Today, I’m happy to welcome fellow Inkspell Publishing author, Aubrie Dionne. She’s here to take us from innocent to snarky! Take it away, Aubrie…
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?
About the Book
Genre: YA Sci-fi Romance
Release Date: May 1st, 2013
Length: Super Novel
ISBN: (Print) 978-1-939590-06-0
ISBN: (ebook) 978-1-939590-05-3
About the Author
Aubrie Dionne writes science fiction fantasy with romantic elements. 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 Inkspell Publishing, Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She’s also a professional flutist in New England.