If you missed part 1 of my interview with Ann Aguirre, author of the sci-fi thriller/romance Grimspace, click HERE then come back. Grimspace is an intense, action-packed novel full of humor, surprises and edgy, three-dimensional characters. Aguirre has a true gift for creating complex worlds that not only work but come to life on the page, and for showing just the right amount of specific and acute descriptions to make those worlds feel as though they’ve been there for an eternity–Aguirre just happened to stop in for a visit and take notes. (Read an excerpt HERE.)
We’re thrilled she’s with us to talk about Grimspace, her unboxed characters, her work habits and more. Enjoy!
Interview with Ann Aguirre: Part 2
Q: Your slate of main characters is interesting, to say the least. There’s Jax, a sarcastic female protag who literally shows off her edgy bits via an array of scars; Loras, a beautiful enslaved savant male who craves freedom; Dina, a lesbian mechanic with a serious chip on her shoulder; and March, a fiercely loyal compartmentalized pilot who can read minds—but would really rather not. What’s your process when it comes to crafting these fundamentally unique characters? How do characters evolve for you? Do you base them on people you know? Use any exercises to make them breathe on the page? Or do they spring to life, fully formed in your head?
AA: I’m not so much with the process. I don’t over-think; I just start writing. I know that sounds simple, but it’s how I work. I don’t invent people beforehand, or make up characters trees, storyboards, or write notes about them on color-coded cards. They just are who they are. I generally don’t base them on people I know, although certain traits might slip in. I could hark back to the Walter Jon Williams novel at this point, and mention the idea that we all have fragments of other personalities floating in our heads. I suspect I’m just good at letting them develop into “real” people that live in my head (without going batshit crazy because of it). [Read more…]