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Ann Aguirre is visiting today

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Ann, Thank-you for agreeing to an interview today.

Thank you for having me, Greta.

 Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

I’m an expat living in Mexico with my husband, two children, a spoiled (but very cute) dog, and owned by two Siamese cats who don’t like sharing me with each other. I have been a voice artist (at one time, if you called McDonalds’ corporate headquarters, it would be my voice on the automated menu), a clown, a clerk… but under and through it all, I’ve been a storyteller. Now I’m a published author—and still, always, a storyteller.

How long have you been writing?

Since… well, always. During “Career Day” in grade school I announced that I was going to be a writer. Mind, my teacher wasn’t too impressed—she said, “That’s not a real job, honey” and recommended that I pick something else. It’s taken me a long time and a lot of writing, I’ll grant her that, but hey! I’m a writer! 😀

What is your writing process like?

I am a workhorse writer. I sit down every day in the morning and write until I have three thousand words. Some days this takes a few hours and it doesn’t feel like work at all. Other days, it’s like pouring my own blood onto the page, drop by drop. Either way, I keep at it until I have my 3K each day. Mind, I don’t plot, so I basically fly by the seat of my pants until I reach the end. Usually, I hate that first draft (and no one else EVER sees my first drafts), but once I have something I can go back and fix whatever needs fixing.  Like Nora Roberts says, “You can’t fix a blank page.”

Doubleblind

Can you tell us about your newest release Doubleblind?

This is a different challenge for Jax. She is impatient, likes to act, to move. In Doubleblind she is forced by circumstances to become a diplomat. Let’s say that she is not happy, and becomes even more unhappy when it becomes clear that someone is determined to obliterate her chance to succeed. For a person who just a few months earlier would just as soon punch her way out of a situation than talk through it, diplomacy is a true challenge.

For readers, who maybe new to your work, this is the third book in a series with reoccurring characters, correct?

Yes. Jax and her universe were introduced in my print debut, Grimspace, which came out in February 2008. Jax is a jumper, which means she can navigate faster-than-light ships through a subspace known as grimspace. That’s like a fold in straight space, allowing them to cross great distances in a blink. Unfortunately, it carries a high burnout rate, and she’s the oldest jumper still working. She’s a survivor, first and foremost; she loves her own skin best. For some Jax is too abrasive; others love her because she breaks a lot of the feminine molds. She’s selfish sometimes, and she does what’s best for her. As the series progresses, she learns to value other people, and she learns to sacrifice. I think the series has a great character arc. If you like SF antiheroines, you might well enjoy it.

Grimspace

 Wanderlust 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can Doubleblind be read as a stand-alone or should Grimspace and Wanderlust be read first?

While I do try to give enough background information for a new reader—and doing this without boring readers who are already fans of the series is a tricky balancing act, by the way—I think that reading the books in order nets the reader the most satisfaction. Jax changes and grows over the course of each novel, but the change from the moment we meet her in the first scene in Grimspace to Doubleblind is quite significant.

I love the name, Sirantha how did you come up with that name?

Short answer, hell if I know. I made it up. Long answer, Walter Jon Williams penned an interesting novel called Aristoi, wherein he taps the idea that we possess fragments of other personalities locked away inside our brains; he called them daimones. These sub-personalities can think and feel independently and possess talents that we need. It’s an intriguing take on beneficial schizophrenia, and I sometimes wonder if there’s a kernel of truth to it.

Because the fact is, I don’t know where Jax (or her world) came from. She told me about everything as we went along, including her name. So I’m going to theorize that I allow these personality fragments to evolve into whole people, complete with history and everything, and then I listen to what they have to say (without going batshit crazy). It sounds marginally better than, “I write what the voices in my head tell me to.”

Do you write under any other names?

I write romantic suspense as Ava Gray. The first one, Skin Game, comes out in November.

Skin GameDo you have any other books releasing this year?

As I mentioned above, Skin Game releases in just over a month. It is the first romantic suspense novel I’ve ever written and I’m very proud of it.

What are you currently working on?

