Interview with Ellen Connor! Why you Should Buy Nightfall & a Giveaway

6 Jun

Ellen Connor is the collaborative writing team of Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty. According to their website, the pen name comes from putting together the names of two “bad-ass female SF characters: Ellen Ripley (from Alien) and Sarah Connor (from The Terminator).” Tomorrow their first book in the Dark Age Dawning series, Nightfall will be released.

I recently got a chance to ask the team a few general questions and am excited to share their answers.

Q: I read on your website that the Dark Age Dawning series stems from a dream Ann had which made me wonder if  the Ellen Connor partnership a long-term deal? Do you see yourselves pairing up to write other novels?

A: We have ideas for two more projects. Whether those sell depends on how well the Dark Age Dawning series does. As ever, demand drives the market.

Q: What makes the Dark Age Dawning trilogy standout from other post-apocalypse books on the market? What’s one reason why a reader should buy Nightfall?

A: There aren’t many paranormal apocalyptic romances. In fact, I can only think of one other author who’s dipped a toe into these waters, so our project is certainly fresh. The other aspect of why our books are different is that we’ve devised a magical apocalypse instead of technology or bio-weapons or pollution or the atomic bomb. Finally, people should buy Nightfall if they’re looking for a different sort of romance. It’s dark, gritty, and intense with lots of action and elements of horror and fantasy in addition to the relationships, smoking hot sex, and emotional resonance.

Q: Who would sing the theme song for Nightfall if it were made into a movie?

A: Candle by Vast should be the theme song, as Carrie listened them a lot while writing the book. It would be awesome if they could do the whole soundtrack. Their music has an edge of male desperation and loss. Perfect for a hero at the end of the world!

Q:  Do you read reviews of your work? Why?

A: Carrie–My husband has a Google alert for my name and book titles. He sends me the ones I should read. Too much negativity does horrors to  my confidence!

A: Ann–I think reviews are for readers. If I read too many of the good ones, it may make me arrogant. If I read too many bad ones, I may lose faith in myself. It’s better for readers to write them for each other and for me to write my books. So no, generally, I don’t.

Q: Do you eat while you write? What’s your go-to snack?

A: Carrie–I’ve been trying to intentionally add nutrition to my daily intake, which means my snacks are almost exclusively fruit, especially melons and berries. I save higher calorie food for times when I’m relaxed and can appreciate them.

A: Ann–Honestly, I don’t know what I eat when I’m writing. Mostly protein bars, I guess, because I tend to be so involved with  what I’m writing that I lose track of the outside world.

How about a giveaway? Just comment on the post or ask the authors a question. I’ll try to get the authors to visit the blog over the course of the week. On June 13, 2011, I’ll select a winner using a random number generator.  I’ll use either Amazon or the Book Depository to send the winner a copy of Nightfall, so if your country is listed here you can enter. Please, one entry per person.


30 Responses to “Interview with Ellen Connor! Why you Should Buy Nightfall & a Giveaway”

  1. Leanne June 6, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Great interview! My question would be how do you describe the Hero and heroine? As in looks and personality?


  2. Ann June 6, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Actually the cover is pretty accurate for the heroine. The hero looks more like Vin Diesel than the cover model they used, but the guy on Nightfall is a hottie nonetheless.

    In terms of personality, they’re both fighters. They’re both stubborn; they don’t quit, and they don’t give up. Definitely a good match for each other!

  3. Mickey @ imabookshark June 6, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Nice interview!! I’m looking forward to reading Enclave soon, so this opens up a new world of books for me!

    My question is: How long does it normally take either of you to complete a novel?


    imabookshark @ yahoo . com

    Mickey @ imabookshark

  4. Adrianaec June 6, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    I would like to read this book.
    I like the why of pen name.I like Terminator 1 and 2.

  5. Shannon June 6, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    Looks like a good book.

  6. MichelleMB June 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    Sounds like a great series – I love SF and romance, so anything combining the two is one I want to check out. Riply and Sarah Connor, two favorite characters as well, so using them as name inspiration – I’m pretty sure I’ll love what you write. I’ve often wondered how author collaborations work – do you each write parts, then send them back and forth for editing, or do you write together? If you get an amazing idea at 1:00 am, do you just write it down or get so excited you forget the time and wake the other up to tell them? (yeah that’s something I would do :S LOL)

  7. susan varney June 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    i love to read these books can’t wait

  8. Renee G June 6, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    I just wondered how Ann and Carrie first started writing together. And also how you coordinate the creative process between the two of you.

  9. Rita M June 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    This trilogy sounds amazing – thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Judith June 7, 2011 at 1:30 am #

    Sounds like a great read.

  11. debbie June 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    Have you ever wrote a character that you just didn’t like, but worked so well you kept them in the story?

  12. Ann Aguirre June 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Mickey: A couple of months

    MichelleMB: We write every other chapter. And yes, sometimes I have to write in the middle of the night.

    Renee: We met online and decided to write this book together after I had an epic dream.

    Debbie: Yes.

  13. The Queen B June 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Awesome! I’ve been dying to try this book 😀

  14. Melissa (My words and pages) June 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Wonderful interview. 🙂 And so cool. I love how they came up with the “name” they use. And this sounds like a great read. Thank you so kindly!


  15. Christine D June 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    I’ve had this book on my TBR list for quite some time. Can’t believe it’s finally coming out! *excited*

  16. Lillie H June 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    I’m really excited about this book! My question is for both authors, but mostly Ann, because I know she has several projects going right now:
    How do you balance the different projects (and genres) at the same time? Do you only write one novel at a time?

  17. Sara M June 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    Do you find it easier to work collaborately on a novel, as compared to working by yourself? More difficult? Or is it just different? I’ve always wondered how the collaboration process compares to writing your own novel.

  18. Ellen Cote June 10, 2011 at 2:02 am #

    I have heard alot about this book. Sounds Great and I hope to get a copy to read it.!!!**Thank you.

  19. Mel S June 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    I love the idea of apocalypse romance – I can’t help thinking that in that time of situation romance will be more intense!

    My question is if it was the apocalypse do you guys have a plan to survive and who would you like to be alone with? 🙂


  20. April Bever June 10, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    Looks like a great summer time book.

  21. Debbie Kennedy June 11, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    I haven’t read many romance books, cuz they mostly sound too ‘mushy’ to me, but this one sounds like a book I would enjoy reading……..would love to give it a try!

  22. Ed Nemmers June 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    I would like to read “Nightfall”!

  23. Connie R June 12, 2011 at 6:11 am #

    This sounds like a great reading book, would love to win!

  24. Deborah Wellenstein June 12, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    I am putting this book on my list-it looks great!

  25. Ren June 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Congrats for the release date of Nightfall!!
    Because you said this one is trilogy, so this series end at book #3, but maybe any chance to continue it? or do you have another series that already planned after finish Dark Age Dawning series?

  26. James Coyne June 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    My mother’s friend would love these books

  27. Jane H June 12, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    It just seems like a good book to curl up with on a rainy day. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win it.

  28. Veronica Garrett June 12, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    It sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. Stella (Ex Libris) June 13, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    Thank you for such a great interview, I loved the questions you asked, because it showed me sides of the authors I was really curious about, thank you! 🙂

    Also thanks for the great giveaway and especially for making it international! *hugs*

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com


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