Hi everyone! Welcome to Day #7 of Demonica Week! I'm sad to say it's the last day, but I am so happy about this week and your response. You guys are amazing and I can't believe I'm almost at 300 followers. YOU ROCK!
It's the last day and a very spacial one at that... Today I have an Interview with the amazing Larissa Ione. She has been incredible all week and was kind enough to answer my questions...
and she is even more incredible, because she will be checking in all day to answer YOUR questions! So, don't forget to leave your Q's on the comments!!!
On with the Interview then...
Q: When did you first start writing?
A: From the moment I learned the alphabet, really. But even before that, I had a vivid imagination, and I was always making up stories in my head.
Q: Have you always been interested in Romance?
A: Actually…no. When I first started writing, I wrote tales of horror and the Alaskan wilderness. I read a lot of Stephen King and Jack London as a kid, and my writing reflected that. Reading-wise, I was on a horror kick for a long time, and then, in my early twenties, I moved to fantasy. Again, my writing changed, and I started writing fantasy. It wasn’t until my Air Force roommate introduced me to historical romance when I was 24 that I became interested in the genre.
Q: What about in the Paranormal?
A: Oh, I’ve always been interested in the paranormal. But for the longest time, it was hard to find romance that blended the paranormal with it. So I read romance – historical and contemporary – and paranormal horror.
Q: Why writing Paranormal Romance?
A: Because it blends two of my favorite loves! The paranormal and romance! Yay! I just love being able to create a dark, new world, full of characters who can be gritty and raw in a way that’s harder to do in contemporary romance. The rules are mine, and as long as I stay true to them, I can do anything in my paranormal world.
Q: Were there any Books, Movies or Writers that have inspired you?
A: Oh, several. Jack London and Stephen King were early inspirations, and later, Robert Jordan, Sharon Kay Penman, and Joss Whedon.
Q: What is your favorite subject in the Paranormal Romance Realm?
A: I have always loved vampires. Since the day I read Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, I was hooked. Vamps are da bomb! (That’s like, so yesterday, isn’t it?)
Q: The sex scenes in your books are so hot. Where do you get your inspiration?
A: Thank you! : ) As far as inspiration…I don’t really think about it. My characters are my inspiration. They dictate what needs to happen, and I just write it.
Q: Do you find it hard to write them?
A: Honestly…it depends. Sometimes, when the characters are really boiling over, the scene writes itself. Other times, maybe if *I* am not in the mood, or am under a deadline crunch, or am writing in the car with the famly…it can be really hard to write those scenes! For the most part, I find sex scenes to be difficult to write.
Q: Favorite Paranormal themed Movie?
A: Argh! That is a TOUGH one. But I’ll go with Poltergeist. Love that movie. I also enjoy Underworld!
Q: Favorite Paranormal themed TV Show?
A: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Which is weird, because I resisted watching that show for SO long! I didn’t start watching it until the 4th season, and then it was only because I wanted to watch Angel, which looked good because it was about a dark, broody vampire.
Q: Favorite Paranormal themed Book?
A: The Dictionary of Angels, by Gustav Davidson. So full of interesting information about angels, demons, fallen angels, Biblical lore…it’s just fascinating!
Q: Favorite Author?
A: It’s a toss-up between Robert Jordan and Sharon Kay Penman
Q: Favorite Paranormal Romance Author?
A: Oh, man…I can’t name just one! I have so many! But I’ll list what I have on my bedside table right now: – Lara Adrian, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, and Keri Arthur.
Q: Favorite one of your Books?
A: Larissa Ione or Sydney Croft? For my Ione books, I’m going to go with Passion Unleashed, because Wraith was so easy to write. The BOOK wasn’t easy to write, but Wraith was.
My favorite Sydney Croft book so far is Unleashing The Storm, because the heroine, Kira, was strong but sensitive, a total animal lover, and her hero, Ender, was a hard-ass who fell REALLY hard for her.
Q: Who is your favorite of your own characters?
A: Honestly, I can’t pick one. I love them all.
Q: Which was the hardest to write?
A: Trying to write a demon who had to be honorable and caring because he was a doctor, yet at the same time very logical about life and death, was really difficult. Eidolon’s book was VERY hard.
Q: What would you be if not a writer?
A: I love the job I had before I got published - I was a meteorological technician for the FAA and NWS. It was awesome – I got paid to sit in a weather office and take observations. During good weather, that meant working for about 10 minutes an hour. The rest of the time was mine – and I used it to write. Best. Job. Ever!
This or That? This
Coffee or Tea? Coffee. Tea upsets my stomach
Up or Down? Down. I’m afraid of heights
Virtual or Real? Virtual. Give me a holodeck anytime.
Right or Left? I’m a righty
Vampires or Werewolves? Vampires
Angels or Demons? Demons
Reading or Writing? Reading. Without that, there is no writing
Q: Any plans for more Demonica Series Books after Books 4?
A: Yep! Book 5, Sin Undone, will be out at the end of August. I’m REALLY excited for this one. Sin is a handful!
Q: What is coming up next for you?
A: Book 4, Ecstasy Unveiled, comes out January 26. It’s got a demon assassin hero, an earthbound angel heroine, and a pretty purple color!
Q: What are you working on right now?
A: Revisions on Sin Undone. I’m also writing the sixth Sydney Croft ACRO book with Stephanie Tyler. Both books, as the last books in their series, are turning out to be really exciting and emotional books. I love them!
Q: Do you have any advice or tip to those like me that want to become a published Author someday?
A: Run! Run far away, and run fast! Okay, not going to listen? Then that means you want it. Badly. So in that case, just keep writing. You’ll get better with every book. Learn the rules…learn them, then toss them all out the window!
Q: Anything you would like to say to your fans out there?
A: *waves* I love you! Y’all totally rock. Without you, there’d be no more Demonica books! Every single purchase shows my publisher that you enjoy the series, and in this economy, I know how difficult it can be to part with your hard-earned money or to buy gas to make it to the library. I appreciate your support more than you can know. Thank you!!!!
You can sign up for the contest HERE.
Each Post you comment on this week is an EXTRA ENTRY (+1) for you!
Each Post you comment on this week is an EXTRA ENTRY (+1) for you!
If I reach 300 Followers by the end of Demonica Week (in 30hs), I'll add 2 International Prizes, YES, I said 2! (choice of any book in the Demonica Series)!
Don't forget to leave your Q's Larissa Ione in the comments!!!
Thank you for tuning in and I'll see you soon!