Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Interview & Giveaway: Like Never And Always (Ann Aguirre)
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.
Meet Like Never And Always!
On a hot summer night, a screech of brakes and shattering glass changes two lives forever.
Liv wakes in the hospital, confused when they call her Morgan. She assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity, yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face in the mirror anymore. It’s her best friend Morgan’s.
Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life, yet Liv must navigate endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that feels like a betrayal. Torn between the boy she loved as Liv and the boy she’s grown to love as Morgan, Liv still has to survive Morgan’s last request.
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I love thrillers and I love body swap stories, plus I wanted to write a forbidden romance. I tied all the threads together to create Like Never and Always.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
It’s hard to choose. Since the book is written in first person, I have to love the heroine a lot to stay in her head the whole time, but I also adore Clay. I have such a soft spot for stoic bad boys who aren’t as bad as people think. He has such a sweet side, sacrificing so much for his younger brother. I think it’s impossible to read the book and not fall a little in love with him.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
I can’t start writing until I have a working title, so the title came first. It’s derived from a quote in a poem by Pablo Neruda.
You'll remember the bouquet you picked,
shadows and silent water,
bouquet like a foam-covered stone.
That time was like never, and like always.
So we go there, where nothing is waiting;
we find everything waiting there.
I was surprised when the publisher liked my working title and it stuck. That isn’t always the case!
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
It’s really hard to answer this without giving spoilers, but there’s a scene where the heroine is fleeing from danger, and I feel like that one is really compelling. At least, I was plenty scared while I was writing it. I also think the scene that came after it was quite moving. There’s also another critical scene, but I can’t reference it without revealing a huge plot point. Still, I think it’s important because teen readers especially need to read about dark, painful things to understand that they’re not alone.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon. If you don’t want to burn out, you have to manager your time and energy so you’re still in the game ten or twenty years down the line.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
It’s very dreamy and evocative. I think it represents the story well, kind of mysterious and dreamy but with a suggestion of darkness. What I like best are the whorls of smoke or the suggestion of frosted glass. It gives the image a claustrophobic feeling, which is certainly echoed in the story.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018?
I’m really excited to read Toxic by Lydia Kang.
YABC: What was your favorite book this year so far?
I really loved Dread Nation by Justina Ireland.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I need to revise my next YA novel for Tor. It’s a wild timeslip story, working title of Heartwood Box. I also have to draft the last book in the Honors series with Rachel Caine sometime this summer. After that, I need to write the fourth book in my Ars Numina series. I also have some secret irons in the fire, but I can’t talk about that yet.
YABC: Is there anything that you would like to add?
I hope anyone who likes a dark, angsty romance will check out Like Never and Always. It’s definitely a down-the-rabbit-hole sort of story, so the more you learn, the more twisted the truth becomes.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Again, spoilers. But it was the ending for sure.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble?
Since I wrote this book in first person, I only have to manage one character’s POV and that was definitely enough. Liv was in great pain for most of the story, and I channel what my characters feel as I write. I probably wouldn’t have been able to manage any other characters.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Definitely revising. Drafting is exhausting because you’re creating something from nothing, and often you can’t get the words to line up as well you imagined the scene. That’s endlessly frustrating. Whereas in revising, you have something to tweak, tinker with, and improve upon until you’re satisfied.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
My son says it’s my ability to turn a few random ingredients into a delicious meal.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
I donate often through Kiva.org.
Like Never And Always
By: Ann Aguirre
Release Date: July 17th, 2018
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