Sunday, October 30, 2011

Brass Hearts by A Lightbourne-Tour Post: Virtual Book Tour Cafe Tour Stop

I began writing stories almost as soon as I learned to write. From my 1st grade 'journal' full of tales of rabbit adventures to my first full length book at 14.  I have always had a love for writing stories.

Besides words I also have a love for tech. From an early age I built 'bread boards', soldering diodes and components to create such things as a light detecting alarm clock and other such ...useless things.  I moved on to building my first DOS PC at 15. I also graduated School at 15. Later on I became a certified PC tech.

I am happily married with lots of furry little 'children'.  Most of which I raised by hand when a local rescue group or friends brought me orphaned babies to bottle feed.

Most of my writing is SciFi/Fantasy based, and almost all of it contains humor. I like short, fun, humorous stories.

My favorite authors are Jane Austen and Douglas Adams.

I hope you enjoy reading my work as much as I enjoy writing it.

If anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,


A classic Romantic tale, set in a picturesque steampunk world.

All Dulcy Spry wants in life is to inherit her father's small, family business, and help run it while she waits. But after a fateful encounter with the snobbish Mr Pridget on the roadside Dulcy's best friend, Alise, and younger sister, Rosa, drag the reluctant Miss Spry into high society, where lies, manipulations and family secrets threaten to ruin her peaceful life and cast her into the dismal prison of an unwanted marriage.
Brass Hearts is a Cinderella-esque type story. It is a sweet, old fashioned romance, complete with bad impressions, lies, misunderstandings and social divide.
I would call this a light steampunk, it does not focus on tech and gadgetry or air pirates and there are no weapons ever fired in the book. The characters live in a steam powered world that is a mix of Victorian, Early 1900's, Modern day and futuristic.



Does travel play in the writing of your books?
Yes, I get a lot of inspiration for scenes while looking at architecture. I got the water castle in Space Trippers 3: A Frosty Farewell from the fountains in front of a hotel. And some of the most interesting conversations can be overheard while traveling. I am a wall flower, I watch, I listen, I remember. And then I expand on my observations and whole stories or new characters can emerge. I mostly remember funny, amusing things. I like humor and try to include it in my writings whenever I can.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Actually making myself sit down and write! I am a total procrastinator. I tend to never do what needs to be done at the time and find other things to do instead. Many times I try to sit down to write but cannot get into the mind set because my house needs cleaned or I get distracted by new mangas coming out.
What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
My Husband is very supportive, he finds my stories highly entertaining. It is fun to watch his reactions and hear his comments as I read him what I have so far. With Space Trippers he is laughing a lot, which is good as I intend for it to be a light, fun story. With Brass Hearts I heard a lot of exasperated sighs when people annoyed him, and his wanting to slap people, mostly the stuck up 'Richies' and Rosa. LOL
My mother loves my books as well. She is actually the inspiration for Lola in Space Trippers. And I am not being mean, she will openly and proudly announce she is my pattern for Lola....she is a little ditsy. Don't get me started on walking the streets of New York city with her waving money around and commenting on how it looked just like Sesame Street while a gang was following us. Oh, the stories I could tell.
How do you describe your writing style?
I try to be descriptive. I picture everything in my head like a movie playing out, and I try to capture that. I try to say what everyone is doing and how they do it, what they say and how they say it. If they have a compulsive quirk you will 'see' it every time they do it, which may get repetitive, but that is what they were doing so I put it in. I try not to be overly wordy and stick with what is important at the moment, not straying off into too much location detail and loosing the plot. People tend to comment that they can picture my stories like a movie in their head.
My favorite move is Support Your Local you see my style preference.
Do you use a pen name? If so how did you come up with it?
Yes I do. I came up with my pen name when I was 14. I wrote my first full length novel then as extra credit in English (I am dyslexic so I needed it). I did think of a different more 'mature' one later on but decided to go with Aurora Lightbourne. I like it and it reminds me not to take myself too seriously and just have fun.
How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use a set formula?
I don't use any formulas or anything like that. I can't be that...organized and strict. Plots and characters will just come to me as I think about things. I am always coming up with funny stories and fake conversations as my Husband can tell you. I keep him entertained with my odd observations and ramblings. I will just think of a conversation or a character or some setting I like and then as I dwell on it the idea may develop into a full blown, usable notion....or not. Brass Hearts started out as a 'what if'/'wouldn't it be fun if' and then the main character Dulcet came into view. The plot, world and other characters came after as I thought more about her and got to know her life and personality.
As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
I loved Science and the ocean so I wanted to be an oceanographer. Until I learned how much schooling it took ad that there are things in the ocean that are bigger than me...with teeth!
What would we find under your bed?
Drawers. I would say 'with clothes in them' but my cats seem to think they are retractable nesting beds. They think they are sneaky when they pull them out just enough to squeeze down into, but the tell-tale pile of clothing they kicked out to make room for themselves always gives them away.
If you were to write a series of novels what would they be about?
I am writing a series actually. Brass Hearts is a stand-alone, cute romance. My series is an ongoing project, I am currently working on book 5 of the 9 book Space Tripper series.
It is a fun, and I think funny, Sci-fi/Fantasy romp where the main character's past comes to haunt her along with an entire unwanted, mismatched crew. She is not a real people person and there are some on board that insist on being friends; A flirty ex-police pilot and a young genius that has a crush on her for starters. Their interactions as they learn to get along and find their way home when a device strands them in space is the main focus of the plot with a dark, ominous under lining. The series is plotted out in episodic pieces. Kind of like a manga or anime, which I love.


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