Today, we have Ann Aguirre here with us to discuss Outpost, the sequel to Enclave. This is a series that both Kate and I love and highly recommend! Check out our reviews for Enclave (Kristen's and Kate's) and Outpost.
1. What are five words that describe Outpost?
Dangerous. Dazzling. Desperate. Delicious. Dramatic.
I approach all my books with the intention of being true to the characters. So the primary difference is the age of the protagonists. Someone who is fifteen generally lacks the life experience of someone who is thirty, though that can be heavily dependent on the world in which they come to maturity. Someone in Deuce's world, for instance, is probably more mature than a sheltered teenager in today's world. All my novels, adult and young adult alike, contain lots of action and a touch of relationship / romance, so that's the unifying thread.
3. I love how the characters developed in Outpost. Which character are you most like and why?
Thanks! I'm all about the heroine's journey; my characters change over the course of a series, and Deuce is no exception to this. I'd say I'm most like Tegan in that I've survived some pretty harsh things in my life, and it made me stronger. I'm also a healer / nurturer rather than a fighter. I can't even bring myself to kill bugs. Which makes it rather ironic that my books have so much fighting in them.
I don't know if this counts as a quirk, but I'm a creature of habit and I work best (and most productively) at home. When I travel, I have the worst time focusing because the surroundings are all wrong and my routine has been disrupted. The one exception is that I write like a fiend in airports, on airplanes, trains, train stations, etc. I have no explanation for that. But plant me in a comfortable hotel room or a strange rental home, and I'm unable to concentrate. It's inexplicable.
5. Outpost was fantastic, but now we are dying for more! How many books are in the series and when do they come out?
The last book is tentatively entitled Horde. It's a trilogy, so the series will be complete in fall of 2013. I hope you enjoy the finale!
We can't wait! Thanks Ann for answering our questions!
Ann Aguirre is part of the Fall 2012 Fierce Reads campaign and is on tour in September.
Check out the Fall Fierce Reads trailer!
Read a chapter excerpt of Outpost on the Fierce Reads Fan Page.
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Ann Aguirre wrote a short story, Endurance, that takes place in the same world, but focuses on Thimble and Stone, and bridges the gap between Enclave and Outpost.
Other Tour Stops:
Wednesday 9/5 Two Chicks on Books
Thursday 9/6 The Book Cellar
Friday 9/7 Page Turners
Saturday 9/8 Wastepaper Prose
Monday 9/10 Maria’s Melange
Tuesday 9/11 Almost Grown-up
Wednesday 9/12 Good Choice Reading
Thursday 9/13 Mundie Moms