So today we have an interview with Aubrie Dionne! This is the first author interview at this blog!! So excited!
So Aubrie...Tell us little bit about yourself.
I'm a flutist and a teacher in New England. I teach flute at a Univeristy and a local Community Music School. To keep the flute lessons exciting and make the students play with emotion, I tell stories to go with the music. Over the years,my students insisted that I publish my stories, and so here I am today!
What was your inspiration ; how did you come up with "Chameleon's Colors"?
I love the carnival atmosphere! My favorite movie as a child was "The Last Unicorn" and there's a scene at a traveling carnival that has inspired my imagination for years. There's a sense of magic and excitement at carnivals that you don't see in everyday life. I thought it would be neat to write a series of stories featuring a different female performer in the carnival. The next one in the series is Seer's Destiny, about a fortune teller, coming out in 2010. I also have one about a jester, a flame breather, a snake charmer, and a mermaid, all coming out next year!
How long have you been writing and what made you decide to take the step to becoming an author?
I've written all my life. I started my first novel in high school. It was about a flutist that goes back in time to be a minstrel in a medieval court! I started submitting two years ago, and now I have several publications under my belt!
Are there any other authors that you find inspiring or any favorite books that you must have on your shelves?
I love Tad Williams and his fantasy and science fiction series. I grew up reading Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, the Otherland Series, and now I'm enjoying his new series called Shadowmarch. Other authors I enjoy reading are Patricia McKillip, Neil Gaiman, and Sherri S. Tepper. I love books with strong female characters.
And last but not least...What other works do you have out and where can we find them?
My young adult novel, Dreams of Beauty, can be found at http://www.synergebooks.com/. I have two novels coming out at Lyrical Press in 2010, and my other short stories can be found at Gypsy Shadow Publishing.
Thank you for inviting me here today, Kris!
And that's it!
Thanks for joining us today and I hope to get to read more of your short stories!