Today, we have the honor of hosting Ann Aguirre for a guest post as part of the official blog tour for her new book, Like Never and Always — in stores today! Be sure to keep reading for more about the book & your chance to win a copy, or a Kindle Oasis.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I’ve already done four thousand for this guest blog! Just kidding, but I did think it might help readers visualize my writing area if I shared pictures of my office.
This is where I do a lot of my writing. It’s a great space at the top of the house. There was always an office there, but we’ve done significant renovations, removing two huge flowerbeds and replacing the windows with French doors that lead out to a patio with a glider. We also replaced the windows on the other side. The room is bright and beautiful with a lovely view of the forested mountainside.
I’ve always said that I could almost live in my office with a little more renovation. I already have multiple computers (desktop and laptop, table, day bed, sofa, television and a mini fridge. There’s also an electric kettle so I can make hot drinks and ramen. If we knocked out the wall and brought the half bath in from the other side, added a shower to it, and maybe a small kitchenette, it would become a complete studio apartment.
In the morning, it’s a fantastic place to write. In the afternoons, especially on hot days, it can get a bit warm since it’s the highest point of the house and it has a lot of windows. Occasionally, it feels like a hot house in there, but it’s so cozy during a cold snap. I have a little electric heater that looks like a gas fireplace with dancing flames and everything.
I’ll let you in on a little secret: you might be wondering, What snacks does Ann have in her office for a long day of writing? In general, I have pudding cups, string cheese, and juice boxes in the fridge. In the pantry, I have ramen, trail mix, and gummy fruit snacks. I also have tea and coffee ready to make in case I need a midday caffeine boost. I usually eat real food before I go into my office and then I just eat what’s there while I’m working, then I have a proper dinner with my family at night.
My pets (two cats and a dog) like it when I leave the French doors open, so they can roam in and out, play on the patio, and bask in the sun, then come in for a cool drink when they’re tired. Sometimes it can be a challenge to get my work done when they’re being so relentlessly cute. One of the cats even sits on my shoulder as I’m typing. This is funny because on days when I’m relaxing and not trying to focus, the pets all have very important business elsewhere. They seem to have a radar that detects my every attempt at serious work.
Thanks so much for having me on the blog! If you like forbidden romance and twisty YA thrillers, check out Like Never and Always. I’ll stop by to chat with readers and answer questions.
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.
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.
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