Sunday, April 17, 2011

Author Interview Coming Soon: Chloe Neill 4/21

I wanted to let you all know that on April 21, 2011 Chloe Neill will be here on an interview about the upcoming release of Book 4 Hard Bitten of the Chicagoland Vampires.

A brief Bio on Chloe Neill:
Chloe Neill was born and raised in the South, but now makes her 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, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys—her favorite landscape photographer and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.) Visit her on the Web at

The First Chapter of Hard Bitten are up on her site HERE

Also here is a set of FAQ from her site:


1. Are Merit and (Ethan or Morgan or Catcher or Luc or Noah or Nick or Whomever) ever going to get together?

Sorry. Not touching that one. I have a strict no spoiler policy. Just keep reading. One way or the other, my goal is to give Merit a happily ever after.

2. How many books will be in the Dark Elite series? How many in the Chicagoland Vampires series?

There are currently three books under contract in the Dark Elite novels and now seven (1-7) under contract in the Chicagoland Vampires series. I'm not sure how many will ultimately be published in either series.

3. How long have you been writing?

I've always been crafty (I love hobbies!), but I didn't start writing until 2005. I used to *hate* writing, but as I got more practice at it (in my dayjobs), I stopped fearing it.

4. I want to be a writer. Should I take any special classes?

I've never taken a creative writing class, so I can't really speak to that. I think the best ways to improve your writing are to read, and to write, in that order. Read as much as you can, in as many genres as you can stand. Write a little everyday.

5. I want to be a writer. Should I get an agent?

That's up to you. I have an agent (although I got my first contract without one), but I'm very glad I made the decision to invest. Beware of any agent who requires you to pay up-front fees. Reputable agents make money only when you do.

6. How do I find a publisher? How do I submit a manuscript?

Do. Your. Research. If you believe your project is ready for submission, research publishers in your genre to determine which are accepting submissions and which, if you're sans agent, accept "unagented" or "unsolicited" submissions. Once you've identified appropriate publishers, research their submission guidelines and follow them to the letter. Check out blogs on publishing and agenting if you need more information (i.e., Editorial Ass, The Rejecter, Editorial Anonymous).

7. How do you write your novels?

I've started a series on my blog describing my writing process from beginning to end. You can now read Part I (Brainstorming) and Part II (Outlining). Coming soon: Part III (Completing the Manuscript) and Part IV (Editing).

8. Do you write everyday?

I currently write two novels a year--one Dark Elite novel, and one Chicagoland Vampires novel. (The rest of the time I'm editing, marketing, etc.) When I'm writing, I typically use a per-day word count goal--typically between 500 and 1,500 words, depending on how close I am to my deadline.

9. What are your favorite book series?

I love Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series, and J.D. Robb's In Death series.

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