monster. That about sums it up.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your New Dawn series?
[Aubrie Dionne] This series follows colony ships as they leave a post apocalyptic Earth searching for paradise planets to restart mankind.
There’s everything I’d want in a space opera: spaceships, mysterious aliens, answers to the universe, laser battles, scary monsters, handsome space pirates, evil space pirates, desert planets, ice worlds, jungles, I could go on forever!
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the series?
[Aubrie Dionne] I’m a big worry wart, and I worry about the end of the Earth all the time. I think I watched too many of those Ancient Alien episodes about the Mayan Apocalypse. Anyway, I wondered what it would be like if we could colonize other planets. What if people had to live their whole lives on a ship and each generation furthers the mission to the paradise planet? You know, normal things a musician thinks about while sitting in orchestra counting her rests.
[Manga Maniac Café] What has been the most challenging aspect of writing the series?
[Aubrie Dionne] Ummmm….tying it all together! The third book is my masterpiece. I thought about it for many long and hard hours trying to tie in every single thread from the last three books. I didn’t want anyone to say: what about those mysterious aliens, where did they go? Or what happened to Aries and Striker? Or, she never explained the golden liquid stuff in the orb. I wanted everything wrapped up and dealt with in a satisfying way. That was hard. I’m not sure I pulled it off. You’ll have to read the series to make your own judgment!
[Manga Maniac Café] Why did you decide to write science fiction romance? What appeals to you most about the genre?
[Aubrie Dionne] I grew up watching Star Wars and Star Trek, so you can see where the inspiration came from. I wish there was a new Star Wars movie every six months, but sadly, they are all done. (WHY? Secret message to George Lucas- make more. ) So, I had to write my own space opera to keep myself busy!
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Aubrie Dionne] Music, my flute playing, Star Wars and Star Trek (as stated above), all movies to a certain extent, and other books of all genres.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Aubrie Dionne] Computer, internet-for research, Radio Gaia internet radio.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Aubrie Dionne] OMG I have to share this but it’s embarrassing: The Secret of the Unicorn Queen books 4-6. umm. Yeah. The series is beyond awesome if you’re twelve years old in the 80’s. Check it out.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Aubrie Dionne] Play music, spend time with my family, plot in my head!
Thanks for this fantastic interview!
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
You can learn more about Aubrie by visiting her website and her blog.
Aubrie’s New Dawn series is available now! You can order the books from your favorite bookseller, or by clicking the links below:
Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for arranging this interview!
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