Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Colonization Confidential



Aubrie Dionne is blog touring for her book, Colonization.  Recently she visited my BLOG
 to tell us about her book, but today we learn more about her. She shares how she manage to write so much and what we can expect from her in the future!


You’re one of the most prolific writers I know.
Thank you, Theresa! I want everyone to know you worked hard as my critique partner on this book and it’s become so much better with your suggestions! Thank you for helping me!

Do you have a writing schedule?  If so, what’s your writing schedule?
I do have a schedule. I write in the mornings before work, then in the evenings after work. I work Mon- Thurs 3-8. So those are always good writing days. Fridays I work all day at the University, so that’s usually a bad writing day. Saturdays I teach flute lessons in my home, so I write when people cancel, or at the end of the day. Sundays I get to write all day.
This year I increased my word count goal to 365k for the year, or 1k per day (30k per month). This seems to be helping me stick to writing and not wander around on the internet for so long!

Do you have a specific # of words you write in a day?
I try for 1k a day, but if I miss a day, then I have to write 2k the next day and so on. I had a bad week during band camp- so I had to make up for it by writing more the week later. Sometimes I have a bad month- like May I wrote only 10k for some unknown reason. Maybe I was burnt out. So I’m trying to make up for that this month because I have a lot of time off.

How many books have you published?
6 books, two novellas, and a bunch of short stories. One book is out of print now- which is fine because it was my first one and has a lot of mistakes.

What is the genre(s) of Colonization?
I’d say YA sci fi romance. It’s sort of post-apocalyptic- but the apocalypse happened a long time ago. I don’t think it’s dystopian because the world is pretty nice-not so bad. LOL

Finish this statement: If readers like books by __?______________, they’ll like Colonization.
I’m not sure about this one because I haven’t read many YA sci fi books. Maybe Lauren Oliver? I did enjoy her series starting with the book Delirium. But, maybe not Suzanne Collins because her books (the Hunger Games trilogy) are much darker.

Do you have another book coming out after Colonization?
Yes, there will be two more in the trilogy: Reconnaissance and Alliance. The second book was actually inspired by a comment you had about the first. I’m developing the other characters in the series by giving each one their own book. Recon. It will be told through Nova’s POV, and Alliance will be told through Lyra’s POV. 

What are you working on now?
I just finished my very first contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing’s new Bliss line. I didn’t think I could write one until I tried- which is good advice for everyone out there- you have to try each genre before you automatically dismiss it as something you can’t write! Now I’m finishing a fantasy romance, and starting a new contemporary romance about two scientists investigating the Loch Ness monster! This fall I’ll start writing the third book in the Paradise Reclaimed trilogy.

Quick Questions:
Plotter or panster? Used to be a panster- now I’m more of a plotter because I have to submit outlines to my agent and my publishing company BEFORE I write the story! It saves so much time on the acceptance end of things.
Quiet or music? I listen to Radio Gaia while I write!
Laptop or desktop? Desktop
Mac or PC? PC
Coffee or tea? Both- I love caffeine!
Wine or other? Wine- although I read somewhere that it causes belly fat, so I’ve cut back.
Day or night? Night!


Thank you so much for having me on your blog, and for supporting me in my writing journey!




28 comments:

  1. A thousand words a day, every day? I am in awe...

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  2. Thanks, Alex! It drives me crazy sometimes. But, I'm a little crazy to begin with. LOL

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  3. Hi Theresa and Aubrie - great post .. you've obviously got yourself tracked into your own writing world - if Alex is in awe you're doing something exceptional!

    Cheers to you both - Hilary

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    1. Thanks, Hilary! I am in my own world so to speak! Maybe a little bit too much!

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  4. Oh I really love the cover! Good luck, Aubrie!

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    1. Thank you! I was so excited when I saw it for the first time!

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  5. Aubrie (and other authors I know) are so prolific (as you've pointed out). I feel like a slug. They really should invent a word for people like me the same as they have for rating mutants in X-Men. I'd be like a type 1 writer while Aubrie would be like a type 4 writer (the higher the number, the more prolific the author).

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    1. Awww....Michael, I started out writing so slowly. It took me two and a half years to finish my first book.

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  6. Wine causes belly fat?!!? Never!! Lies, all lies! LOL!!

    But seriously! I am in super duper awe!!! 6 books, lots of stories and more to come?!?! WOW!!

    All the best! You GO, girrrrl!!

    Take care
    x

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    1. I read it on a yahoo article, so who knows?

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  7. Great to meet you, Aubrie! Your book sounds so different. I write YA, so I'll definitely have to check it out.

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  8. It was wonderful meeting you Aubrie. You have an inspiring story behind your journey. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on the release!

    Hi Theresa!

    Nas

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  9. Crikey! 1k per day? I can do that some days, but not every day - and then you've got editing, promotion and all the rest of it. Starting to see I'm even lazier than I'd thought.

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    1. You're not lazy! It took me quite a few years to get to this point.

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  10. A thousand words a day is very impressive. It definitely shows how dedicated you are to your writing, and that's wonderful. I often wish that I had more time to write, but then I finally realized that all the time I spend watching Youtube videos, reading online advice columns, or reading online news articles could actually be spent writing.

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    1. Thank you! I used to spend 2+ hours a day visiting blogs, but I've redirected my online time to writing for now.

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  11. Yes a thousand words per day is quite impressive indeed!!

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  12. My goodness! Talk about prolific! I feel like such a slacker :) Colonization looks great. Thanks for an interesting interview, Aubrie and Theresa!

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  13. Wow, it sounds like you work hard, to say the least. 1K a day is a great idea - really adds up over time, but I'm sure it's not easy to achieve!

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  14. Sounds like you have a disicplined approach, what with the schedule and word count. Very prolific. I wish you success.

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  15. I have a weekly writing goal. Instead of working on it daily since I'm tired after work, I usually do most of my writing on weekends. If I had a bad week, that means I have to work double the next week. I keep track in an agenda.

    Aubrie sure is prolific. :)

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  16. Wow, 1K words every day is amazing! My goals are much less structured. I must do something writing related m-f. It can be writing, researching , editing, critiquing. I journal my progress in a daytimer at the end of each day. Plus I belong to an accountability group on facebook, that Theresa started.

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  17. Great interview! Wow, you're so busy, Aubrie. Congratulations on juggling it all!

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  18. It's always fun to read about other writers. What's not fun is reading that wine causes belly fat. Out of self-preservation, I'm going to pretend it never happened.

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  19. wow! You've written so much! How wonderful!

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