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September 12, 2012

Interview with author Ann Aguirre & Giveaway of Enclave and Outpost!

Hi GCReaders!

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.

Check it out!

Hi Ann!

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!

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