Today we bring you an interview we recently had with author of Enclave and Outpost, Ann Aguirre.
We'll also, courtesy of MacKids, will be giving away a paperback copy of Enclave, and a hardcover copy of Outpost to one lucky commenter.
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Welcome to Good Choice Reading!
1. Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release Outpost, book two in your Enclave series?
This is a story about how the kids adapt to life in Salvation. Relationships are important, and there's lots of character development. There are still plenty of pulse-pounding action, but it's layered between sweetness and poignant moments.
2. What was the most challenging part for you in creating Deuce’s world?
My worldbuilding process seems to be unusual in the sense that I don’t create worlds before characters. With me, character is king. The people I write are real to me, and basically, they tell me about their environments on a need-to-know basis. To many people, this probably sounds crazy; fictitious people who live in my head tell me things that I didn’t know before? Suuuure.
The one component I impose in my worldbuilding is that all elements should be internally consistent. If there is no magic in the world in book one, I can’t solve a problem with a spell in book three. But generally, my protagonists make it clear early on whether they’re living in a science-based world or a paranormal one, and all logic descends from that reality. So I can't really address what was difficult about creating Deuce's world. She told me about it and I wrote it down.
3. Tell us one thing no one knows about your characters.
Fade is the sensitive one in their relationship, the more emotional one. It isn't that Deuce feels less for him, but she's less experienced at handling her emotions. Fade is also a bit of a turtle when it comes to emotional pain. In his life, he's lost a lot of people, and if he suspects more might be incoming, he pulls back inside himself. That's when he stepped off when Deuce started training with Stalker. He couldn't imagine that she would choose him -- because everyone leaves -- and so he tried to prepare himself to lose her. He feels things pretty intensely, but he keeps it all bottled up. He's not good at talking about everything he feels because that's so much vulnerability. He's also afraid to ask for what he wants; he thinks if he doesn't admit to it, then nobody can hurt him by withholding from him. He has a hard road ahead of him in Horde.
4. Your characters have some pretty unique names. How did you come up with their names? Is there a website and/or book that you used to help name them?
No. They told me their names as I wrote the book. In the enclave, the names came from the coming-of-age ceremony. In the Wolves, you got a name based on what you were good at, and for Stalker, it was tracking, which comes in very handy in Outpost.
5. Do you have a specific soundtrack and/or set of songs that you listened too while writing both books?
Thank you Ann for stopping by today and answering our questions. We leave your readers now with a small teaser of Outpost. Enjoy!
Before I could answer, he cupped my cheek in his palm, dark eyes searching mine. Apparently satisfied by what he saw, he leaned his brow against my head. My heart gave a treacherous thump at his nearness. It was late afternoon, sunny and bright, which meant anyone could happen on us. Though the rules weren’t strict here, I might get in trouble for sitting so close and letting him touch me, but I didn’t care.
“I missed you.” I didn’t mean to tell him so, even if it was true. Admitting need felt like weakness; it demonstrated dependence and vulnerability.
But when he lifted his head, his dark eyes shone brighter than I’d ever seen, like he held stars inside. “It’s been awful without you, but I thought you chose him. I was determined to respect your decision.”
“He’s a friend,” I said again. “But he’s not you.”
“Here, it’s not like it was down below,” he murmured. “There’s no shame.”
His kiss didn’t surprise me. My response did. Delight surged from the moment his lips touched mine, and I pressed close, wanting to crawl out of my skin and into his. Fade wrapped his arms around me as if he felt the same, his whole body trembling. Such strong feelings terrified and elated me simultaneously. These sensations were the reason for the noises I’d heard down in the enclave, breeders huffing and moaning as they made a new life. Before, I always imagined it was an unpleasant chore, like patrolling the back ways, and you put up with the process in order to achieve the desired result. Now, I wasn’t so sure.
When I pulled free, my heart beat furiously in my ears and I couldn’t catch my breath. Wonderingly, I touched my fingers to my lips.
I breathed, “That’s dangerous. How long have you known?”
“That it could be so. . .so…” Words failed me.
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Deuce’s whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight.
To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.
Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide.
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