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!
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!