I have just finished the first draft of Shady Lady, the third title in the Corine Solomon series (urban fantasy), and I’m working on the first draft of a young adult novel, tentatively titled Razorland, set in a post-apocalyptic world.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Dreams, sometimes. But I just always have a bunch of other people talking in my head. The one who shouts loudest gets his or her book written next.

 As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

I am indeed an avid and fast reader, in many genres and most subgenres of romance. There are a number of authors whose work I love—it would take forever if I made this exhaustive because books are my great love, but I’ll name a few.

Mystery: Julia Spencer-Fleming, James Lee Burke, Casey Daniels

Science fiction: David Brin, Neal Stephenson, Jack McDevitt, Connie Willis, CS Friedman, Douglas Adams, Walter Jon Williams

Fantasy: Jeri Smith-Ready, Sharon Shinn, Patricia McKillip, Robin McKinley, Neil Gaiman, George RR Martin, Pauline Alama, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris

Romance: Anya Bast, Lauren Dane, Eileen Wilks, Nalini Singh, Lara Adrian, Eve Kenin, Nora Roberts, Connie Brockway, Larissa Ione, Carrie Lofty, Anne Stuart, Linda Howard, Victoria Dahl, Carolyn Jewel

Whew. I have to stop. Just too many to list.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

Books by Larissa Ione, Carolyn Jewel and Anne Stuart

What was the first romance book you read or the one book that has stood the test of time for you?

I started reading romance as a kid. I stole my great aunt’s Harlequins, and the author I remember from the old days (who is still writing) is Margaret Way. I also still adore Sharon Shinn’s Samaria books. I bought her back when I didn’t even have money for food. I sold plasma to buy her books. She was the first author I read who combined romance with fantasy–and she did it with such deft elegance that my chest felt tight when I finished one of her novels.

If one of your books was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

Hmmm… interesting. Well, I can tell you which authors I see when I think of the characters in my Corine Solomon series 😀 Corine looks quite a bit like Christine Hendricks—only with red hair. Chance resembles Chat Tae-huyn (isn’t he gorgeous?), and Jesse brings Olivier Martinez to mind.

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?

Hm, I’m going to say none of them. Why? Well, I’m pretty hard on my characters. I put them through the physical and emotional wringer, and frankly, I don’t think I could hack it. I’d much rather be in my office writing about their harrowing adventures than having them.

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

I love action movies, as well as those cheap science fiction B movies with the bad effects and the jerky monsters? Oh how I love those! And video games. We have an Xbox, where I play games like Fallout 3, Mass Effect and KotOR. I also like to listen to music and go for walks with that spoiled dog I mentioned earlier.

If you could ask readers any one question, what would it be?

Why aren’t all of you reading my books?

Where can readers find you on the internet?

I’m everywhere! Well, not really 😉 I can always be found at my website (http://www.annaguirre.com/) and at my alter-ego’s, http://www.avagray.com/ I also have a Google group, Action and Attitude (http://groups.google.com/group/action-and-attitude) and participate in three multi-author blogs: The Bradford Bunch (http://www.thebradfordbunch.com/), Something Wicked (http://wickedauthors.blogspot.com/) and Writer Unboxed (http://writerunboxed.com/) You can also follow me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ann_aguirre.

 ***Leave a comment answering Ann’s guest and one commenter will win a signed book from Ann. Good Luck 🙂

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31 Responses

  1. I haven’t read one of your books yet but I would love to. My problem is I find all the books I would love to buy but I am on a limited income so I have to budget my book buying.

  2. Don’t enter me…I have all of the books, just want to say Ann!! I can pick several of your characters I would change places with 🙂

  3. Lol, well I have read about Corine and I have read the first Jax book. Now I just need more Jax and have a look at this new book. You’re just giving out to many good books at once 😉

  4. Ann,
    I read Blue Diablo about 2 weeks ago, and WHAT I’m such a fan now. I cannot wait until the second book comes out. What I LOVED about the book was the realness between Chance and Corine. Who hasn’t had a boyfriend that was just a little too disconnected anywho. Loved loved loved, thanks for the great stories.
    And SkinGame is already on the PRE-Order list.

  5. Great interview, and I can’t wait to read Doubleblind! Toss my name in the hat, please. 🙂

  6. I haven’t read any of your books…yet. However there are a couple on my “must get a hold of that” list thanks to a few conversations on Twitter. 😉 I am really looking forward to Skin Game.

