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One Week of Wolves- Ann Aguirre

Ann Aguirre is one of those writers who makes me go ‘Oooohhhhh…’ and after reading one of her stories I find myself thinking back on parts. Some day I want to be able to write the layers within layers that she does. I also admire Ann for her ability to write in different style of genre, and she works very hard to make her stories very awesome. I like seeing that! :D Oh, and the kick-ass heroine in her romantic sci-fi series? I <3’s Jax.

Here’s Ann:

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So Viv invited me to guest blog. She recommended a number of topics. Being a diligent person, I wrote all the topics separate pieces of paper and invited my cat to choose. After ten minutes of coaxing said cat and failing, I called my child, who proved more reliable than the feline. You lucky people get to find out why I love writing in multiple genres.

First, I suppose I ought to introduce myself. I write romantic science fiction, urban fantasy, young adult, paranormal suspense and apocalyptic romance with Carrie Lofty, my friend and writing partner. Since I signed with Laura Bradford in March 2007, I’ve sold eighteen novels, three short stories, and a novella. I live in Mexico with my family, and I love video games. (That should about do it, yeah?) Moving on!

As to why I love writing across many genres, it’s equal parts love and necessity. See, I suffer from a condition called Genre ADD. If I had to commit to writing only one type of book, I’d get bored. People often comment on the pace at which I write; the word “grueling” has been used. And yeah, sometimes even I wonder how it all gets done at the end of the day. But changing things up helps a great deal. I’m generally not writing the same thing back to back (although I did the year I wrote two Ava books, Skin Heat and Skin Dive; those are paranormal suspense.) Now I’m writing romantic science fiction, Aftermath, the fifth Jax novel — at the same time as the the second Ellen Connor book, Midnight. The two are different enough that I don’t mind the double work. Oddly enough, I can write 5K a day, as long as it’s not on the same project. Since I’m constantly changing what I think about, multiple genres help prevent me from burning out. I’m always getting edits or revisions in addition to the new material I’m contracted to write, but fortunately, it’s usually different than what I’m already working on.

In that same vein, series make it easier to juggle multiple projects. Jax is one of the easiest for me to write because I’ve been with her the longest. (And I cried when I turned in my proposal for the last two books.) Yet I’m ready to wrap things up for her and send her on her merry way. At this point, I think she’s been through enough.

I’ve always been an eclectic, mood-driven reader, so it’s natural I write the same way. Feel free to ask questions and I’ll check back to answer them. Thanks for having me!

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Ann is also out at RWA this week, so we’ll see how much time she has to drop in. To enter to win your choice of one of these books, (the far right is under her Ava Gray pen name) either ask her a question, or tell us what your two favorite genre are to read.

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Sherry S.
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Sherry S.

Do you ever start writing a story thinking it will be one genre then decide to change it to another? Or have a hero or a heroine that you thought you would write in one genre then decide to write them in another? My favorite genres to read are paranormal and romantic suspense.

Caitlin U
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I usually really enjoy urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I love the impossible made possible and have their own worlds I would love to visit.

CrystalGB
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CrystalGB

Hi Ann. Great post. My favorite genres to read are paranormal and urban fantasy.

Morning Glow
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I really enjoy romance and urban fantasy. And I especially love when those two things are brought together to form… Paranromal Romance! Dun dun dun. Sorry.. I haven’t had my daily dose of caffeine yet. But yes, I spend most of my reading time in those two genres, but now that I’ve started reviewing books, I’m getting into other genres, and found I like more out there than I thought…

MinnChica
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Hey Ann! I love all the different genres you write in. Have you thought about expanding outside what you have been writing? Maybe into steampunk? You have a YA Sci-Fi coming out soon too right?

Darla
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I really enjoy reading urban fantasy, romance, and paranormal romance.

JenM
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JenM

Ann, when you are reading, do you also find that you tend to switch genres, or do you have a favorite that you always come back to? I get bored also if I don’t switch up genres when I’m reading so I usually alternate between straight romance and urban fantasy.

Capella
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Capella

Ann,

Thanks for sharing your “genre ADD”. I’m only an aspiring writer, but I’ve found exactly that- that having a few projects in wildly different “worlds” and being able to jump between them prevents me from getting burned out. But my friends would criticize me for this and tell me I should store the other ideas for later and focus on just one thing at a time. I’m really excited to hear that someone actually *published* and professional does this! It makes me feel much less alone. Thank you.

Capella

Colleen
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Colleen

It all depends on my mood… I love the variety of genres in romance… one day I want to read Paranormal, another Contemporary, then Historical, etc… I definitely read with my moods!

Cathy M
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Cathy M

What I grab to read depends on my mood too, but most often it is a parnaormal romance or romantic suspense story.

ms bookjunkie
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(Don’t enter me into the draw, I am a fangirl and already have all the books. :D)

Pick my two favorite genres to read? How am I supposed to answer that? As long as it has romance in it, I’m happy to give it a try. Actually, as long as a relationship in it, I’m happy to read it. I wouldn’t go as far as saying I have the reading version of Genre ADD, but if it entertains me, I don’t much care how it’s classified.

Jeanette Juan
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Jeanette Juan

Loved the post! My two favorite genres are paranormal romances and urban fantasy.

Sullivan McPig
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Sullivan McPig

Haven’t read anything by Ann, but especially Grimspace sounds like a book I should put on my tbr list.
My favourite genres are Urban Fantasy and Fantasy I think, but I read about anything that sounds interesting no matter what genre.

Jane
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Jane

I love romantic suspense and paranormals.

Joder
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Joder

My favorite genres are UF and paranormals. I love the dark and gritty feel of these kinds of stories.

heather brewer
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heather brewer

I love paranormal romance the best but I also read urban fantasy and scifi too.

jennifer mathis
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jennifer mathis

Ann – who is your all time favorite author

My favs are paranormal and historical and when I find both in one book its heaven

meandi09@yahoo.com

Chelsea B.
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Chelsea B.

I adore both Paranormal Romance and Historical Romance. I would be hard pressed to choose one over the other! :-)
I loved Skin Game, and can’t wait to dig into Skin Tight!

findmywayhome
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findmywayhome

I love these books! I was wondering if I could ask a specific series question rather than a genre one? Anyways, if I can here’s my question: I was reading past interviews regarding the Corine Solomon series and how you weren’t 100% sure on who Corine was going to choose. Do you know now which direction you are going? Don’t worry, I’m not asking for who it is :P

Marlene Breakfield
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My two favorite genres are paranormal romance and historical romance.

elaing8
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elaing8

my 2 favorite genres to read erotic and paranormal romance

Lisa Guertin
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Lisa Guertin

I read a mixture of genres but my favorites are paranormal and western romances (at least they’re my favorites today). Skin Game is in my tbr pile currently.

Lindsey Ekland
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Lindsey Ekland

First love is paranormal romance and now getting back into all types of historicals from regency to early English.

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