1) First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.
I’ve lived my whole life in New Hampshire. I’m one of four kids, and we all live within 20 minutes of each other now as adults. We go to each other’s birthday parties and hang out all the time. It’s really great. Family is very important to us, and we all have a big support network.
I’m actually a flute teacher/performer by day and a writer by night. I teach at a local university and a community music school, and I freelance with area orchestras.
2) How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing all my life. I wrote my first poem in elementary school about how I’ll never get to see a unicorn. I’ve always had a flare for the dramatic and the melancholy. I started writing seriously about seven years ago. It took me two and a half years to finish my first book. Now I can write a book in a few months!
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
Yes, I do. I write at my computer. I have all my favorite things around me like my Jack Sparrow figurine, my signed Star Trek Picture- signed “To Aubrie” by Data, himself, my cup of coffee, my word count notebook, and two chap sticks. Everything I need to write!
4) Why did you decide to write Reconnaissance?
After I finished the first book, I knew the story wasn’t over yet. There was so much more to tell about the colonization of the planet and all the threats they had to face. Also, I felt like my antagonist in the first book didn’t get enough development time, so I made her the protagonist in the second book and turned everything on its head! It worked out really well. So far readers have said they hate her in the first book, then love her in the second, which is exactly what I wanted.
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Definitely the protagonist, Nova. She is brilliant, but also very insecure and flawed. Her character arc is so dramatic, and it was fun to see her grow up into a real woman!
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
Probably Alcor, one of the reconnaissance team members. His character is less developed, so I really didn’t have much to go on with him. I remedied that by writing a short story about his own character arc, called Breach. This story was given out as Inkspell Publishing’s free reads program, and will be available for purchase soon.
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I proof them myself, then my agent proofs them, then my editor. Even with all of those people, mistakes sometimes slip through- which annoys me because I am a perfectionist. As I write more, I’m getting better at catching them, though.
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I play and teach flute. This is another lifelong dream I’ve had besides writing. I also love watching Star Trek- I’m slowly working my way through all seasons of every show, and I recently started up yoga and pilates.
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I read in all genres, but I prefer science fiction and fantasy. Currently I’m reading Game of Thrones by George Martin- which is teaching me a lot about writing. My favorite authors are Tad Williams, Patricia McKillip, and Ursula Le Guin.
10) What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.
You’ve asked all the questions I wanted! Thank you!
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?