  7. I’d love to read this series…haven’t started yet.

  8. Can you add something to one answer? The “What is your process like” question.

    Add: Like Nora Roberts says, “You can’t fix a blank page.” I want to properly attribute that quote.

  9. I received Blue Diablo this morning. I’m a huge fan of the Jax series,and of course i can’t wait to read skin game, i’ve been lurking everywhere to get bits and scraps of this book. That was a great interview, i’d say i would switch lives with some of your characters if it came with the hotties 😉 but you’re right they dont have an easy and quiet life.

  10. I am new to your work, but I find I have to search the internet to find new authors. I live out in the sticks so a book store is not a opption for me. I love finding recommendations online, websites, blogs..etc. Ann your books sound awesome.

  11. I cannot wait to get to the book store tomorrow and get my copy!

  12. Hi Ann. I loved Blue Diablo, my introduction to your work, and picked up Grimspace last week to begin my glom. You have my complete admiration for such a strict work ethic and I applaud your dedication. The results are terrific!

  13. I read BLUE DIABLO and was blown away. I just loved it.

    I am looking forward to the release of SKIN GAME. The excerpt on your web was very intense and now I can’t wait to read this book.

  14. Why aren’t all of you reading my books?
    Because *hidingunderthechair* I don’t know about them – I just discovered you and the books on another blog… but after a short time they found my wishlist and are now waiting to be bought 😉
    Greetings,
    Ina

  15. Would love to read your series, they’re on my TBB (to be bought) list. But having this one would really help. 🙂

  16. I want to! I’m on hold for Blue Diablo at the library, and I can’t wait to read it!

    Thanks for stopping by!!
    Morning Glow
    ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com

  17. Up until a couple months ago, I’d been holding off on your books partly because I wasn’t sure they’d be my thing, and also because they’re a series, and I haaaaate waiting for the next in the series. Anyway, I caved, and read through Grimspace and Wanderlust in one weekend. AWESOME, and now I’m eagerly anticipating Doubleblind. I’ll have to get the rest of your backlist to enjoy while I wait for book 4…

  18. I’m always looking for new authors and series to read, I have many that I follow now!

  19. I have never read these book I have never heard of them til now but I definitely want to start reading them

  20. because I must live in a closet and hadn’t come across any of your books yet. The stories sound great.

  21. “Why aren’t all of you reading my books?”
    Because I’ve read all of them I could get my hands on – except Doubleblind, which I’m hoping to pick up this weekend. I can’t wait to read more about Jax and her adventures.
    I enjoyed the interview, and I’m looking forward to many more great stories from you, Ann.

  22. That was a great interview! And, lol, as for the question, this is the first time I’ve heard of your books! I know! I don’t know where I’ve been 😉 I’ll deffinitelt change that!:)

  23. Thank you for the contest. This is one way I find to read new authors. I would love to win a copy but if I don’t I will be on the look out at the bookstore for your books. 🙂

  24. Hi Ann and Greta~

    I am so so so looking forward to reading Double Blind! I have read all your books and I am a HUGE fan!! Skin Game was excellent (and I will be sending you a link to my review very soon…Real Life has been a huge pain in my rump lately)!

    Congrats on the release of Double Blind and I would love to be entered.

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  26. I am so in love with March and Jax – such a great story!! I really can’t wait to read Doubleblind. Thanks for the great interview.

  27. Super interview! Once a fan, always a fan!

  28. I just started the series. Its GOOOD!

  29. I love the fact that so many of my favourite authors are on your list too. I knew you were a woman of good taste 😀

    I love March and Jax and having read Angel Blood recently I am now loving Corine Soloman too.

  30. Well that’s easy… because I’m a retard!! I did go out and buy Grimspace…finally!! Help me win book 2 so I don’t have a gap between books when I open Grimspace <33

  31. I’ve already read the first two books and can’t wait to pick up the others! I love learning about where names and ideas come from for the stories that I love so much! Great interview! Thanks SO much for posting!

    Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

    IAmHiMaintenance(at)aol(dot)com

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