June 1, 2010

Today is a special day for me. A day of firsts. 1st of June, 1st author interview.

I am very proud and honored to welcome Ava Gray (aka Ann Aguirre) on my blog who was so gracious and nice to spend some time answering a few of my questions. I read SKIN TIGHT a while back. Click HERE to read my review and was so blown away by it that I took a sip of courage and decided to ask Ava Gray for an interview on my blog to celebrate the release of this awesome book.

Because I loved this book so much I'm also giving a lucky commenter a chance to win this book. Look below the interview for the giveaway-rules but first, sit back, relax and get to know Ms. Gray a bit better.

Let’s start with some QUICKIES to warm up…

Spiders or Rats?

Alpha or Beta?

Batman or Spiderman?

US or Mexico?

Pantser or Plotter?

Sci-Fi or UF?

Early Riser or Night Owl?
Night owl.

Q. Please could you start by telling us a bit about yourself?
A. I’m a national bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before I began writing full time, I was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. I grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now I live in sunny Mexico with my husband, children, two cats, and one very lazy dog. I like all kinds of books, emo music, action movies and Dr. Who. I love playing video games, as long as there’s a strong story component, and I think most games could benefit from more sex to go along with the violence.

Q. For readers out there who are still unfamiliar with your work, please tell us what kind of books you write.
A. I write urban fantasy (the Corine Solomon series), romantic science fiction (the Jax series), apocalyptic paranormal romance (the Ellen Connor books with Carrie Lofty), paranormal romantic suspense (as Ava Gray), and post-apocalyptic dystopian young adult fiction.

Q. Your book SKIN TIGHT is comes out today. This is the second book in the SKIN series. Please tell us a bit about this book and the series.
A. SKIN GAME is the first, and it’s helpful to read the first one beforehand, I think. I’m pleased with the series overall. So far, we’ve sold SKIN GAME (which is now available in Thailand), SKIN TIGHT, SKIN HEAT, SKIN & BONE (novella), and SKIN DIVE. It’s like a dirty & violent blend of Fringe and Heroes, so that should give you some idea what to expect. Interestingly, this is the only series I have sold on proposal. Each book follows one couple’s romance while also being full of action and intrigue. I have some pretty complicated subplots running through, and they aren’t always wrapped up in a single book, although the primary romance is. This series should appeal to those who enjoy Larissa Ione’s books.

Q. The next book in the SKIN series is SKIN HEAT. Could you give us a sneak peek about what’s in store for us in that book?
A. You meet the hero of SKIN HEAT in SKIN TIGHT, but he only speaks one line there at the end. Then in book three, you follow him home to Alabama. Here’s the blurb: 

More wild thing than man…
Zeke Noble has escaped from a secret facility; he has no idea why he was abducted, but the experiments were cruel, soul-killing, and they changed him forever. Now free, his natural affinity with animals has evolved into a dark and dangerous instinct, a curse that costs him too much of his humanity. But he has to rebuild his life, or his tormentors win. To that end, he goes looking for work and finds so much more.

Born to be wild…
Veterinarian Geneva Harper finds herself reluctantly drawn to the lean, mysterious young man to whom the wild is second nature, but she has troubles of her own. She’s the black sheep in an old moneyed Southern family, and she never had any interest in learning the family business, or being the good debutante daughter.

Though Zeke’s wanted Neva for as long as he can remember, their attraction can never go anywhere. They both know that for different reasons. But when a killer starts leaving behind a trail of victims, Zeke’s need to protect her is as fierce as his desire to claim her as his mate. And love may be the only thing that can save them both…

Q. How long have you been writing, and how did you get your start?
A. I’ve been writing since I was nine. I’m thirty-nine now, so unless my math fails me, that’s thirty years. It depends on what you mean by my start. My big break came when Laura Bradford signed me and she sold Grimspace. She offered representation at the end of March in 2007; we pitched on April 11, which is my husband’s birthday. Good omen? I think so. By May, we had an offer, and the rest has been a fabulous ride, full of hard work and wonderful rapport. She will always be a fairy godmother in my eyes.

Q. Do you have a favorite place or time to write? Do you try to keep to a specific writing schedule and strive for a certain amount of work per day?
A. I write in my office, on my couch, or in bed. It really depends on my mood and the type of scene. As for time, I try to get my work done first thing. I do keep a rigorous schedule. With deadlines like mine, I cannot fall behind. “Do or do not; there is no try!” Each book is predicated on 3K a day, 5 days a week, for 6 weeks.

Q. You write Science Fiction Romance, Urban Fantasy, Romantic Suspense with Paranormal Elements, YA and Paranormal Romance. That’s quite some genres. What genre are you most comfortable writing?
A. My books share one common thread; they’re character driven. So as long as I’m connecting with my protagonists and writing the story they need to tell, it’s all good.

