By Liz Everly
As a part of this weekend’s online Romance Festival, the Lady Smut bloggers are interviewing some of Harper Impulse’s authors. If’ you’ve not been to the festival yet, check out the Twitter feed on our side panel, @romance festival #romance14; the Facebook page here, and the blog here.
In the mean time, we’ve come up with five questions for each of our author guests, with ONE specific question geared to each writer. Without further adieu, here is Aubrie Dionne, author of Harper Impulse’s “An American Girl in Italy.”
A bit about her from her blog: Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happily Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Inkspell Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. Her latest contract is with Harper Impulse for a set of two contemporary romances releasing spring 2014. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.
Now for the questions:
Q: If you were a drink, what kind of drink would you be? And why?
A: Okay, I’d love to say a strawberry margarita with salt on the rim, but I’m just not that interesting or playful. That’s why my characters are, right? I live vicariously through them! I’d probably be a cup of coffee. I’m a little anxious and hard working by nature so that fits me the best.
Q: Who do you read who makes you laugh or cry? Or both?
A: *Never Let Me Go* by Kazuo Ishiguro made me cry like a baby. It’s about people who are grown and harvested for their organs, and it’s beautifully written, showing that clones have just as much emotion and will to live as regular people. A movie version came out with Kiera Knightly, and I have yet to see it. I’m not sure I’ll be able to sit through it!
As for laugh, I just read Jill Knapp’s upcoming release for Harper Impulse titled *What Happens to Men When They Move to Manhattan*, and I laughed out loud all the way through. It was hilarious. Seriously. Everyone needs to pick up a copy when it comes out.
Q: This is stolen from the Harper Impulse author bio form—but please tell us about your worse date ever. Don’t spare us the gruesome details.
A: Oh gosh, I’ve been married for almost twelve years, so I’ll have to think way back. Probably in college. I tried to go out with this older guy who worked on campus and all I talked about was my favorite color and my favorite ice cream, and I totally scared him away. He probably thought I watched cartoons all day and dreamed about unicorns. I just wasn’t ready for dating, never mind someone older than me! Cringe.
Q: What brought you to Harper Impulse – what was happening when you “got the call” that they wanted your book?
A: My agent called out of the blue. I totally wasn’t expecting it. So many people had already rejected *An American Girl in Italy*, I had low expectations, and wham! My first “big six publisher.” I was on cloud nine. It totally changed the way I approached writing. I was in a slump before, and now the possibilities were endless. And I have to say my experience with them has been so positive and enriching. Thank you, HarperImpulse.
Q: Where do you dig deepest in your writing – what’s the theme in your book that you feel the most passionate about?
A: Definitely the plight of classical music today. I feel like it’s a dying art form and I worry that fifty years from now people won’t want to go to orchestra concerts. By writing these books I hope to make classical orchestra concerts more accessible. I want people to get excited about dressing up and seeing the symphony perform, whether it’s the BSO or a local community orchestra. Classical music is so beautiful and it’s such a great part of history, it really deserves to be performed and appreciated today.
Q: I write and blog under the name Liz Everly and all of my books are set in foreign countries. For me, setting stories on the international landscape, feels freeing, exciting and my characters lose their inhibitions much easier. (Grin). Why did you choose your particular setting and how does it affect your story?
A: I can definitely see why setting stories on the international landscape feels freeing and exciting! I chose Italy because my orchestra toured Italy when I was a senior in high school. It was such a great experience and a lot of my main character’s observations are my own! I even met my very own Michelangelo (Michelangelo is the name of the hero in An American Girl in Italy). But it wasn’t romantic, not anything like what happens in the book!
Want more of Aubrie Dionne? Check her out!