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.
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!
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