Friday, January 15, 2010
Quick Qs and As with Chloe Neill
Can you describe Firespell: A Dark Elite Novel in four words?
Lily finds Chicago magic.
Are you similar to your main character Lily in any ways?
Hmm. We're both pretty curious, probably to a fault. We both appreciate good shoes. We're both vegetarians. We both enjoy drawing, although I haven't done it regularly in many, many years.
What made you choose to have the Dark Elite series take place in a boarding school?
I always wanted to go to boarding school! I grew up before Harry Potter, when boarding school was a very exotic but rarely-discussed idea. And in the context of kids and magic, it simplifies things considerably if they live where they practice their magic.
How did the title Firespell come to be?
I decided that the power discussed in book 1 would be called "Firespell," and the title came from there!
Do you have a favorite scene or line from Firespell? If so, would you mind sharing with us a bit about it?
I really like the scene in the "city room," as Lily calls it. I thought it was a pretty unique situation in which Lily found herself, and I liked that we get to see her solving a puzzle on her own.
Two things, I think. First, as Shakespeare said, "to thine own self be true." Second, parents do occasionally know best, even if we can't fathom their motives at the time.
Was there a specific moment in you life where you went, “I want to be an author!” or was it something that evolved over time?
There was a specific moment in 2005 when I sat down and started writing my first novel. :) I'd never written before then, so it was a very out of the blue moment for me.
What part of the writing process do you find the most challenging?
The last couple of rounds of editing are exhausting; by then, I've read the book too many times to count and I'm sick of looking at it.
Out of your two series- Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite- do you have a favorite one to write? Or do you enjoy writing them both equally?
They are both equally enjoyable--and equally challenging--to write.
What type of setting do you write in?
I have a day job, so I try to put in at least a couple of hours at night after work and before I go to bed, and then as much time as I can on the weekends. That means I usually write on the couch with a laptop.
If you could have any other job besides an author what would it be?
I already have one! :)
What’s up next for you book-wise?
I'm currently writing the second book in my Dark Elite series (the follow-up to Firespell), and the third book in the
Chicagoland Vampires series, Twice Bitten, will be released in July!
Thanks so much for having me today! I hope everyone has a chance to check out FIRESPELL!
No, thank you, Chloe! :)
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