Young Adult Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Date Published: 4/29/2013
Nova Williams has lost her one shot at Lieutenant hood and at love. Lieutenant Crophaven has promoted her rival, Andromeda, all because her lifemate, Sirius, sacrificed their mission to win back Andromeda’s love.
While sneaking out to prove Andromeda is a fake, Nova finds an alien ship hovering over their colony. Lieutenant Crophaven assigns her to a reconnaissance mission, giving her a second chance to redeem herself. Sirius must fly her and a research team to the vessel to decide if they are a threat. Thrown together with the lifemate that betrayed her, she battles with her own jealousy while her team battles for their lives.
Can she forgive Sirius in order to save her team and warn her colony?
From Innocent to Snarky: Why I Choose a Different Main Character for Book 2.
If you read Colonization, Book 1 in the Paradise Reclaimed trilogy, you know my main character, Andromeda, was an innocent, naïve girl who lived in the bubble of her family cell and the cocoon of her ship, the New Dawn. She may have been lazy, preoccupied, whiny and childish at times, but she grows out of procrastinating and feeling sorry for herself to save the colony and win the highly coveted position of Lieutenant.
I wanted to go in a different direction for Reconnaissance, Book 2. This time, the book is about Andromeda’s nemesis, Nova. This character is hard working, sure of herself, brilliant, and snarky. She’s just been dumped on by Andromeda, and is forced to have to win back the respect of the colony if she’s ever going to get her lieutenant position. She harbors a lot of anger and resentment and has to get over those feelings and forgive both Andromeda and the lifemate that betrayed her to save the colony.
I choose a snarkier character for book 2 to change the tone. The colonists aren’t innocent anymore. They’ve landed on their planet and fought their first threat. They’re jaded and hurting. They don’t trust their mission like they used to. So Nova is the perfect character to embody that.
So which one was more fun to write? Which made for a better story?
I’d have to say Nova in Book 2. Although I’d never say the things she said in this book, I had a grand time writing them. She has so much pent up emotion in the beginning of the book, it was a lot of fun to help her work through those feelings and come to terms with what happened in book 1. Sure she had more problems, but that made her all the more interesting to write and gave her all the more room to grow.
My question to you as readers is: which character is more likeable after reading through the whole book: Andromeda or Nova. Which one do you identity with?
Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could reenact every scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek The Next Generation-favorite character is Data-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all-time favorite movie is 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. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.
Now for the professional bio:
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. 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. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.