Friday, March 29, 2013

Playing the Maestro by Aubrie Dionne:Interview : Bewitching Tour Stop


Welcome back Aubrie.  It's a real treat to host you today during your tour.  I'm thrilled you've returned to tell us about your newest book.  So...what's the scoop?

I’m a professional flutist, so I’ve been playing in orchestras all my life, and I thought it would be interesting to write a story based in that atmosphere. Playing the Maestro is about a flutist who falls for the conductor, and her boss, and all of the fallout that would occur if such a thing happened. It’s a romance for all the band geeks out there. If you’ve ever played an instrument, or wanted to, then you’ll like this story.

What was your first sale as an author?

My first sale was a short story titled Sea Storm’s castaway to Silver Blade magazine. I think I got like $2 or $5 for it, but I was soooo excited!

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

I’ve just increased my word count from 1k a day to 2k a day, so I write from 10-11ish in the morning, then 9-10ish at night. In between I teach flute lessons.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Most of the reviews of my books are positive, but reading the negative reviews really gets me down. People can be so snarky, mean and disrespectful. I don’t think they think about how someone poured their heart and soul into the work. Or, they just feel better by putting other people down. Either way, I don’t read the reviews any more. I get more writing done if I don’t.  

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Yes! Of course! I definitely need feedback to make sure I’m keeping things on track. My mom and my sister read everything I write. I also have a great critique partner and fellow author friend, Cherie Reich who helps me with stuff like grammar and commas! (Because those still confuse me at times) 

Tell us about your family.

My family is all very close. I’m the oldest of four siblings: a sister and two brothers. One of my brothers actually looks just like me! Handsome guy he is!

Thanks for this great interview!


Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation--favorite character was Data by far--and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.

Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "a concert flutist" when she grew up. She majored in flute performance at the University of New Hampshire on a full scholarship, then secured two teaching jobs at a University and a local community music school. While playing in orchestras and teaching, stories popped into her head, and she used them to make the music come alive for her flute students. Her students said they were so good, she had to write them down! Maybe they were right, who knows? Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.

She is represented by Dawn Dowdle and writes sweet and adventurous fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary romance.
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Playing the Maestro
Maestro Series Book One

Aubrie Dionne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
ISBN: 1622668723 
Number of pages: 190
Word Count: 48k

Cover Artist: Jessica Cantor



Book Description:
Melody Mires has sworn off dating musicians, but when the sexy European conductor Wolf Braun takes over her struggling symphony, her hesitation almost flies out the window with the notes of her flute—until he opens his mouth. Wolf is arrogant, haughty, and seems to have a personal vendetta against Melody. Oh, and he’s her boss. If she wants to keep her job as principal flutist, she’ll have to impress Wolf while simultaneously keeping her undeniable attraction to herself.

Wolf came to America to get as far away from his past as possible, and to recover some of the swagger he had as one of the world’s best maestros. He never imagined being forced to reassess the entire orchestra’s talent—and potentially fire anyone who doesn’t make his cut. Dating the attractive flutist is out of the question, but as their feelings reach a fever pitch, can they risk both their careers for a chance at love?

"Every one of the musicians she’d dated was the same as her: burned out from practicing to beat the chair ahead of him, teaching five million lessons a day to make ends meet, scrambling for gigs two hours away on the weekends, so involved in a dying art form that he didn’t even know the Bruins were an ice hockey team."

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nightowl03148808 said...

Can't wait to read. Enjoyed the excerpt.

Aubrie said...

Thanks for hosting me!