Saturday, July 29, 2017

1 Ann Aguirre, author of VANGUARD, on giving readers what they want

We are thrilled to have Ann Aguirre here to chat about VANGUARD, the fourth book in The Razorland series.

Ann, what was your inspiration for writing VANGUARD?

​I got so much reader correspondence asking what happened to Tegan and whether she eventually ended up with James Morrow, that I jokingly said, "If there's enough interest, I'll write a companion novel!" To be honest, I intended to leave that open and up to reader imaginations, but then my editor asked if I would actually do that, because it seemed there was sufficient demand for a companion story. After some reflection, I decided I would be happy to tell Tegan's story. And then I did. :)​

What scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud?

​The scene where Tegan talks about the sexual abuse she suffered with the Wolves was pretty gut-wrenching to write. As a survivor myself, I had to channel some pretty dark memories to get those feelings, and it was excruciating. I don't know if I'm proud of that scene per se, but I do think it will resonate with readers who have similar experiences. I hope it helps someone to see that anger and pain depicted as accurately and honestly as I could.

What do you hope readers will take away from VANGUARD?

​A happy feeling and ​deep sigh of contentment. I also hope they'll be hungry for more stories in the Razorland world. In many ways, VANGUARD is a bridge book, wrapping up the apocalypse from the main trilogy and showing readers that the world is changing. Eventually, I plan to write an epic fantasy series set in that world, 500 years in the future. Terry Brooks wrote a fantasy set in a world that been destroyed and rebuilt, and then later wrote about that destruction. I've flipped that order and shown readers how our world ended, giving rise to these new lands.

How long or hard was your road to publication? How many books did you write before this one, and how many never got published?

​It was long. I wrote off and on from age fifteen to thirty-six. At twenty-one, I had an agent, but I didn't sell. Fast forward to 2007, and I finally sold a novel to Ace books. That was the science fiction romance Grimspace, and the start of a ten year career. I wrote ten books that failed before selling that​ one, and I'm now working on my 40th published novel!

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

​If this is your dream, don't ever give up. ​There's no guarantee of success, but every writer who's made it has one thing in common: they didn't quit. So keep writing, keep striving, and keep following your dreams.

What are you working on now?

​I just finished book two in the YA SF Honors series that I'm writing with Rachel Caine. I'm also drafting a thriller. Can't say more than that yet! ​


by Ann Aguirre
Feiwel & Friends
Released 7/25/2017

The Razorland saga continues. Since the war ended, Tegan has dreamed of an epic journey, so when she has the opportunity to sign on as ship's doctor, she can't wait. It's past time to chart her course. Millie Faraday, the kindest girl in the free territories, also yearns to outrun her reputation, and warrior-poet James Morrow would follow Tegan to the ends of the earth.

Their company seems set, but fate brings one more to their number. Tegan will battle incredible odds while aiding Szarok, the Uroch vanguard, who has ventured forth to save his people. Szarok is strange and beautiful, like a flower that blooms only in the dark. She shouldn't allow him close, as such a relationship is both alien and forbidden. But through stormy seas and strange lands, she will become stronger than she ever knew.

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Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today 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, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.


Have you had a chance to read VANGUARD yet? Have you ever hoped your favorite author would continue the story for you? Are you continuing to follow your writing dreams? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

Emily, Jocelyn, Anisaa, Sam, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, and Lori Ann

1 comment:

  1. I hadn't seen this series until recently but I have since added it to my TBR.


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