About Ann Aguirre

Ann Aguirre is a bestselling, multi-published author with a degree in English Literature. She is a prolific writer, with nine releases planned for 2011 alone. She writes romantic science fiction and urban fantasy under her own name. As Ava Gray, she writes high-octane romances. She also writes "hot paranormal apocalyptic action" with fellow author Carrie Lofty under the pseudonymn Ellen Connor. Follow her on Twitter.

Recent Posts by this author:

  • Let Music Set the Mood
  • Savor the Now
  • Changing Your Process
  • Puppies Are Evil
  • An Interview with R.L. LaFevers
  • Natural Born Collaborator
  • In the beginning…
  • What Fresh Obsession
  • The Starting Point
  • On Rejection
  • Contract Between Writer and Reader
  • What Makes a Book Magical?

  • Let Music Set the Mood

    I know some people can’t listen to music while they write. If that’s the case for you, then I fear there’s nothing for you here today. Sorry! As for the rest of you, settle in. We’re going to talk about tunes. Sometimes you’re not feeling it, right? But you need to write, otherwise you’ll get […]

    Savor the Now

    No matter where you are in your career, this is good advice. If you’re querying a novel, you think maybe if you compare your book / voice / appeal to a certain bestselling author, this will make you more appealing to agents. Then, down the line, you start lining up your accomplishments alongside someone who […]

    Changing Your Process

    I’ve been asked repeatedly about how I stay so productive, about how I changed my process and my work habits, usually on Twitter. It’s an impossible subject to cover in 140 characters, so I decided to do that here. Since lots of people are writing like busy bees this month, it seems like the perfect […]

    Puppies Are Evil

    Okay, that’s a lie. Puppies are not evil. They’re adorable. But they’re also a massive time-suck. And I have a brand new one. This is super ironic, as I’m not even a dog person, but my husband fell in love with her and he asks for so few things that I didn’t have the heart […]

    An Interview with R.L. LaFevers

    Today’s interview of author and WU contributor Robin LaFevers was born out of fan-girl love by WU contributor and author Ann Aguirre. It’s fun, freewheeling, and packed with writerly insights. Robin was raised on a steady diet of fairy tales, Bulfinch’s mythology, and 19th century poetry. It is not surprising she grew up to be a […]

    Natural Born Collaborator

    I’ve now written four novels with other people. The first three I wrote with Carrie Lofty. This fourth one, I wrote with my husband, Andres. A surprising number of writers have said, “I don’t know you do it. I could never write with someone else.” Others have asked me curious questions regarding how the actual […]

    In the beginning…

    When I was four, I read a book on my own for the first time. It was BAMBI. That was when I fell in love with the written word. When I was eight, I wrote a short story called THE MYSTERY OF THE GOLDEN DOUBLOON, and I won the National Young Author’s Conference for my […]

    What Fresh Obsession

    I’ve written before about the dangers of the Shiny New Idea. But this post isn’t about that. Or rather, it is, but I’ve got the hat on backward today. When you’re writing to deadlines, there are a number of expectations. 1) This book will logically follow the last one in the series. 2) It will […]

    The Starting Point

    “In that book which is my memory, On the first page of the chapter that is the day when I first met you, Appear the words, ‘Here begins a new life’.” ― Dante Alighieri, Vita Nuova For everyone, a book starts in a different place. Recently, while I was on vacation, I received a mystifying […]

    On Rejection

    As a writer, you may think you have the market cornered on this. This is one job where you can plug away for twenty years without positive reinforcement from the industry. Then one day, everything changes. Instead of an endless string of no-thank-yous, you get a yes, please. That sale or signing with your agent […]

    Contract Between Writer and Reader

    You may not know this about me, but I’m a gamer. I’ve been playing since college. First, it was pen and paper games, but pretty much as soon as I owned a computer, I also had games for it. Since then, I’ve progressed to console platforms (I do most of my gaming on Xbox these […]

    What Makes a Book Magical?

    For me, it’s character development. Interesting characters, those that are different, unusual, flawed: those are the ones I remember. I love reading about people who shine, who stand out from the literary pack. By shine, I don’t mean perfection. Flaws make or break the character. I remember reading one manuscript when I was judging a […]