Ann Aguirre is a writer that tells a story that is compelling with and filled with witty heroines who are usually in over
their heads. She has two science fiction novels starring Sirantha Jax a pilot with the rare genetic gift to jump ships through grimspace and a new urban fantasy series coming out in 2009 about Corine, a girl with a gift for psychometry. She agreed to take time to share details on her projects and her thoughts on writing.
The Jax series is romantic science fiction. Readers liken it to science fiction television shows that are strongly character driven in addition to the action. I tried to balance the relationships with the adventure.
The Corine Solomon series is urban fantasy, and the main character possesses the gift of psychometry. She’s running away from her old life at the start of the first book, but she gets dragged back in, preventing her from enjoying the peace and quiet she’d really prefer. The books will have an extended romantic subplot, but Corine will receive a happily ever after by the end of the series.
I saw on your website that you write three thousand words a day. Do you have trouble maintaining that amidst family, friends and outside concerns. Do you ever run into writer’s block?
Sometimes it can be difficult, but when I’m drafting a book, I do my best to stay on schedule. The work needs to be done. No, I don’t believe in writer’s block for me. Sometimes I feel lazy and I don’t want to do my work, but I make myself get the job done.
Do you plot your books extensively prior to sitting down at the keyboard or do you come up with the details of the story on the fly. Have characters ever taken you down paths you had not planned?
I just write the book. No plotting. I do come up with details on the fly. Characters are always doing unexpected things.
I don’t work on them simultaneously. I finish one project before starting another.
You recently got signed by Ace do you have any advice on breaking into the biz?
Get a good agent.
What is your most and least favorite words?
Most of my favorite words I’ve made up for cursing purposes and shouldn’t be reposted here. I’m not fond of, “We just don’t love this project enough to buy it.”
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