Q. Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
A. I try not to.

Q. Do you have a dream project that you haven't written yet?
A. I have quite an extensive idea file, but I’ll get them all in time.

Q. Have your characters ever taken off in a direction that you didn’t expect?
A. Sure.

Q. If you could change places with any of your characters which one would it be and why?
A. Since I tend to torture my characters, I’d rather write their adventures than live them.

Q. Which character did you have the most fun creating and why?
A. I love the one I’m with, which at this time, is Gillie and Taye. They are so bent, and I adore them for it.

Q. If you weren't writing, what would you want to be doing for a living and what do you like to do when you’re not writing?
A. I would be married to Andres for a living. Movies, music, yoga, walking the dog, hanging with my family, and playing video games comprise the bulk of my non-book related interests.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Right here at home with my beloved family.

Q. What question are you never asked in interviews but wish you were?
A. Tell me about the feral demonic monkeys in Shady Lady. Did you really have them on your boat in Catemaco?

Q. What question are you most sick of answering in interviews?
A. Tell me about yourself.

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer my questions! I have truly enjoyed getting to know a bit more about you and hope my visitors will too!


And now for the giveaway!!

* To enter all you have to do is leave me a comment stating why you would like to win SKIN TIGHT and a way to contact you.

* Giveaway is open to all (as long as The Book Depository Store delivers where you live)

* On Friday June 4th I will pick a lucky commenter who wins a copy of SKIN TIGHT


The Queen B said...

Awesome interview! I'd ask about the demonic monkeys, but I have a....thing with monkeys....
Anyway, enter me please! I read the first one and loved it very much so I'd love to get my grubby paws on this one.

Sabrina (about happy books) said...

I'm about to start with "Skin Game" in the next days because I read so many great reviews about it. I would love to get the second book in the series so that I could read them back to back.


Leontine said...

quote review Skin Tight Pearl: He lifted up, rubbing against her heated flesh in long strokes. “Now. Take me, nothing between us this time.” It was both a plea and a demand. “You’re mine, and I’m yours. I won’t lose you again. Oh, God, Mia, you’re my breath and bone. You’re the song I sing.”

Do I really need to say more?? Really? Like I said; When I read this quote I got weak in the knees. Without a doubt Foster grabbed my attention in Skin Game but with this quote it is not a matter of wanting to read his story, it has become a matter of vital need to read this story :)

Fiction Vixen said...

Wonderful interview ladies. I enjoyed both Skin Game and Skin Tight. I love this series because the characters are gritty and so imperfect and not fully redeemable. Awesome! (Don't enter me in the contest)

limecello said...

Loved the interview - Congratulations on the new release, Ann/Ava! As for why I want this book? Everyone has been gushing about it for what feels like forEVER. I've been so jealous of those who got to read it early! Who wouldn't want a fantastic book?

elaing8 said...

Great interview.
I want this book because I've read so many people gush about these books.I want to know what all the fuss is about.Plus I have the first so I need to get the second in the series :)

tetewa said...

I enjoyed Skin Game and I've been waiting for this one! tWarner419@aol.com

dyockman said...

Skin Game was a good read. Can't wait to get this one! Adding to my summer shopping list in case I don't win. LOL!

throuthehaze said...

I would love to win this book because I loved Skin Game!
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Amazing interview and wow, thanks Leontine for that wuote, I had to fan myself, that is such a powerfully erotic paragraphy, mm..*shivers*

Please enter me, I would like to read Skin Tight! First it was the yummy cover which caught my eye and then the blurb! I.want.this! :-)

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Patti said...

Ava/Ann seems like a fun lady - I liked the interview. This series has a lot of fans, I need to get on the wagon!

Maija A. said...

Like Leontine, that quote really did some wonderful things to me :) I don't usually get that excited about quotes or excerpts, but that one... oh yeah!

So I'd really love to have chance at winning this :)

chayanna82 (at) hotmail (dot) com

ErotRomReader (Janna) said...

Congrats on your firsts, Pearl!
Very nice interview, ladies. I've enjoyed reading Skin Game a lot and I can't wait to learn more about Foster and Mia. I'm dead curious about what's up with Foster! :)
So, please enter me, my email is in my profile.

flchen1 said...

No need to enter me in this, but good luck, everyone! Skin Tight was amazing!! If you don't win, do go buy it--you won't be sorry!! Ann and Pearl, that was a great interview! Thanks so much!

Just_Me37 said...

Great interview :) I would love to win Skin Tight because I loved the first novel and Ann Aguirre hasn't let me down yet.

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