I am very excited to welcome author Larissa Ione to the blog today. Larissa is the author of paranormal romance series Demonica and Lords of Deliverance (I recently reviewed and thoroughly enjoyed book one, Eternal Rider).
Hi Larissa, thank you so much for answering our questions today, it’s great to have you at Book Chick City. Tell us about your typical writing day?
Up around seven. I take the dog for a walk, check email, play around a little, and then get to work. I work until I go to bed, but I do take breaks to take the dog to the lake or go out and play with her.
I am loving your Lords of Deliverance. How many books do you see in the series?
Technically, four. But Reaver’s book follows and will be a bit of a blend between the LOD and Demonica series.
Do you have an ending in site for the Lords of Deliverance series?
It “sort of” ends with book 4, Rogue Rider. But really, the LOD series is so intertwined with the Demonica series that when the next book comes out after Rogue Rider, it’ll be both a Demonica and LOD book.
World building is so important in fantasy/paranormal literature, how do you go about building your world in the Lords of Deliverance series?
I build everything off our world, which not only makes it easier, but it grounds the reader in something they know. For example, just as religion plays a role in every human’s life (even atheists must deal with religion…there are churches and holidays everywhere,) so does it play a role in every demon’s life. I really try to keep things as grounded in reality as possible.
How much of your own personality bleeds into your characters?
I think my sarcasm and love of animals shows up in all of the books and characters. And maybe my love of coffee. And beer. And whisky…
Do you fall in love with your own characters? Especially the gorgeous, sexy hero’s you create?
Oh, yes. I fall in love with each one as I’m writing. Of course, at times I hate them too. Some of them have given me a real challenge!
Do you have any other projects in the pipeline apart from the LOD and Demonica series?
No details yet!
If you hadn’t become a writer, what would you have done for a living?
I was a meteorologist, and I loved it. I’d go back to that.
Do you have any writer’s superstitions?
Nope. I’m not really a superstitious person.
Fictional guy crush from a book?
Prince Llewellyn from Here Be Dragons, by Sharon Kay Penman.
What was the last book you bought?
Wicked Nights, by Gena Showalter.
What’s your all time favourite book?
Probably The Eye of the World, by Robert Jordan. I’ve read it about a thousand times.
Totally can’t pick just one. I’m a huge movie buff, and I love so many of them. To name a few, all of the Lord of the Rings movies, Star Trek (new one,) Galaxy Quest, Overboard, While You Were Sleeping, Independence Day, Ever After, The Avengers.
Favourite junk food?
Pizza! And popcorn.
What music do you enjoy listening to?
If you could be ANYONE for just one day, who would you want to be and why?
Kate Middleton. I would LOVE to live just one day as a royal, and to see what they’re like in private.
Name five people (alive or resurrected) you’d invite to your fantasy dinner party and what would you eat?
Princess Diana (shock, given my last answer, right?), Sandra Bullock, David Boreanaz, Gordon Ramsay, and Liam Neeson. What would we eat? Whatever Chef Ramsay cooks! See, there’s a method to my madness…
Describe yourself in five words
Emotional, tough, sarcastic, dorky, optimistic.
How many cups of coffee to you consume when writing?
Enough to float a small boat.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
My son. I do my very best because of him.
Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.