Today, I'm honored to have the great Ann Aguirre, author of Enclave, with me to answer a few questions.
A little bit about Ann before we begin:
Ann Aguirre is a national bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, two cats, and one very lazy dog. She likes all kinds of books, emo music, action movies and Dr. Who. She writes urban fantasy (the Corine Solomon series), romantic science fiction (the Jax series), apocalyptic paranormal romance (the Ellen Connor books with Carrie Lofty), paranormal romantic suspense (as Ava Gray), and post-apocalyptic dystopian young adult fiction.
Find Ann Aguirre:
At her website
What's the best thing about being an author?
Setting my own hours, working when I want to, and seeing my characters become real in readers' hearts and minds.
What does your family think of your writing?
My son, age 11: I am very proud of you.
My husband: I'm glad you're doing something you love.
My daughter, age 13: I think it's good.
How did the idea for "Enclave" come to you?
Recently, in an interview, I was asked why I chose a post-apocalyptic world for my YA debut. The answer is actually two-fold. First, I wasn't sure I had the voice to write a beautiful contemporary in the vein of Jennifer Echols, but I wanted, quite desperately, to write a YA. So I decided if I couldn't do a compelling young protagonist in this world, I'd invent one.
I'm a child of the eighties, and we saw filmstrips about what would happen if the bomb dropped. Sometimes we had nuclear drills in addition to fire and tornado. When I think about twenty small children huddled under their desks in case the Russians let one fly, well, it's rather absurd, isn't it? But that sort of fear shaped my psyche, so that's definitely a contributing factor.
What's it like hearing that readers are eagerly awaiting your book's release date?
What's next for you?
I have many releases in 2011. For that list, click here: http://www.annaguirre.com/extras/2011-releases/
As for what I'm writing, I am working on DEVIL'S PUNCH, at the moment, which is the fourth in my urban fantasy series.
Awesome! I can't wait to read some of your other books while I'm waiting for the second Razorland novel to come out.
Check out my review of Enclave.