Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Interview & Giveaway: Chloe Neill

UFI welcomes Chloe Neill Author of Hard Bitten. Thanks for Joining us!!

I grew up an hour north of Chicago and now live in the south, North Carolina. According to your Bio you moved South to North. For me, the move from north to south was a big change. The biggest thing I miss about living in the Chicago is the food. lol I know silly. I miss good thin crust Pizza, cheese fries (not the kind with shredded cheese but actual cheese sauce) and Gyros/Italian beef places (they were seriously all over the place up north and there are NONE here). What is the biggest thing you miss about living in the south?

The food and the weather. I'm not a big fan of snow, and living in the South was obviously great for that. And I miss a good plate of cornbread and collard greens, although I've now found a spot in my town that sells them.

Do you have any certain routines you must follow as you write?

Not really. I have a day job, so I write in the evenings, usually on my couch with my laptop while Jeremy plays video games or watches TV. I have to write a little at a time every night, so it's usually the last thing I do before bed.

What are some of you favorite books or authors in the Paranormal Genres?

I love Kim Harrison and JR Ward. I also really enjoyed Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series, which is finished now!

How would you pitch The Chicagoland Vampire series to someone who has never heard of it before?

Girl meets vampire. Vampire changes girl into vampires. Both vampires fight together to save Chicago!

There are a few Characters in the Chicagoland vampires series that seem to always frustrate the heck out of me (in a good way). Do any of the characters frustrate you while your writing them?

Lindsey can be frustrating at times. It can also be a challenge to write Merit in a way that honestly shows her concerns without being too angsty

Hard Bitten is the Fourth Book in the series. Have you found it any easier or harder to write the series as it gets farther along?

A little of both. I think the books are a bit easier to write because I have a better feel for the characters now, but they're harder to write because my day job is busier now than it was before, so I'm usually pretty tired when I get home!

Thanks for having me today!


Author Bio:
I was born and raised in the South, but now make my home in the Midwest, just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia's to keep an eye on things.  When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily's adventures, I bake (a lot!), watch entirely too much television, root for my favorite college football team (Go Big Red!), spend time with friends and my beau, Jeremy, and play with my dogs, Baxter and Scout.

Hard Bitten
Chicagoland Vampires #4
May 3, 2011

Times are hard for newly minted vampire Merit. Ever since shapeshifters announced their presence to the world, humans have been rallying against supernaturals--and they're camping outside of Cadogan House with protest signs that could turn to pitchforks at any moment. Inside its doors, things between Merit and her Master, green-eyed heartbreaker Ethan Sullivan are ... tense. But then the mayor of Chicago calls Merit and Ethan to a clandestine meeting and tells them about a violent vamp attack that has left three women missing. His message is simple: get your House in order. Or else.

Merit needs to get to the bottom of this crime, but it doesn't help that she can't tell who's on her side. So she secretly calls in a favor from someone who's tall, dark, and part of underground vamp group that may have some deep intel on the attack. Merit soon finds herself in the heady, dark heart of Chicago's supernatural society--a world full of vampires who seem too ready to fulfill the protesting human's worst fears, and a place where she'll learn that you can't be a vampire without getting a little blood on your hands..
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  1. I would like to ask- what is a fun thing to do in Chicago? (my son is going there this summer, with his best friend's family)
    I would love to read the book.

  2. What do you like best about living in the south?

    sgiden at

  3. I am currently working my way through the series and loving it! Can't wait for Hard Bitten :)


  4. Chloe, how many books will be in your Chicagoland series? I have read book one and book two is next..they are page turners.

  5. Hello Chloe :) Are we going to see more of Morgan and the Navarre House in the future Im curious about whats going on with the other houses? Thank you.

  6. I was actaully wondering if there was more to know about Malik? I'm currently rereading the series in anticipation of Hard Bitten and I know the fact that he's married was brought up in Twice Bitten, but I figure why bring anything up at all if there's nothing to tell? So I'm waiting to learn more about him

  7. Hi. I love your books, and am thrilled that there are going to be 3 more in the next year and half. I can't wait! One question, if you could go back and change one thing about the books that have already been published, what would it be?

  8. I love the Chicagoland Vampire series. I can't wait to read Hard Bitten!

  9. Thanks for the giveaway! I haven't read the Chicagoland Vamp series yet but I just ordered the first one. I have read her YA series series and really liked it so I can't wait to get into this series.

    elainareads AT aol DOT com

  10. Such a good series. I can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

  11. Amazing series and I can't wait to read this next one! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. I love the Chicagoland Vampire series one of my favorites can't wait to read Hard Bitten! Im so glad we get another in Nov. Love her books so very good love Mertit and Ethan!

  13. I love the Chicagoland Vampire series! can't wait to read Hard Bitten!

  14. Sounds like a great series! Lots of endorsements in the comments.

    a.charol at yahoo dot ca

  15. I am so looking forward to next week!
    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

  16. Hi my question is how long did it take you to write these books?

  17. I cannot wait for Hard Bitten.I love this series.The reviews for this book are so good.

  18. Can't wait to read Hard Bitten next week! It's one of my most anticipated books this year. CV is one of my very favorite series.


  19. I have been with the Chicagoland Vampire series since the beginning and I absolutely love it! It has been one of my favorite series since I read the first book. I can't wait to find out what happens next :)

  20. Living in Chicago, I was of course drawn to this series from the first and it's a favorite of mine. I've been a huge fan since book one. Congratulations on your new release! I'm dying for hard Bitten to hit book shelves. My question "How did you decide to write about vampires?" Just curious.

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  21. A book group I belong to chose the second Chicagoland Vampires book to read for May, so I just read the first book last month...and I'm hooked! It's one of the best books I've read in the last couple of months.

    enigma75 [at] ubiquitary [dot] org

  22. I love this series, and can't wait for Hard Bitten to come out (only a couple of days away!). Also very excited that we're lucky enough to have 2 Chicagoland Vampire books out this year. Chloe, I don't know how you can find the time to write with a day job, but please keep it up!!


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