About the Author:I was born and raised in the South, but now make my 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, I bake (a lot!), watch entirely too much television, root for my favorite college football team (Go Big Red!), spend time with friends, and play with my dogs, Baxter and Scout.*Courtesy of ChloeNeill.com
About the Dark Elite Series:New Girl. New School. Old Evil.
A new series about a boarding school filled with something worse than homework.
Lily's parents have sent her to a fancy boarding school in Chicago filled with the ultra-rich. If that wasn't bad enough, she's hearing and seeing bizarre things on St. Sophie's creepy campus. Her roommate, Scout, keeps her sane, but keeps disappearing at night. When one day Lily finds Scout running from real-life monsters, she learns the hard way that Scout is involved in a splinter group of rebel teens.
They protect Chicago from demons, vamps, and dark magic users. It's too bad Lily doesn't have powers of her own to help. At least, none that she's discovered yet...
Hi, Chloe, thanks for stopping by! Can you tell us a little bit about what inspired you to write about the Dark Elite series?
Thanks for having me! Sure thing. I was really interested in the possibility of a world in which magic wasn't eternal, where there was a definite consequence to having it--namely, that you had to give it back or else you began to lose yourself. I thought it would be interesting to consider how people would react if faced with the choice.
I absolutely love the dynamic between Scout and Lily- do you have any "real life" best friends that inspired their fun relationship?
Thanks! No one in particular inspired Lily and Scout. I generally try to be honest to the two of them as characters (while throwing in as much sarcasm as possible).
The cover model and artwork for both Firespell & Hexbound are gorgeous. Did you have any influence on either covers and is that how you envision Lily?
Thanks! I think the artists did a fabulous job with the FIRESPELL and HEXBOUND covers, as well as the covers for my Chicagoland Vampires novels. I believe I suggested that Lily hold a spark for the HEXBOUND cover, but the model and the feel of the covers are choice the artist made. And in the novels, Lily actually had short hair. But the cover art was so great we made her hair a little longer in the books. :)
What songs would you choose for the soundtrack of Hexbound?
I actually put a song list together online that folks can review (http://www.chloeneill.com/music.htm). I think "Possibility" by Lykke Li was probably the most-played song during the writing of HEXBOUND. I love how moody it is!
I know this is a little premature, but I'm so excited about the third Dark Elite novel... is there *anything* you can tell us about it?
Thanks! As of right now, I can't tell you much. I'm currently focused on getting HARD BITTEN, my fourth Chicagoland Vampires novel, written and the fifth CV novel written.
I'm excited about both the January 4 release of HEXBOUND and the May 3 release of HARD BITTEN. I think there's a lot of really interesting emotional developments in both!
Thank you so much for taking the time for us today!
Thanks for having me!