Friday, April 22, 2011

Interview with Chloe Neill and Hard Bitten Giveaway

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!

I have a great giveaway today thanks to Rosanne at Penguin

Do you want to win your very own copy of Hard Bitten?

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In honor of Merit's love of Chicago cuisine tell us what you're favorite regional food is, something that's only in your area or tell us a food you love from somewhere else that you wish was in your area

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SandyG265 said...

I live in NJ and my favorite food is NJ/NY area pizza. I've had pizza in other parts of the country and it just doesn't taste the same.

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debbie said...

We have some really good cherries, that make the best jam in my state.

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nychee said...

I'm from Philly so the Original Philly Cheese steak! It never tastes the same anywhere else!

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Lesley D said...

We have great cuisine in Florida - fresh squeezed orange juice, key lime pie, and tasty grouper sandwiches are my favorite!

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Darkeva said...

Hi there! Not entering the contest, but I just wanted to say that I've heard great things about this book! Will definitely be picking it up now.

Have a great weekend,

Anonymous said...

I've actually been all across this great country of ours, and have tastes some really amazing foods. My top 4: Chicago Deep Dish pizza. Crabs in Baltimore. New York Style Cheesecake, and definitely Philly Cheese Steak sammies!

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marian said...

i'm from california so i'm gonna say in-n-out burger
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Jessica said...

Well I live in St. Louis and we're the "home" of thin crust pizza and I loooove thin crust pizza! So much lighter than hand-tossed crust, so you don't feel guilty after X many slices! Especially sine they are small too!!

Gooey Butter cake is also really good and I do believe that is another thing St. Louis is "home" to.

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Robin K said...

Hmmmmm... I love Mexican and Chinese, but do not live there. Regionally I love cheese curds!

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van_pham said...

My aunt brought me some snacks from when she was vacationing in Europe, best snacks ever, and they can't be found anywhere I live (cali).

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Anna (Bite Club) said...

Travel is part of being in a military family and one of the plus sides is that we get to try regional food. I'm a big fan of BBQ so it's cool to see how each area changes things up. North Carolina has a thinner, sweet sauce, and the meats aren't always cooked in that sauce so you get to slather it on yourself. Memphis sauce is thick and smoky. Texas is more about the hot pepper spiciness, and New Mexico has delicious green chili BBQ. And then you can make Korean BBQ or Chinese. Yummy stuff!!! There's something to suit everyone.

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Barb P said...

I live in Kansas City and of course our big regional food is Kansas City Barbque! Iam originally from the Chicago area and I desperately miss their Pizza and Italian Beef sandwiches. Love the Chicagoland Vampire series and would love to win a copy of Hard Bitten! +1 comment, +2 GFC Follower

Amy said...

I live in NYC, and I really like the NY pizza here! I also love the Chinese food in the Chinatown here, especially the dim sum, because it feels very authentic and just like the kind from Hong Kong.

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minhchieu said...

i really want to go to NY for New York Style Cheesecake
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Renee G said...

I love wild huckleberry pancake syrup that is made from berries that grow not far from my home. Yum.

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Barbara E. said...

I'm from California, and I'm always thrilled when the stores here in Florida carry California strawberries - as well as any other produce. Oh, and California plums - they're a whole different type - I grew up with a plum tree and I love them. There just isn't any comparison to the produce Florida has.

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Jen B. said...

I live near Philadelphia and I know a lot of people love the Philly cheesesteak "wit whiz". Not my cup of tea. The Columbia restaurant in Florida serves a bean soup that can't be beat. I wish I could get it up north.

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Tore said...

I live in Pennsylvania and the Philly Cheesteak is the best. Please enter me in contest.

meggerfly said...

I live in upstate NY but I've always vacationed on the New Hampshire and Maine coastline. I wish I could get the seafood meals that I get there where I live. The food is to die for!

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Julie S said...

Before moving to Houston I never had kolaches. They are fantastic!

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stacey said...

We have some of the best strawberries here in Ca. we have a strawberry festival every year.

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LadyVampire2u said...

Congrats on your all new release Chloe!
I love this series and it's hard not to when I also happen to live in Chicago. I would say my favorite food here is Chicago Style pizza. It's a meal unto itself and one piece can really fill a person up.
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Bethany C. said...

Chesapeake Bay blue crabs!!!

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Tanya1224 said...

I like to travel to a lot of places just because of the food. I love food! and books ;) We just recently went to New Orleans and I had I believe, Baguettes. I could have spelled that wrong. It was at a place called Cafe Monde. Yummy! I'd love to have them here. This series sounds really good. Is it necessary to start with book one or can you start anywhere in the series? Count me in please.
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booklover0226 said...

I live in MD and we're known for our hard shell crabs (hurry up summer) and crab cakes. YUMMY!

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StacieDM said...

I live in the far west suburbs of Chicago and something I will miss sorely when I move away will be Culver's Frozen custard. It is my absolute favorite treat. It is smooth as silk and served slightly warmer than ice cream. It is heavenly.

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wanda f said...

North Carolina BBQ sandwhiches yum yum yum
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Danielle Gorman said...

I don't really like anyting that is regional to my area but I love NY style pizza. It's just so good.
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Anonymous said...

I live in Maine. My favorite regional food are wild maine blueberries fresh from the patch. My favorite regional food (not from here) would be jalapeno cornbread.

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Becca said...

Hey awesome giveaway! I live in NH so we really have any one thing that we are known for. Some things that I love around here are the small local pizza shops they have delicious pizza!

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Collins said...

I am from Arkansas...Razorback Pizza's whole wheat crust all pig pizza (bacon, ham and sausage) Whoo Pig Sooie its good!

Anonymous said...

I'm from California so I have to say I love in-and-out! animal style fries taste like heaven.

whitewolfreads said...

I absolutely love Indian food, the spicier the better. It's usually hard to find a good Indian place because they never make the food spicy enough even if you ask for it!

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lisagk said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Anything TexMex here in the Houston area. Gringo's is a favorite, refried beans, rice, enchiledas, green sauce and red hot sauce, chips and warm flour tortillas. yum.
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Sherry said...

I like in a small town in KY and my favorite food is a toss up between barbecue and a Dovie burger.

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Anne said...

I'm from the Chicago area too. I'd go with Chiocago style hot dogs and Eli's cheesecake.


Cathy M said...

I live in the San Francisco bay area, and our regional yumminess is the fabulous crabs.

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latishajean said...

Great giveaway thank you so much I love her books and can't wait to read this one! I live in wisconsin where brats are made! But my favorite is thin crust pizzia at a little place in our town!
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heatwave16 said...

My favorite is a sandwich from my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA - It is a cheesesteak with fries and cole slaw right on the sandwich. The creator is Primatni Brothers.

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throuthehaze said...

I live in VA which is known for ham, peanuts, and blue crabs...none of which I like. I definitely wish Chicago deep dish could be found in my area. It is sooo delicious.
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Moirae(thefates) book reviews said...

There is this awesome Lebanese restaurant where I live and the woman who owns it is from Lebanon so the food is really good, I wish I could live off it!



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