Author Interview: Aubrey Mace


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Aubrey who are you as a person versus an author?

I love to work in the yard, but my allergies have been so bad this year that I haven't been out there as much. I'm a bit of a compulsive weeder. I love to cook. Before I wrote my first book, I was set on going to school to be a pastry chef. In fact, the main character in my next book, Santa Maybe, owns her own bakery, which has always been a dream of mine. And I love to travel, but I've been kind of stuck lately; my sister and mother are my vacation buddies, and my sister currently has two kids under the age of three. I love them a bunch, but they do make it a little harder to pick up and leave! :) I'm also a big reader. I've always got a huge stack I'm working through. Actually, I'm toying with the very sinful idea of putting my current writing project away and just reading all summer.

What genre(s) do you write in?

Spare Change was a tame little chick-lit, and my newest book, My Fairy Grandmother, is a YA/middle grade novel. And the novel I mentioned earlier, Santa Maybe, is kind of a Christmas comedy/romance. So I'm all over the place right now as far as genre goes.

Do you seek to educate or entertain?

I enjoy being educated myself, but I'm not much of an educator. I'm not expert enough on anything to offer advice, so I'd have to say I'm in it to entertain.

Where do you write your best stuff, and when?

I get most of my writing done at night, since I work full-time. I've tried getting up early, but my brain really doesn't function in the morning. And I do better when it's quiet-- I'm easily distracted, so I tend to seclude myself when I'm working.

Why do you write?

There was no golden moment when I knew I wanted to become a writer. But I have ALWAYS loved books. I love bookstores. I love libraries. I love buying books and borrowing books and lending books. There's that excitement when you read something amazing and you want to share it with everyone you know. I've always idolized authors who can write well so much that I suppose it was inevitable I would want to try my hand at the craft.

Vanilla or chocolate?

Chocolate. Unless it's pudding. I have a major weakness for vanilla pudding. I think I could eat it everyday.

Laptop, PC, Mac, longhand, other?

I mainly write in notebooks because they're convenient-- you can take them with you everywhere. If I have a flash of something, I can jot it down and work with it later. I have to really be "in the zone" to type straight from my brain to the computer.

What is your current book?

My current book is called My Fairy Grandmother, and I think it's my favorite so far. It's a fun, slightly dark story about Kaitlin, a nine-year old girl who goes to visit Viola, the grandmother she barely knows. Viola wants to tell Kaitlin the story of her life. Kaitlin is skeptical, but when Viola starts talking about castles and fairies, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary family history lesson. I love this story because it's about good and evil and being terrified but still having the courage to do the right thing. Plus, there's the added bonus of getting to decide for yourself whether Viola's outlandish past really happened or if she's just incredibly senile!

One piece of advice/wisdom for the world?

Take the time to slow down and appreciate the little things. I'm constantly surprised by the things I almost miss when I'm in too big a hurry to look around.

Dogs or cats?

Definitely cats, even though mine is mental. She has anxiety issues, so she pulls her fur out. When I go into the garage in the morning, there's a pile of orange fur on the steps waiting for me.

What do you want to be remembered for, or as?

I hope I will be remembered as someone who would drop anything for family or friends and who tried every day to be a little bit better than I was the day before.

Oh-- and as someone who can tell a really good story. :)


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