Larissa is an occasional partner-in-crime and well, that’s enough said about the type of gal she is, right?
1. On a scale of one to ten, rank your current level of insanity–where ten is belongs-in-lunatic-asylum insane–and tell us why.
Ten-point-five. Why? Let’s see…I have two books due in just a few days – the fourth Sydney Croft ACRO novel, Taming The Fire, and the third Demonica book, Eternity Embraced. I also have a proposal to write for the fifth ACRO novel, and I’m getting ready to head to Washington state for a month to visit my parents…as well as getting ready for RWA in San Francisco at the end of July. Just hand over the straight-jacket. Yeah, that’s it…buckle it tighter…feels good…
2. Since winter is your favourite season, what are your top tips for dealing with summers? (I’m going from gloomy old England to tropical Singapore…should be fun.)
Ooh, I LOVE England!!!! I wanna live there SO bad!!! And my tips for dealing with summers? Avoid them at all costs. *g* Yep, I pretty much just stay inside and take vitamin D tablets. Oh, and drink lots of cold drinks. You know, like margaritas…
3. Broadly speaking, isn’t the series that you write with Stephanie Tyler as Sydney Croft rather similar to the Demonica series? Both are paranormal, erotic and romance.
You know, it a lot of ways, they are similar…on the surface. But the differences are huge. The ACRO series is really more science-fiction than paranormal, and it’s also VERY erotic. The Demonica series is hot, but it’s not anywhere near the ACRO series in terms of erotic content. Another big difference is that the Demonica series is very, very dark. I definitely tapped into my horror background to write these books.
Also setting the books apart are the basic setups and settings. The ACRO books are about humans with special powers who work for a secret agency called the Agency for Covert Rare Operatives. The world is basically contemporary, with some grounding in science.
In the Demonica series, the main characters are three demon brothers who run an underworld hospital. The inhabitants of this world are a mix of demons, vampires, were-beasts, and humans. There isn’t a whole lot of science in these books – it’s pure imagination with mythical undertones.
4. The first generation of authors who started blogging before they were published are now maturing as a breed. Do you think it’s made you a little more savvy about the internet as a tool for authors than you would have been otherwise?
You know, I talked with Stephanie (Tyler) about this, and she brought up a good point – that basically, that first generation hasn’t changed their style much. I agree. I know I started blogging in 2003, and at the time, there weren’t a lot of author or reader blogs out there. Blogging was pretty much in its promotional-tool infancy, and authors who blogged were big on conversation and craft more than straight promo. I think, because of that, I’ve never seen my personal blog as a huge promotional tool.
Yes, that’s what it is, but really, my blog is my home, my personal space, and if I want to talk about something as mundane as what I had for breakfast, I feel comfortable doing so. But I also see the value of blogs as a hardcore promotional tool, and I know a lot of authors use them a LOT more effectively than I do.
So, savvy…in my case, not so much. I think that because I started blogging so long ago, I’ve continued to use my blog more casually than many authors. It’s a tool, but for me, it’s probably not as effective for promo as it could be.
5. Do you think that there will ever be anything that could tempt your sweet tooth back into action? And what do you crave during PMS if you don’t want sweets?
LOL! What a fun question! But alas, I think my sweet tooth is the one that got the root canal. It’s dead. I do crave sweets every once in a while, but it’s very, very rare. When I do get a craving, for some reason I want a Dairy Queen sundae. Of course, I usually eat two bites and I’m done. I also enjoy the Godiva chocolate cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory. Takes me three days to eat a slice, though!
For the most part, I crave salt when I’m PMSing. Potato chips, popcorn, and cheese!
6. Are you sure it says Demonica and not Demented on the cover of Pleasure Unbound?
*g* Pretty sure, but I’m working on that Demented proposal! *g*
Larissa Ione‘s current release is the first book of the Demonica series, Pleasure Unbound, and she’s giving away a signed copy to one lucky winner!
Want to get the inside track on the world of Occult Special Investigator Tess Corday, and the world of the Core? You’re in the right place. Details on the contest below.
Jes: Welcome to the studio. I’d like to introduce Tess Corday and Derrick Siegel, who both work for the Central Occult Regulation Enterprise, or CORE. Tess, can you describe your job for the readers?
Tess: I’m an Occult Special Investigator.
Derrick: Level One.
T: [glaring]. Yes. Level One. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
D: I can read minds. Some people might think that’s much cooler.
T: But I get better hours. And I have a gun.
D: So do I!
T: But you couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn with it–
J: [interrupting] Maybe you could both talk about what the CORE does, exactly.
T: Sure. They’re a transnational blanket organization that investigates occult homicides. They use a mixture of forensic technology and mystical rituals to analyze paranormal crime scenes.
D: Like on CSI Las Vegas.
T: Not, not like on CSI Las Vegas. They don’t have demons and warlocks.
