A Q&A WITH CHLOE NEILL
Jennifer: Welcome, Chloe! Please tell readers about your newest release, Wild Things.
Chloe: 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?
Chloe: 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!
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