Please welcome Chloe Neill to Fang-tastic Books today for an interview as part of her virtual book tour for Hard Bitten, the 4th book in the Chicagoland Vampires series.
Let's start with learning a little background about the books, what was the inspiration behind the Chicagoland series?
I guess Merit was the inspiration. She was the first character I "met," and I
was trying to figure out what her story might be. I knew she was going to be smart, sarcastic and stubborn. I also knew I wanted to write about vampires, and I was interested in how they might set rules to keep themselves secret from humans--like in Houses. I eventually put the two of those things together.
Is Merit based on anyone in your life?
Nope. We share the same sense of humor, I think. And I wish I had her chocolate drawer!
Are you as big a fan of baseball as Merit?
I'm not a huge sports fan at all right now, mostly because I don't have much
time to keep up. I do enjoy college football, though, when I have the time.
You mention food a lot in the books, what's your favorite Chicago culinary
I love Crust in Wicker Park for pizza, and you can't beat a lemon ice at Navy
Pier on a summer day.
Speaking of Chicago, how excited are you that the RT convention will be in
Chicago in 2012?
Thrilled! I've never been able to go before, and it's such a great opportunity to meet readers! Yay, Chicago!
OK onto the book, I was um...lets say pretty surprised at the end of Hard Bitten
(don't worry I give no spoilers)-did you plan that ending all along or did it just kinda happen as you wrote the books?
It has been planned since the very beginning--as have the rest of the moments in
that particular part of the story. :)
What does the future hold for Merit, how many more books are planned for the
We'll get to see more of her in action as a Sentinel, and more supernatural
drama, of course! There are currently 7 CV books under contract. I'd like to write more than that, but it will depends on sales!
Thank you Chloe for joining us today at Fang-tastic Books.
Thanks for having me today!
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