D: But they have Bill Petersen. He’s hot.
T: Of course. But he doesn’t have to analyze vampire DNA.
D: Also, we don’t wear fancy clothes like the people on CSI. There’s no point, since we’ll just get blood and demon guts on them anyways.
J: What’s the most difficult case you’ve ever been on?
T: In Night Child, we have to investigate a crime-scene with a dead vampire’s body (really dead, not just undead). It turns out to be a big vampire conspiracy. Things get pretty hot and heavy.
J: What’s a “night child?”
D: Didn’t you come up with it? You’re the writer.
J: I’m trying to be mysterious.
T: Well, then–everyone should read the book so they can find out.
J: What did you find particularly hard about the case in Night Child?
D: [giggling] I’ll tell you what she found ‘hard’–
T: Shut up.
D: His name is Lucian Agrado.
J: Is he a love interest, Tess?
T: He’s a big pain in my ass. Like a black hole.
D: Imagine if Gael Garcia Bernal was a necromancer. He’s that hot.
J: What does a necromancer do, exactly?
T: They can manipulate necroid materia, which is forbidden by the CORE.
J: And your specialty is earth materia?
T: Yeah. I’m good at channeling geothermic energy. Derrick’s telepathy comes from dendrite materia, but we’re not even sure if that exists.
D: My materia is just as good as yours.
T: Sure [inaudible] you’re invisible materia.
D: I heard that, betch.
J: Were you two ever an item?
T [snorting with laughter]. Derrick’s a homo.
D: [proudly] I am.
T: We made out once. It was funny.
D: I’m a good kisser.
T: [stage whisper] He’s really not.
D: That was back in college, though.
J: Is that how you two met?
T: We were both working for the CORE at the time, but that was the first time we met, yeah. They tend to enlist you early. I joined when I was 12.
J: How do you think that affected your life?
T: Um–made it a lot less predictable?
D: Luckily, they have full dental.
T [nodding]: The benefits are quite competitive.
J: What’s the scariest thing about Night Child?
D: There’s a butt plug.
T: He’s serious.
D: And a shark demon. Oh, and cursed house music.
T: And a bondage chamber, remember?
D: Oh yeah. And also, there’s a horrible scene with a gumball machine.
J: I don’t remember writing that.
D: You were probably high.
J [shrugs] Probably.
T: There’s also a lot of gruesome autopsies, bloody fingerprints, demon DNA, an eyeball, and second-hand couch that swallows people.
D: And Tess gets naked.
T: I do not!
D: Well, sort of.
T: OK, fine. Sort of.
D: Oh, and the black playdough. Don’t forget that.
T: [shivers] How could I?
J: Derrick, do you have a love interest in this book?
D: Well, Jes, you should know the answer to that. I’m just hoping that I get a lot more action in Hextacy.
J: That can be arranged.
D: Have I mentioned how awesome you are?
J: Yes. Many times. Anything else you want to add?
T: This book will scare the crap out of you. Seriously. Mo Hayder and Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs all think so.
D: None of them have read it.
T: Not yet. But when they do, it’ll scare them. I promise.
D: The cover is also amazing. Tess doesn’t look that hot in real life.
T: You’re an ass.
D: I’m just being honest.
T: You’re just jealous because I got the whole cover.
D: I’m going to be on the next one. Tim Lantz promised to make me look just like Zachary Quinto.
T: No he didn’t.
D: Ok…he didn’t. But I do sort of—
J and T stare at him.
D: OK. Never mind. Just read Night Child. It costs the same as a venti mocha raspberry frappe with an extra shot. That’s a bargain.
Jes Battis debuts today with Night Child, the first book in the series starring Tess Corday. He has just finished writing the second book, so head on over to his blog to congratulate him!
Now, for the contest. Comment to enter, but the devil’s in the details, as they say:
You have to live in an area that has a locally-based (in other words, I won’t have to pay for international postage) online bookstore through which I can order Night Child for you, and if you win, you have to write a review of the book that I will post here on the blog.
My relationship with Raine Weaver isn’t friendship exactly. She picks on me, and I pick on her–that’s how I got the excerpt out of her. Maybe it’s mutual antagonism? But in a good way. Sorta, we strike off happy sparks of each other rather than hungry flames of revenge.
Anyway, we hope you enjoy the excerpt. The Last Man on Earth releases today from Samhain Publishing. (Links updated!)
This is NOT a test…
Iris Foley and Russell Carr are old friends who share everything. As they indulge in a marathon viewing of old, campy horror films on a stormy Halloween night, they are suddenly faced with the very real possibility that something has happened to the outside world.
Just as the last gasp of the Emergency Broadcast System issues a dire warning, they are plunged into isolation and darkness. Naturally, they decide to do what any frightened, civic-minded young couple would do.
They decide to have sex.
Now if only old fears, a surprise adversary, and the Apocalypse wouldn’t keep getting in their way…