Guest post: A Q&A with Chloe Neill

Today, I am pleased to welcome Chloe Neill to the Magical Musings blog. Chloe is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires urban fantasy series.


Jennifer: Welcome, Chloe! Please tell readers about your newest release, Wild Things.

Wild ThingsChloe: Hi, there! I’m so glad to be here. Wild Things is the ninth novel in the Chicagoland Vampires series. Ethan and Merit are on the run from drama in Chicago, but they run straight into trouble when their shifter friends—the North American Central Pack—are attacked by a strange new magic.

Jennifer: This is the latest book in your Chicagoland Vampires series. Can you tell us a little about the series?

Chloe: Absolutely! Merit is the heroine of the CV series. She’s a twenty-eight year old graduate student who’s made a vampire by Ethan Sullivan, the Master of Chicago’s Cadogan House, to save her from a brutal attack. She’s named Sentinel of the House, a warrior and protector, and has to learn to survive in her strange new vampires world.

Jennifer: What appeals to you about the urban fantasy genre?

Chloe: I think urban fantasy novels feature some of the smartest and sassiest female heroines out there, and I really love having the ability to make up the rules of the world as I go along. To me, UF is the perfect mix of thriller, mystery, fantasy, and romance.

Jennifer: What inspired you to write the Chicagoland Vampires series?

Chloe: I began writing the CV series when in about 2004, when there were many fewer UF and PNR series out there. I loved reading them—the magic, the character development—but quickly ran out of favorite series. I decided to try my hand at writing, and that was the beginning.

Jennifer: What are some of your favorite urban fantasy books/authors and why?

Chloe: I don’t actually read a lot of new urban fantasy right now, as it’s hard for me to read in the genre in which I write, but Kim Harrison is a perennial favorite. I actually read a lot of nonfiction, which helps give me story ideas.

Jennifer: Have you always wanted to be a writer? What got you started on your writing journey?

Chloe: Definitely not! I started writing in order to give myself something else to read. It really wasn’t a planned vocation, although I suppose I’ve always had a love of great stories.

Jennifer: What’s next for you? What are you working on?

Blood GamesChloe: The 10th Chicagoland Vampires novel, Blood Games, will be released Aug. 5, 2014, so I’m gearing up for that. I’m also writing Dark Debt, the eleventh Chicagoland Vampires novel. I’m also very excited about my brand new Devil’s Isle series, set in New Orleans, which will debut in summer 2015.

Thanks so much for having me today!

Jennifer: Thanks so much for being here!


You can follow Chloe on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thanks again, Chloe!

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8 Responses to Guest post: A Q&A with Chloe Neill

  1. Ren says:

    Two of my favorite authors. I so wish we could do lunch.
    Wild Things was a great, fun read and am looking forward to the next two books.
    Thanks to both of you and please keep writing.

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Chloe, I love both your titles, and I live not too far from Chicago and have been there many times. It’s fun to think of vampires there (though not if I’m out at night). Thanks for being a guest at Magical Musings. 🙂

  3. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Chloe,

    Welcome to Magical Musings. I adore UF and love both the titles and covers! I’ve never been to Chicago, but it’s a great place setting for vamps. And your New Orleans series coming sounds awesome.

    Best of luck!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Broken Protocols is here!

  4. Misty Evans says:

    **fan girl moment**

    Hi Chloe! You and Jennifer are two of my favorite UF authors. I’ve read the first three or four of the Chicagoland Vamp series and really enjoyed them. I wish I wasn’t so far behind on my TBR pile.

    I write UF for the very reason you stated – the kickass heroines. My demons and witches are strong and have great resilience. I can channel all my frustrations and grievances from the everyday world into them!

    Thanks for being our guest and best wishes on the new book!

  5. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi Chloe,

    Love the interview! You made me realize why I love UF–it is thriller, mystery, fantasy, and romance. Smart, strong women. The combination is irresistible to me 🙂

    Congrats on Wild Things, the upcoming Blood Games, and your new Devil’s Isle series!

  6. A warm welcome to MM, Chloe! Your series sounds wonderful. I will be checking it out.
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Mistress of the Wind nominated for an IRC Best Book 2014 Award (with giveaway!)

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